Let Jesus fix it - Ron Brown   

Recorded 2012 at a concert to support Betesda, a Danish TC Rehab centre.

Vocal and Nord: Ron Brown, Executive Director of Teen Challenge California.
Drums: Martin Boesenbæk.

Ron Brown has ministered as a worship leader, youth pastor, assistant pastor and associate pastor. For eight years Rev. Brown served the Los Angeles Mission as a Chaplain, Program Director of its Long Beach outreach, Director of Urban impact, and the Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Ron oversees the ministry of Teen Challenge in Southern California, which includes eight centers located in Kern, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. In addition to the year-long structured Christian discipleship program for those addicted to drugs and alcohol, Teen Challenge of Southern California provides comprehensive outreach and prevention programs for inner-city youth at risk of gang affiliation and drug abuse.

In addition to his Executive Director responsibilities, Ron is an ordained minister and the Missions Pastor of Eben-Ezer Family Church in Carson, California. This 3,000-member congregation is the fastest growing multicultural church in the South Bay. Rev. Brown oversees the 24 missionaries supported by the Eben-Ezer Family Church who are stationed around the world.

Ron is married to the beautiful Demetra Ann Brown, is the father of 2 daughters and has four grandchildren.

Teen Challenge is the oldest, largest and most successful program of its kind in the world, and was founded over 50 years ago by Reverend David Wilkerson. It was Feb. 28, 1958 when the 26-year-old Pentecostal preacher from rural Pennsylvania disrupted a highly publicized murder trial in New York City. Wilkerson had made the eight-hour drive from his quiet mountain town to downtown Manhattan for a simple reason; to speak to the seven accused gang members about their salvation. In a grave attempt to share the love of God, Wilkerson rushed to the front of the courtroom at the close of trial proceedings and pleaded publicly with the judge for permission to meet the teenage defendants. News media were everywhere, and Wilkerson unwittingly made himself the source of headline news throughout New York City.

The judge had been receiving death threats during the trial, and Wilkerson was almost arrested as a presumed assailant. The judge later refused Wilkerson's request to see the boys and ordered him never to return to his courtroom. Wilkerson made more than the news back in 1958; five months after his discouraging day in court, his compassion for teen-age gangs and drug addicts began to make history. Since Wilkerson opened the first center in New York in 1960, Teen Challenge has grown to over 195 centers across the nation and over 550 centers worldwide. In Puerto Rico and parts of Africa the organization is building AIDS care facilities. Wilkerson also founded a global evangelistic ministry, World Challenge. Yet the Pentecostal preacher remains today what he was over 50 years ago; a man dedicated to preaching the gospel in the heart of New York City.

Teen Challenge of Southern California was established in 1963 and includes nine regional facilities with seven strategically placed residential facilities throughout Southern California. Last year Teen Challenge served over 200,000 men, women and children in Southern California through its resident and outreach programs. The Teen Challenge residential program continues to be one of the largest and most effective substance abuse recovery and prevention programs of its kind.

Teen Challenge is a non-profit organization that relies entirely on the generous donations, funding and volunteer efforts of both individuals and organizations throughout our communities in order to offer services at no cost to the individual. We know that community involvement and support is an essential component of recovery and necessary to providing services that address the specific needs of the communities involved.

It is the mission of Teen Challenge to provide youth, adults and children an effective and comprehensive faith-based solution to drug and alcohol addiction as well as other life-controlling problems. Teen Challenge reaches out to people from all backgrounds, with particular emphasis on the urban poor, women, and ethnic minorities.TC also give back to the communities with outreaches, events, after-school programs and much more.

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