Our Boarding School Staff
Erik Winston (Executive Director) and Melissa Winston (Program Manager)
Erik and Melissa Winston come to Adult and Teen Challenge of Oklahoma from nearby Joplin, Missouri. They have been married for 15 years and have two children, Malachi and Isaiah. Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and a Master of Divinity in Theology and Apologetics. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Christian Education and a Master of Marriage & Family Therapy. They have a combined total of 33 years of experience working in youth development, youth ministry, counseling, and education. Most importantly, they love the Lord and are passionate about teens and families!
While sitting in a church service in Skiatook, Oklahoma, Heidi heard a group from Teen Challenge of Oklahoma share about a ministry to hurting young people. The Holy Spirit spoke to Heidi and opened the doors for her to serve at New Life House as residential staff in 2005. After growing up in an abusive home and feeling unloved, Heidi sensed a calling to minister to those the world saw as unlovable. Heidi is a great support to the students at Teen Challenge and loves cheering for them at their games and spending time with them. Heidi said, “I want to impact younger generations in a positive way before the world affects them in a negative way. I want to help young people overcome the past and to become all the God has called them to be.” Heidi is a certified minister and is pursuing her license in Ministry and is also currently serving as the Children’s Pastor at Jay First Assembly of God. She enjoys watching movies, crafts, reading and writing and playing games.
Rachel Nicholson (Asst. School Administrator, Athletic Director)
Rachel was working in an all-girls lockdown facility for felony offenders ages 12-18 and serving as a youth sponsor at her church. When an opportunity arose with Teen Challenge of Oklahoma, she was excited to take her 2 passions and put them together in one ministry to reach hurting young people. Rachel has worked as a classroom monitor for both the girls and girls programs and now serves as the Kitchen Coordinator. During her youth, Rachel experienced years of abuse. Once uncovered, the Lord led her through a time of spiritual healing and spiritual growth. It was during that time in her life that Rachel truly developed a relationship with Christ. Rachel enjoys coaching the students at Teen Challenge in both basketball and volleyball and teaching them helpful life lessons as they compete. Rachel has earned her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and has earned her license for ministry with Global University. Rachel hopes to continue her ministry with Teen Challenge and one day earn her ordination and direct a Teen Challenge facility.
Sara Foster (Dean of Girls, Aftercare Coordinator)
Sara began her time with Teen Challenge during an internship for her college degree. She graduated from Southern Christian University with a bachelor’s in Psychology & Counseling with a concentration in marriage and family. She had always had an interest in Teen Challenge, and so when an opportunity arose for her to stay beyond her internship and join the staff of New Lifehouse, it was obvious the Lord had already been orchestrating her role as Lead Direct Care. Sara enjoys the ministry aspect of Teen Challenge and working with the girls to overcome life controlling issues. She is also trained in working with Human Trafficking Victims and Biblical counseling. When not working with the girls, Sara enjoys painting/drawing, being outdoors, driving her truck, and going on mission trips. Sara said, “I am so blessed to already be in my dream job at such a young age.”
Trina Reynolds (Classroom Teacher)
Growing up as a Teen Challenge Director’s son, Trina says she developed a tender heart for this life-changing program. Throughout college, she worked off and on for a Teen Challenge program in Arkansas and felt that God was leading her to continue working full time for the ministry she had grown to love. Trina has a hunger for knowledge and enjoys reading and learning new languages, which makes her role as the girl’s classroom teacher a great combination. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Intercultural studies. Trina says the thing she enjoys most about Teen Challenge is, “Sharing dependency on God more than anything else because it makes us effective where situations seem hopeless. I’ve seen lives radically changed for that reason.” During her free time, Trina loves cooking, singing and listening to various types of music, especially jazz, and hosting friends and family in her home.
Melissa and her husband have served as youth pastors in both Detroit and Tulsa. Melissa previously worked for New Lifehouse as a direct care staff before going to work for the womens program as a discipleship coordinator. She is back with New LIfehouse as a classroom teacher. Her many years of experience and passion for youth make her a great part of the team here at Oklahoma Teen Challenge
Stephen Shields (Property Manager)
In 2012, Teen Challenge of Oklahoma acquired a new facility in Checotah, OK. Stephen was a caretaker over the property and an agreement was made that he “came with the building”. Since that time, Stephen has joined the adolescent team as a staff intern and helps in various ways. Whether doing maintenance projects, cooking, or helping with work projects, Stephen loves working with the students and seeing their lives changed as they work through the program. Stephen enjoys tinkering and fixing things and likes to go fishing in the nearby lake. He is originally from Scotland, but working with the students and staff has given him a reason to call Oklahoma home.
Kristina Golan – Assistant to the Executive Director
Kristina joined our team from New York in March of 2016. She was born and raised in Long Island and spent her youth and college years competing with the Olympic Developmental Soccer Team. Kristina went to college on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Management. During her soccer career, she sustained a series of devastating knee injuries which resulted in multiple surgeries. As a result, she developed a dependence on pain medication and consequently entered the ministry of Long Island Teen Challenge. It was there that God first grabbed a hold of her heart.
As a graduate of Long Island Teen Challenge, Kristina was offered the opportunity to become a staff member as the Missions and Outreach Coordinator. While serving at LITC, Kristina coordinated a mission trip to the Dominican Republic Teen Challenge in partnership with Teen Challenge OK. While there, she had an instant connection with the students and felt as though God used that trip to open the door for her to join the team in Oklahoma.
After much prayer and counsel, Kristina took a huge leap of faith and moved to Oklahoma. She began as a Direct Care staff member, eventually becoming Lead Direct Care, and most recently has transitioned into the role of Executive Assistant role. Kristina can use her love of photography in her capacity as the Media Coordinator for TCOK. She is so grateful to be able to give back to the ministry that started her on the path that the Lord always intended her to walk.
Rachel Nicholson – Athletic Director/Asst. School Administrator
Bio coming soon.
Jesse Davidson – Discipleship Coordinator
Bio coming soon.