Who We Are

Executive Director of Teen Challenge Illinois Paul Hinzman & Debbie Hinzman

Teen Challenge is a 14 mos. faith-based program that focuses on redemption and healing of addiction through faith, discipline, and personal study. The program includes an internship upon graduation that helps our graduates assimilate back into the work force with a renewed spirit.
Know the Signs of addiction and depression. If you have a family member or loved one you think might be struggling then it’s important to know the tell tale signs that something potentially life threatening might be happening. Prayer & learning are the most effective tools for addiction.
Teen Challenge has a 50+ history of success and has locations in all 50 states as well as other locations worldwide. As one of the largest faith-based organizations in the world Teen Challenge has a history of success like no other. Our success rates & global wide reach is a blessing.
R. Paul Hinzman is the Executive Director of Teen Challenge Illinois (TCI), which is part of a worldwide network of ministries that includes over 240 centers in the U.S. & over 1200 around the world. He is also credentialed as an ordained minister through the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Paul completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Evangel University and is currently obtaining a Master of Arts degree from Lincoln Christian University. He and his wife Debbie are proud parents of three children: Kaitlyn, Karyssa, and Joshua.
Paul believes that “every life has purpose” and is dedicated to helping individuals with life-controlling issues find theirs.
Teen Challenge is staffed by professionals, ministers & program graduates who know what it is like to be on the road your friend or family member is on. Many graduates of the program return to work for Teen Challenge and serve others like themselves to give back.

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Christ-Centered Staff

Over 50 years Experience

Christ-Centered Solutions

Proven Results


Graduates Still Drug Free
Abstain from Drugs & Alcohol
Need no further treatment for addiction
Success Rate
Dr. Roger Thompson of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga conducted a study focusing on 13 years of Teen Challenge graduates.


Paul Hinzman

Executive Director

Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Debbie Hinzman

Executive Assistant

Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Randy Atchley

Director Peoria Center

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

brian wood

Director Chicago Center 

Philippians 2:13 (NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

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