Staff Directory

Rev. Craig Harper
Rev. Craig Harper, Executive Director

Craig has been working with Teen Challenge since 1992. Craig obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Chemistry Education from Louisiana State University in 1987. He has done graduate work at Cardinal Stritch University and Marquette Graduate School of Business. In 2007, Craig was awarded a scholarship to attend classes in the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He was chosen for this opportunity by members of the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin and attended additional classes in 2009 and 2014, both at the business school and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Craig served on the National Teen Challenge Board of Directors and as a National Teen Challenge Regional Representative from 1996 to 2002. He is an ordained Assembly of God Minister and Nationally Appointed Home Missionary. He is past President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Northwest Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the U.S. Swimming Foundation, U.S. Golf Association, the Northshore Republicans, the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Rotary, and Milwaukee Rotary’s Partners in Education Committee. In 2012, Craig was appointed to the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse by Governor Scott Walker as his appointed Designee.

Jennifer Harper
Mrs. Jennifer Harper, Women's Program Director

Jennifer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Oral Roberts University, as well as Rhema Bible College in Oklahoma. In 1997, Jennifer received a Diploma in Bible and Ministerial Training from Rhema Bible College while working at the headquarters of Domata School of European Missions located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In 1999, Jennifer moved to Ladispoli, Italy to work as an administrator and teacher at the Domata Bible School-Italy. Jennifer then moved to Juiz de Fora, Brazil to help start Domata Bible School-Brazil. Jennifer worked as a youth minister at Harvest Family Church in Toronto, Canada and then at East Coast Believer’s Church in Orlando. In 2007, Jennifer moved to Hartland, Wisconsin to work as a youth minister and administrative assistant at Lake Country Family Church, while also working part-time at Teen Challenge Wisconsin in development, accounting, and general administration. After seven years as a part-time employee, Jennifer accepted the full-time position of Women’s Program Director for Teen Challenge Wisconsin’s Robby Dawson Home for Women. Jennifer’s hard work, ministry experience, and dedication to the Lord have been a great benefit to Adult & Teen Challenge of Wisconsin’s Women’s program.

Mark Rainey
Mr. Mark Rainey, Dean of Men

Mark grew up here in Milwaukee and graduated from Washington High School as an all-city running back. In 1981, he was recruited as a full scholarship Division 2 NCAA athlete by Minnesota State University located in Mankato, Minnesota. A crack cocaine addiction stopped Mark's dreams and desires. By God's grace, Mark entered Teen Challenge Wisconsin in 2004. After completing the induction phase in Milwaukee, he entered phase two at "God's Mountain" in Rehersberg Pennsylvainia in 2005. Mark Rainey currently works at Adult & Teen Challenge of Wisconsin as the Dean of Men. He does an outstanding job and is one of the best, serving faithfully at our center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sonia McDonald, Education Coordinator

Sonia McDonald was born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts. She graduated with a Degree in Communications from Curry College located in Milton, Massachusetts in 2002. She loves coffee, chocolate, and apple pie. But more than anything she loves the Lord and building his kingdom. Young people are her passion, and helping people live a life in pursuit of Jesus is her mission drive. Sonia recently joined Teen Challenge and is excited to be part of the Education Department where she helps students with their classroom studies while in the program.

Abigail Ramos , Special Events Coordinator

Abigail was born in New York where she lived until she was 9. In 2001 she and her family moved to Guatemala City, Guatemala to be missionaries through the Assemblies of God. She lived in Guatemala up until she graduated high school in 2010. She then moved to Florida to attend Southeastern University where she obtained a B.S. in Theology in December of 2014. Abigail worked two years at the General Council of the Assemblies of God Missions Department.

Our additional staff members include...
Mike Burkenpas
SuperThrift Manager
Ms. Melanie Leitinger Ms. Melanie Leitinger
SuperThrift Staff
Ms. Denise O'Brien Mrs. Denise O’Brien
Associate Director Finances
Kourtney Szurgot
Women's Program Staff
Brandon Thyrion
Intake Staff Member

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