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Jacqueline-StrothoffJACQUELINE STROTHOFF, Executive Director
Executive Director Rhode Island and Boston

Twelve years of drug addiction drove Jacqueline Strothoff to participate in every rehabilitation effort presented to her as she desperately struggled to overcome her addiction. Those years were devastating as she was committed several times to psychiatric hospitals and incarcerated for criminal activities.

During one of those stays in a psychiatric hospital in 1974, Jacqui experienced a life-changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Upon her release, she entered New Life For Girls, a one year Christian residential discipleship program in Pennsylvania. From there, she enrolled in a ministerial training program at Rev. David Wilkerson’s Twin Oaks Leadership Academy in Texas, where she met her husband, Bob. They spent the next several years working in Teen Challenge centers across the country and then settled in Springfield, Missouri where Jacqui earned a degree in social work from Southwest Missouri State College.

Jacqui has ably served the Lord in a variety of capacities in churches and ministries. Her life and testimony has impacted thousands of hurting lives. Today that impact continues as she serves Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey in a senior leadership role.

Jacqui is the proud mother of two adult children and the ecstatic grandmother of two adorable grandchildren.

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Jonathan-MelloJONATHAN MELLO, Associate Director
Teen Challenge Boston

Jonathan Mello is the Associate Director for Teen Challenge Boston. Although he was exposed to Christian principles and biblical practices early in life, he drifted away from those teachings and adopted an atheistic worldview.

Jonathan eventually found himself facing significant legal issues as a juvenile and as an adult that led him to seek help at Teen Challenge. He enrolled in the Brockton Campus program in July 2001 at the age of 20.

Three weeks after he entered the program, God revealed himself mightily through scripture (Lam. 2:17) to him and completely changed his outlook on life. Jonathan graduated the program in 2002, received his ministerial credentials in 2004 and currently attends Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he is studying to earn his M.Div.

He and his wife, Tabatha, are both involved in Christian ministry and make a home with their dog, Spurgeon.