a service of Teen Challenge International, USA


Hometown: Hot Springs, Arkansas

What's your family background?
Raised in a Christian home. My dad was an insurance agent and my mom was his secretary. Bev and I met in college and were married in 1976. We have three grown sons, the oldest of which is married.

Why do you enjoy working at Teen Challenge USA?
I enjoy working here because I believe we can help our local centers become more effective in their ministry to their students. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing a life experience a II Cor. 5:17 transformation! I also enjoy it because I have found that some of the greatest people in the kingdom of God work in Teen Challenge. Their heart for those in need and desire to reach out to the lost and hurting inspire me to want to do more to help others.

Tell us 3 random things about you...

  • I'm a sports nut.
  • I like to play chess, though I am not very good at it.
  • I like being involved in drama because deep down inside I am a "ham." I enjoy making people laugh.

info@teenchallengeusa.com, (417) 581-2181 x206

The Legalization Lie

Written by Jack Smart on Dec 20, 2013

I had the privilege in October to speak at the Fall Banquet for El Paso Teen Challenge with their Executive Director, Albert Iberra. (It was my third banquet that month—what a blessing!) While speaking to them about the need in our country I felt the … [ read more ]

The Urgent Need

Written by Jack Smart on Dec 19, 2013

I realize that probably every person associated with Teen Challenge understands that we face an urgent need in our country regarding the impact and influence of drug and alcohol addiction, dependence, and abuse. And of course, that is just the tip of the iceberg in … [ read more ]

The Greatest Thing in All My Life

Written by Jack Smart on Sep 17, 2013

As I was finishing my Master’s Degree at Wheaton College in 1979 I began to think about where to start in ministry. Chi Alpha (XA) seemed to be a logical choice. I had been heavily involved as an undergrad and it had made a huge … [ read more ]

A Hallelujah Ending

Written by Jack Smart on Jun 27, 2013

Frank Reynolds’ funeral ended with his casket being rolled out of the sanctuary to the music of The Hallelujah Chorus; thus ended the earthly presence of a unique and precious man. Frank had three careers in his life. He started out as a pastor with … [ read more ]


Written by Jack Smart on Apr 02, 2013

In my Bible reading I have been in a well, um, shall we say, less than thrilling portion of scripture; the book of Numbers. Now I do think Numbers has gotten a bad rap but it can be a bit dry. However, it does let … [ read more ]

Are you getting the Results you should?

Written by Jack Smart on Jan 03, 2013

I believe that almost everyone who works at Teen Challenge is an idealist. By that I mean that we believe that anyone who comes through the doors of our program can experience a complete transformation in their life—no matter how hopeless and addicted they may … [ read more ]

Connect: Yes We Did!

Written by Jack Smart on Sep 27, 2012

It is hard to overstate how blessed I was as we met together in Denver on August 5-7 at our national Teen Challenge conference! I have had very few experiences in Teen Challenge that buoyed my spirit like those three days. Of course I am … [ read more ]

Gwen Wilkerson’s passing

Written by Jack Smart on Jul 05, 2012

To all our Teen Challenge friends and family: I am saddened to inform you that we have just learned Sister Gwen Wilkerson has passed away.  Please keep the family in your prayers. Of course, we know that while we are saddened to lose such a … [ read more ]

“For the People had a Mind to Work”

Written by Jack Smart on May 02, 2012

I find this quote from Nehemiah 4:6 to be one of the most encouraging and important phrases in the scriptures. It describes the single-minded camaraderie of the people of Jerusalem in rebuilding the wall after Nehemiah had come from Susa, the capital of the Persian … [ read more ]

First Step by Don Wilkerson

Written by Jack Smart on Jan 20, 2012

Rev. Don Wilkerson has provided a valuable tool for Teen Challenge centers everywhere with his new book, First Step. In this very readable 144 page volume Brother Don provides valuable and life-changing information for those who are bound by addictions, those who have received help … [ read more ]