Press Release

For immediate Release

New president named for Teen Challenge International, U.S.A.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri—July 20, 2015 – The Assemblies of God U.S. Missions and Teen Challenge International, U.S.A. are pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Batluck, Sr., as president of Teen Challenge International, U.S.A. Batluck will begin his leadership role effective August 1, 2015. Currently, he serves as the executive director and president for Teen Challenge Training Center, Inc., in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania, a role he’s held for nine years. During this time, he has overseen the ten locations in the corporation, including the Training Center in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania, where several centers send their male students to complete their Teen Challenge training. Through his tenure, Batluck has brought the Training Center into a greater sense of financial stability.Prior to his time with the training center, Batluck served for thirty years as a chaplain for the U.S. Army, both stateside and overseas.

Zollie L. Smith, Jr., executive director for U.S. Missions, is excited to have Joe Batluck as president for Teen Challenge International, U.S.A. “I look forward to the direction and the leadership Joe will bring to Teen Challenge and its centers across the nation. We are extraordinarily blessed to have him on our team.” In addition to his responsibilities as president for Teen Challenge International, U.S.A., Joe will also serve as a member of the U.S. Missions Executive Committee and as a general presbyter for the Assemblies of God movement.

About Teen Challenge International, U.S.A. (

Founded in 1958, Teen Challenge International, U.S.A. offers Christ-centered, faith-based solutions for youth, adults, and families struggling with life-controlling problems, such as addiction.

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