Our History

Teens For Christ began its youth ministry efforts more than twenty-five years ago. For several years growth was slow and the vision was unclear. God brought Buck Sutton to be the Executive Director in 1997 (titled President as of 2013.) At that time, we were running 3 chapters, with 30 students and 8 volunteers. Our numbers were small, but our dreams were much bigger. We had no idea God was going to turn our man-sized dreams into God-sized realities. With a new, clear purpose, God began Teens For Christ’s journey to achieve more growth than anyone had thought possible. We dedicated ourselves to prayer, trusting God to expand our ministry to fulfill our vision statement: To develop an army to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Luke 18:27 – Jesus replied, “What’s impossible with man is possible with God.”

With our sights set on local growth, we set out to minister to every school district in the Lima area, and maybe a few other U.S. cities. We thought Teens For Christ could average a few thousand teens per week, but God’s plans were much bigger. In 2005 we got a call from a business man who had a contact for us in Nairobi, Kenya. From that point on, the ministry began expanding overseas. Now, to the Glory of God, He is using Teens For Christ to minister to around 300,000 teenagers per week in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, and the U.S.!