Life Challenge Ministries is the umbrella organization for our Detroit, Lansing, Flint and Toledo Adult and Teen Challenge ministries. Under the overall executive leadership of Jeff Bonzelaar, the Directors have responsibility for managing specific areas of the ministry. In addition to the Directors, each campus has many staff and volunteers who manage operations, maintain facilities, teach, counsel and supervise our residents.
Jeff Bonzelaar serves as the Executive Director of Life Challenge Ministries and has been employed with the ministry for over 24 years. His vision leads all our campuses and ministry functions. He has a special heart for the ministry as he grew up at a Teen Challenge. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and holds a Masters Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelors Degree from Southeastern University. He has served as a sectional Secretary/Treasurer and Presbyter for the Assemblies of God, Michigan District. He has been married to Lori for 22 years and has four wonderful sons.
Ken Keene serves as the Director of Men and Education. He received his Bachelor of Religious Education from Michigan Theological Seminary (now Moody Theological Seminary) and a Certificate in Bible from Central Bible College. He was a church planter for 3 years and currently serves as a deacon at Revival Tabernacle in Highland Park, MI. He has been married to Rachel for 20 years and is the grateful father of four children.
Sheila serves as the Director of Women and Assistant to the Executive Director. She received her Doctorate of Ministry Degree from United Thelogical Seminary and her Masters Degree in Counseling and Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences from Spring Arbor University. She is a Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor as well as a credentialed minister with the Church of God. She is married to Brian and has 2 grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Joel entered Detroit Teen Challenge as a student in 1982 after a long and unsuccessful battle with alcohol. After graduating from the program, he joined the ranks of staff and was eventually promoted to the position of Work Coordinator. Thrifty and resourceful by nature, his hard work and dependability paid off. In 1994, he was promoted to the position of Business and Operations Manager. However, it was not long until his skill-set gained him the position of Director of Business and Operations. Joel has his builder’s license and oversees the finances of the entire ministry. He is married to Judy and has two grown children.
John Richardson serves as our Director of Development. He has taught at the University of South Dakota and the University of Toronto. He is the founder of ad agency Eidos Group, Inc., the new media services company Digital Chicken, and president of Xynapx, a new media consulting company. John is married to Brenda and is the father of two boys.
Phil Hall, Men’s Director, Detroit & Flint Campus
Phil Hall serves as our Men’s Director. Phil entered the program in 2009 after years of struggling with alcohol and drug use. Leaving the program in 2010, Phil remained close to the ministry as he began a new career. The Lord placed a calling on him to return to Life Challenge in 2014 to serve the men. He is currently pursuing his credentialing through Michigan School of Ministry. Phil is married to Amy and has four beautiful daughters and a son.
Martin Hall, Director, Toledo Crisis Referral Center
Martin serves as our Director of the Toledo Crisis Referral Center. Prior to joining the team at Life Challenge, he had a successful career working in the secular world as a marketing and media sales manager. Martin is a Life Challenge graduate. Martin is married to Darla and has two daughters. He lives in Monroe, Michigan and serves northern Ohio and southern, southeast Michigan.