Wendell Carmack-Executive Director

Wendell Carmack

Executive Director

Wendell Carmack is one of the founding board members of Visions of Eastern Kentucky which initially cast the vision for starting Chad's Hope as a faith based rehabilitation center.  He has served as a bi-vocational pastor in Southeast Kentucky for 31 years and retired from the Bureau of Prisons in December 2013.  Wendell served as a volunteer and part-time staff member for Chad's Hope Teen Challenge after his retirement.  He graduated from Clear Creek Bible College, Pineville, KY. in 1985 with a B.S. degree in Biblical studies.  He has been married to his wife, Lisa Rene', since 1984, and they have three children, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Chad.

Maurice Washington – Intake Coordinator

Maurice Washington

Intake Coordinator/Program Manager

Maurice was born in Philadelphia, PA. He is an Air Force veteran and drove trucks for many years prior to working for the ministry of Teen Challenge. Maurice is a graduate of Rehrersburg, PA Teen Challenge.  From 1998 to 2005 he served as Intake Director at Harrisburg, PA Teen Challenge, as the Intake Director of Rochester, NY Teen Challenge from 2006 to 2007, and as the Intake/Facilities Director at Western Kentucky Teen Challenge from 2007 to 2009. Maurice became a member of the Chad's Hope team in December 2009 where he has worked as Dean of Students and most recently as the Intake Coordinator/Program Manager. Maurice has been serving in the ministry of Teen Challenge over 17 years.

Steve May

Assistant Director & Dean of Academics/Counseling

Steve May has been a resident of Clay County since 1982. He has served as an educator with the Oneida Baptist Institute and Alice Lloyd College and is a twenty-four year veteran in pastoral service, presently serving as bi-vocational pastor with the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Clay County. Professional experience includes social work in a multi-disciplinary treatment team with emotionally disturbed youth and their families. Steve holds undergraduate and graduate studies in psychiatric social work and two masters degrees from Liberty Theological Seminary. Additionally, Steve is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an LSW and plans to pursue CADC certification. Publications include “Mountain Rising” by D.C. Richardson along with a variety of articles and book reviews. He has been married for 42 years. His wife serves the local hospital as the physicians credentialing coordinator. Their daughter also serves in the medical field as a surgical nurse. Steve began employment with Chad’s Hope in August 2014.

Jack Christensen – Direct Care Staff

Jack Christensen

Direct Care Staff

Jack came to Chad's Hope in February of 2012.  He had Bible College training for Missions and Bible, and served in Africa and Pakistan.  Jack is the teacher and counselor for the new students in Phase One.

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John Finley

Work Experience Supervisor

John arrived as a student at Chad's Hope Teen Challenge in February 2016 bound by the chains of a 15 year drug addiction.  He became a new creation in Christ during his time as a student and was absolutely set free by te power of God.  After his graduation, John wanted to stay and give back to other students what he had so freely received.  He waorked as a staff assistant and then staff intern before becoming a full tiume staff member.  John states, "It's amazing to serve and work with men who face the same life controlling issues I struggled with.  It's a blessing watching them find the same freedom I've found."  

John is originally from Breckenridge County, Kentucky.