Greg grew up around the ministry of Adult & Teen Challenge and saw life transformation happen on a regular basis. God called Greg into full-time ministry when he was 16 years old, but followed his own path through the rest of high school and into college. Greg graduated from Memphis State University with a BBA in Management in 1992. After college, Greg was working for FedEx and was enrolled in their management training program when God revisited the call He had placed on Greg’s life. Greg immediately applied for Seminary Graduate school and in June of 2000, he graduated with a Master’s of Divinity Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Greg then served as the Dean of Students at Teen Challenge International Ministry Institute (TCIMI) in Jacksonville, Florida for 5 years. In December of 2005, God called Greg and his wife Ann and their young family to Griffin, Georgia to plant a Teen Challenge residential program for teen boys ages 13-17.
After 5 years as the founder and director of Teen Challenge Prayer Mountain Boys Academy, Greg joined the staff of Living Free in September of 2010 to become the Vice President of Operations. He became president of Living Free in January 2022. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and family along with fishing. Greg loves seeing a life transformed by Christ and he believes anyone can be used by God to lead a Living Free support group bringing hope, faith, and freedom into the life of individuals, families, communities, and generations to come.
Dan Strickland served as the president of Living Free from 2011-2022. Prior to serving as president, Dan served as the Vice President of Living Free since 1993. As well as participating in the day-to-day operations of the ministry, Dan trains churches in the U.S. and internationally to implement Living Free groups in churches and in non-residential support group ministries in communities.
Prior to joining Living Free, Dan served as an adult pastor and counselor at a church in Memphis, Tennessee. Dan is a graduate of Central Bible College and he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan and his wife Deb have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Clayton served with Adult & Teen Challenge from 1978 to 2011 and was Director of one of the first adolescent centers in Arkansas from 1984 until 1995. In 1997 He became State Director of Teen Challenge of Kentucky. It was during these first years as State Director, that Clayton, with the help of Memphis Teen Challenge, initiated Lifeline Connection in Kentucky, using the Living Free seminar, model, and curriculum.
In February 2011, Clayton was asked to be the full-time National Director of Lifeline Connection, now Living Free Community, by the President of Living Free, Dr. Jimmy R. Lee. Lifeline Connection and Living Free Community was endorsed by the Board of Directors of Teen Challenge, USA as their official nonresidential ministry. Clayton is a graduate of Trinity Bible Institute, Central Bible College, & is a certified Living Free Instructor, and is certified with Recovery Dynamics. Clayton & Beth have a son, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons. Beth pastors Shively Worship Center, an inner-city church in Louisville, KY.
Denise grew up in Eastern Tennessee in a strong Christian family, where both parents were part of the church staff most of her childhood. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Tennessee where she double majored in Psychology and Graphic Design. She published “An Emotional Alphabet”, a tool used in art therapy with children, as an undergraduate. During her career in mental health, she created the first AIDS awareness program in Chattanooga for the mentally ill, the highest at-risk population.
In 1996, Denise joined the corporate world as the Quality Coordinator for Philips Magnavox, North American division. While there, she received numerous global awards for training, process mapping, customer service surveys, and personnel motivation programs.
In 1998 she answered the call to ministry and was credentialed with the Church of God, World Harvester. She served as the youth pastor at Word of Life community church in Newport TN. A few years after returning to Chattanooga, Denise met her husband. They have served together in ministry and were credentialed with the Assemblies of God. In 2003, they started participating in the Turning Point program (which would later become Living Free) at their church.
Together Denise and Earl have five successful adult children whom they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and intense board gaming.
Denise stands on Psalm 37:4 as her life verse. In 2017, Denise joined the staff of Living Free. Most recently she has assumed the role of Director of Development and Executive Administrator. It is her heart's desire to be where her gifts and talents can be most utilized for advancing the Kingdom.
Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee is the founder and President Emeritus of Living Free, aka Turning Point Ministries, Inc. He is the author of Understanding the Times and several small group studies published by Living Free.
Dr. Lee is the founder and honorary chairman of Project 714 (now known as National Center for Youth Issues), a chemical prevention/intervention program for schools. He also founded an inner-city ministry called Ark Ministries that reached 600 to 700 young people weekly. He started the Chattanooga Teen Challenge and served as its president for three years. Jimmy served as the Nashville Teen Challenge executive director during its formative years.
In 1983, Jimmy was awarded the “Service to Mankind Award” presented by the Highland Sertoma Club in Hixson, Tennessee. Dr. Lee and his wife Louise have two adult children and two grandchildren.
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