Julie Wilkerson Klose has written a book that tells the story about the founding of Teen Challenge by David Wilkerson, her uncle, and her dad, Don Wilkerson.   As a matter of fact, Teen Challenge will be 60 years old this year. The brothers created Teen Challenge as a rehabilitation and ministry resource. 

Julie KloseJulie says her tag line for Giving Hope an Address is ” An old story for a new generation”.  The book covers the first 10-12 years of the ministry. 

For anyone new to Teen Challenge, Julie shares its original purpose and what they are doing today.  David Wilkerson and his brother started reaching kids in gangs in New York as this was his first burden.  Today, Teen Challenge helps teens and adults with any addition.

Her book shares the Teen Challenge legacy story.  Surprisingly, people who are familiar with Teen Challenge, are not familiar with how and why it was started.  Specifically, Julie wants the new generation to know  the hope from Jesus that they can have to overcome drug addiction.

If you missed our Facebook Live interview in Nashville at CBA Unite, you can watch the replay here.


Giving Hope An Address: The Teen Challenge Legacy Story

Two Brothers, One Calling, and a Lasting Legacy. 

Giving Hope an AddressFor sixty years, the faith–based ministry of Teen Challenge has been bringing hope to those bound by drug and life–controlling addictions. Since the very first Teen Challenge Center opened its doors in Brooklyn, New York the ministry has grown to 1,400 Centers across 122 nations. Through the doors of every Teen Challenge program, there are testimonies of men and women who have walked out cured because of the transforming power of Jesus Christ. The remarkable legacy of Teen Challenge began with the family story of two brothers named David and Don Wilkerson.

Much has been written about Teen Challenge and its success in treating addiction. But there has never been a book that told the unique story of these two ordinary brothers and their relationship to the founding of the Teen Challenge ministry.

This book is a timely reminder of what God continues to do through faith–based rehabilitation programs like Teen Challenge–saving lives from the destruction of drugs. This faith story exemplifies what it means to be a follower of Christ; to love the broken–hearted and share the gospel of Jesus Christ bringing light into the darkness (John 12:46). It reveals how God’s calling on the lives of two brothers leads to many other life–changing stories. People can still win the the spiritual battle against addiction. This story of Teen Challenge and its legacy proves it.

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xJulie Wilkerson Klose

Julie KloseJulie Wilkerson Klose, the daughter of Don Wilkerson and niece of David Wilkerson, grew up in the ministry of Teen Challenge. Julie is an educator and writer. She began her writing career as a regular contributor to a political website.  She focused on cultural issues from a Christian perspective, with a special passion for the pro–life movement. Julie’s articles were published by Charisma News, The Christian Post, Life News as well as many others.

She was a guest on different radio programs, including Canada’s national public radio. Julie currently serves as Board Chair of the Radiance Foundation, a pro–life organization. She lives in Virginia with her husband Dan and their three children: Abigail, Hannah, and Ethan. JulieKlose.com