Our Story
Our Story

Teen Challenge QLD is committed to ‘restoring hope and rebuilding lives’ of people overcoming life-controlling addictions. 


The Governing Board, Executive Director Joanne Hobbs, staff and volunteers of TCQ are passionate about restoring the whole person: physically, emotionally, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. 


TCQ is part of a global organisation that was founded on the streets of New York in 1958, by Pastor David Wilkerson. There are now over 1400 Teen Challenge organisations positioned around the globe. 

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Charles & Rita Ringma circa  1970's

The journey for Teen Challenge Queensland began 50 years ago in the early seventies when a group of visionary men and women saw a need and decided to meet it. Charles Ringma ran the Good News Centre on Manhattan Walk opposite the South Brisbane Railway Station and it was during this time that Charles, along with Ian Thompson and Rob Adsett, and a group of woman saw the desperate need of lonely people who lived on the South Bank of the Brisbane River. 


Brisbane, like many other cities in the seventies, saw a significant rise in the number of young people abusing drugs and alcohol and falling into dangerous activities. This rise was, in particular, an increasingly tragic epidemic among young men.

Through an opportune meeting with Don Wilkerson, the brother of David Wilkerson, Charles heard of the successful program that Teen Challenge was running in the USA and thus began a chain of events that led to Charles travelling to America to learn all he could about the TC program, eventually bringing it back to Australia.

Teen Challenge has successfully run residential rehabilitation programs in Queensland since 1971 for young men. However, there was an increasing need to provide the same level of care for young women, and in November 2011 TCQ was privileged to open the doors of our New Life Women’s Centre.

Charles & Rita Ringma

The very existence of Teen Challenge QLD is focused on ‘Restoring Hope and Rebuilding Lives’. This is not just the core of what we do, but who we are. Our passion and commitment to see men and women set free from the destructive lifestyle of addiction, is unwavering.


Our recovery program focuses on individual needs. We understand that addiction is only a symptom of underlying issues, so we are invested in the recovery of the men and women in our care, by helping them to unpack those issues to live a full and purposeful life.  

Many of the young people that come through our doors are so broken that it is only God who can reach into their heart to bring healing and provide hope.


Joanne Hobbs

Executive Director