Teen Challenge Central Canada

Regional Support Team

Regional Support Team

Pastor Daniel Emond

Chief Executive Officer

Robby Ahuja

Chief Development Officer


Katie Emond

Chief Operating Officer

Mike Froese

Finance Director

Rev. Terry Thiessen

Ministry Pastor

Lenise Krebs

SURGE Director

Jennifer Ahuja

Curriculum and Staff Training Director

Beverly Ajtay

Administrative Coordinator

Tony Schaefer

Program Analyst

Julie Paulson

Finance Team

Josee Góngora

Finance Team

Oluwatoyin Akinyede

Accounting Analyst

Zach Dixon

Admissions Director

Board of Directors

Herb Buller Board Chair

Herb Buller

Board Chair

Harold Barg Treasurer

Harold Barg


Jonathan Boettcher Secretary

Jonathan Boettcher


Ken Funk Director

Ken Funk


Jake Friesen Director

Jake Friesen


About our Founders

Rev. Steve & Margaret 

Rev. Steven & Margaret Paulson have devoted their lives to providing others the opportunity to change theirs. In 1993, they founded the Central Canada chapter of Adult & Teen Challenge, where they served faithfully for 27 years.

Under Brother Steve’s leadership, Adult & Teen Challenge of Central Canada grew to include numerous inpatient and outpatient programs throughout the region, dedicated to helping put the hope of the gospel within reach of addicts and their families.

Brother Steve is an ordained minister with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, and a member of the executive council for Global Teen Challenge, where he serves as a regional director for Canada/North America. He provides mentorship to programs in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thunder Bay, Denare Beach, Abbotsford, Chilliwack & Kelowna.

Rev. Paulson has served on the board of governors at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) and currently serves on the board of trustees for Adult & Teen Challenge USA and as an advisory board member for Winnipeg’s Lighthouse Mission and Flin Flon’s Freedom Outreach. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal by the former federal justice minister for his work.

Brother Steve has been married to his wife Margaret since 1975. Together they have four children and six grandchildren, and make their home in Manitoba, Canada.