Dr. George M. Thomas President and Chief Executive Officer
George M. Thomas is President and CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas. George began as a volunteer in New England in 2003 – eventually serving the Connecticut program in administrative, teaching, and counseling capacities for 2 years. During this time, he was licensed as an AG minister and helped birth an inner-city, “Teen Challenge church” near the New Haven campus. In 2006, George became the business administrator for Teen Challenge USA in Springfield, MO. He earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. For his dissertation, George authored the Teen Challenge USA Best Practices Manual. With a passion to reach the 1.5 million drug and alcohol addicts in his home state of Texas, George joined Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas in June 2009. George’s spiritual gifts are teaching and administration and he finds the following traits as essential to working at Teen Challenge: dependence upon God, commitment to students, and ability to operate in a team environment. George earned his bachelor of science, majoring in Biology and Christianity, from Houston Baptist University. In 1999, he earned his Masters in Business Administration at University of Houston, concentrating in accounting and subsequently working as an accountant for various Fortune 500 companies in Houston prior to joining Teen Challenge. He and his wife Dolly, along with three daughters and 1 son, live in San Antonio.
Austin Baughman San Antonio Men’s Director
Austin Baughman is the Director of Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas, San Antonio. As Director, Austin is the senior staff member and operations manager for all activities on the local campus. Austin is credentialed as a minister, has over 12 years’ relevant experience in the mission of ATCOT. He serves as a minister to the students and staff of ATCOT and has extensive knowledge of various treatment programs and believes the only permanent solution to addiction is through a personal relationship with Christ.
Austin has been a part of Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas since 2006. He has traveled to assist in the training of ATC staff in Zambia, Jamaica and most recently Fiji. He has been married for over 10 years to Sarah Baughman, has two daughters (Lucy 6 and Georgia 3) and resides in the San Antonio area. Austin.email@example.com
Chris Buscher East Texas Men’s Director
Pastor Chris Buscher’s life was once consumed by addiction and despair. However, a powerful encounter with Jesus at Teen Challenge in 2007 changed everything. He dedicated his life to serving God and spent nearly a decade as a missionary in countries like Pakistan, Kenya, Brazil, and most of South America. Today, Pastor Chris is an Assembleia de Deus Pastor, missionary, speaker, and published Christian author. He and his wife Jessica and their three children continue to inspire others with his story of redemption and the transformative power of faith.