Mr. Ron Luce | President and Founder of Teen Mania Ministries
In 1986 Ron Luce and his wife Katie started Teen Mania Ministries with a dream to raise up young people who would change the world. The ministry has expanded greatly and has become very influential within today’s Christian youth culture.
Ron received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theology from Oral Roberts University and his master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tulsa, along with an honorary doctorate from Jerry Falwell of Liberty University. He is a sought-after speaker who has traveled to more than 60 countries and has made numerous media appearances, such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio broadcast, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, ABC Nightline, The 700 Club, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the Sean Hannity Show. Ron has also written 35 books for teens, youth pastors, and parents and continues to speak at leaders conferences helping parents and pastors understand the plight of today’s youth and showing them how all of us can be part of the solution.
Ron and Katie currently live in Garden Valley, Texas, with their son Cameron. They have two daughters, Hannah and Charity, who recently graduated from college.
Dan Mcleod | Chief Financial Officer
Dan has worked in Teen Mania’s Finance Department for a more than a year, and prior to that served as the CEO, CFO, and Finance Director for numerous corporations and non-profit entities of various sizes for more than three decades. He is a versatile professional with finance, accounting, management, and administrative expertise in multiple industries and various size corporations. He has also served as a board member and corporate officer for several corporate entities, both for-profit and non-profit.
Along with working in Teen Mania’s Finance Department, Dan has also served as the Men’s Life Coach for the Honor Academy Christian Internship program.
David Neal | Director of Contact Centers and Professional Development
David Neal has spent over 45 years in business learning from the ground up starting with his father’s business in managing work teams at age 12 to working with Fortune 50 companies, organizations and individuals eliminating the walls of hierarchy between management levels, associates departments and operational sites.
For the past 8 years has worked with Teen Mania Ministries, one of the country’s largest youth organizations concentrating on equipping college age youth to change the world of today. Currently is Director of Professional Development and Executive Director of all Contact Centers focusing as an internal coach, and organizational development. David’s passion is to equip the younger generation to more than survive but excel in market place of tomorrow. In addition is President and owner of Neal Leadership Group, specializing in executive coaching and business development. Passionately believing one’s ability to achieve their dreams with balance. Blessed in marriage to his bride of 38 short years, which includes 2 awesome and successful daughters. Felicia resides in Atlanta, Georgia and Davina along with her husband and 2 children living in Corpus Cristi, Texas.
Kemtal Glasgow | Acquire the Fire Executive Director
Kemtal has developed his skills as a business leader working in systems implementation and store operations for one of North America’s leading companies. He combines his call to ministry and passion for people with ability to execute operationally to equip, empower and inspire a generation. He counts it a joy and honor to build the Kingdom of God as he serves at the helm of the operations of Acquire the Fire. He has appeared on God TV, ATF TV, Fox News.com, and is a sought after church, conference and business speaker. Kemtal’s practical, often humorous, and uplifting speaking style captivates audiences whether ministering to teens, leaders or parents. He is committed to reaching generations young and old with the uncompromised Word of God.
Chris Lay | Director of Acquire the Fire Contact Center
Chris came to Teen Mania as an Honor Academy intern in 2003, after going on his first Global Expeditions mission trip in 2001. As an intern in the Honor Academy, Chris served in the Acquire the Fire Contact Center and excelled in this department. He was promoted to staff in 2006, and now serves as the Director of the Acquire the Fire/Battlecry Contact Center. He is devoted to seeing Acquire the Fire reach thousands of teens each year and empower them to a greater passion for and intimacy with the Lord.
Emmie Harper | Director of Global Expeditions
As a young adult, Emmie Harper traveled down to East Texas from Canada and completed both Teen Mania’s Undergraduate and Graduate internship programs. After proving her skill at leading teams she joined Teen Mania’s staff family in 2002 and over the last decade she has steadily been promoted from supervisor to manager, and has now served as the Director for Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions department for 3 years.
During her time on staff with Teen Mania she also graduated from The Fellowship of the Burning Hearts in 2004 and served as a Junior High student pastor at a local church.Emmie is passionate about giving young people a chance to share their faith effectively and loves exposing students to the life-changing realization that they can make a difference in the world!
Melissa King | Director of Global Expeditions Marketing
At the age of 16, Melissa went on her first mission trip with Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions to Venezuela where her heart became consumed with the Great Commission and a passion to see other young people get involved in fulfilling God’s purposes for their life. After graduating from Teen Mania’s Honor Academy, she attended Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received extensive training in God’s Word and its practical implementation in youth culture. In 1994, Melissa joined the staff of Teen Mania Ministries.
Melissa was involved in the local church for over 15 years, as a youth, associate and worship pastor. She also traveled to over 29 different countries sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has served as a full-time overseas missionary. Through these life-changing experiences, she has gained a well-rounded perspective that has provided a confident grasp and understanding of the global need and the impact young people can make on the world. Melissa continued her education and is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, where she received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and minored in Marketing.
Melissa currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions where her passion for youth and the Great Commission are evident.
Jeff Pruett | Director of Honor Academy Internship
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for 26 years. He was mentored by revivalist Leonard Ravenhill and has served in both senior pastor and youth pastor capacities. He served under Keith Green as a staff member in Last Days Ministries, and has always been passionate about preaching the Gospel and reaching the lost for Jesus Christ. He was introduced to Teen Mania Ministries through a friend in the School of Worship, and was brought on staff in December of 2009 to serve as the Director of Acquire the Fire Marketing. Jeff is pursuing a degree in Communications from Regent University and divides his time at Teen Mania between the marketing department and teaching classes for the Honor Academy internship. His passion for Christ is evident and inspires interns to a new level in their walk with the Lord.
Heath Stoner | Director of Honor Academy Operations
After participating in the Honor Academy Internship, Heath went on to graduate from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelors in Communications, then obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty. He is now beginning to pursue a Doctorate and hopes to someday write books on being a godly man, husband, and father. Heath is passionate about the Honor Academy and is particularly excited about the men’s program, known as “Trailer Club” which is the outworking of a men’s discipleship curriculum Heath spent several years developing. He is also an ordained minister and spends time outside the Honor Academy serving as the lead Youth Pastor for Community Christian Fellowship in Garden Valley. He and his wife Alisa have three children and live in Lindale, Texas.
Tonjua Shepherd | Director of Development Operations/Executive Relations
Tonjua graduated from the University of Texas in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Education with a Specialization Endorsement in Gifted and Creative Education. She joined staff at Teen Mania 5 years ago and has operated in a variety of capacities throughout the ministry. She is currently the Director of Development and loves to see growth, creativity, and revelation in the people. Tonjua believes that developing strong relationships is key in growing the Kingdom. Tonjua taught in public school for 13 years, dedicating 2 years of that time period to working with college age young adults. She has served in her church’s youth group, taught high school Bible studies in her home, and lead a number of youth fundraising events.
She is the wife of a wonderful godly man, Dave Shepherd, and the mom to a large family of six; Brittani, Kesli, Jake, Brittany, Beth and Brooke. She enjoys being with family and loved ones, being outdoors, adventure, reading, music, riding horses, missions, the arts, offering hospitality to others and serving people.
President and Founder
Director of Honor Academy Graduate Programs
Executive Director of Acquire the Fire
The staff members who serve at Teen Mania Ministries are chosen for their strong character and leadership. They are individuals who have a passion for teenagers and missions and are committed to investing their lives into moving forward the Great Commission through ministering to this young generation.
When evaluating the effectiveness of a staff member, their spiritual maturity and influence is as important as the quality of their work.
For this reason, there is a process in place that allows for a 360 evaluation to be done on each full time staff member annually. The review process includes collecting broad based feedback from a group of their peers as well as those who serve under their leadership, a self evaluation, and a manager’s evaluation.
Staff members are held accountable to the mission and core values of Teen Mania Ministries and are kept up-to-date on staff policies and procedures designed to increase their effectiveness and ensure a positive experience for those working alongside them.
There is also a grievance procedure in place that allows for strong accountability and a system that initiates executive leadership to take action towards resoving concerns in a timely fashion.