Our Staff

Jim Forakis

Executive Director

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in theology and has pastored two churches before initating Adult & Teen Challenge, Tennessee Valley in the year 2000. Since it’s inception, we continue to be a Christ centered one year residential program for men with life controlling problems.  As director, Jim continues to lead and inspire those to continue the ministry of helping those people that have been devetated by life controlling problems.  Jim has been married to Amy for 31 years and have three sons.

Amy Forakis

Office Manager

Since her marriage to Jim 31 years ago, Amy has always been in some type of ministry. In 2003, she came on as part time staff. As the need and the resonsibilites grew, she then became full time. She has been the backbone for the ministry, mostly behind the scenes. She and Jim have three wonderful sons, Joshua, 28, Demetrius, 26, and Joseph, 21.

Dennis Berry


Dennis has been with Adult & Teen Challenge, Tennessee Valley since the very beginnings. it’s hard to say when he really did start. Dennis has always had a servant’s heart and helps in all aspects of ministry.

Gary Wynes

Dean of Men

Gary is also a graduate of our Men of excelence program. Gary’s life was changed through this ministry, and now he helps others to do the same. Gary comes to us very skilled and highly qualified. As we like to say, If you can think it, Gary can help make it.