About Us
Adult & Teen Challenge Ohio

Adult & Teen Challenge Columbus, then known as Teen Challenge for Girls, first opened its doors in 1970. Originally located on E. 12th street, it relocated in the fall of 1996 to the present location on Innis Rd. Adult & Teen Challenge is a non-profit organization designed to assist women in the areas of life-controlling issues such as alcohol and drug addiction.


Our vision is to help people with life-dependency problems such as drug and alcohol addiction. They can find the hope and freedom to be able to live the life they were created to live through the power of Jesus Christ.


Our mission is to provide hope, and a learning environment where our students can begin to apply biblical principles in their daily lives, their families, their community, and their jobs.

Linda Hercenberg – Executive Director

Thirty-Five years ago Linda Hercenberg began as a volunteer at Adult & Teen Challenge faithfully serving in various roles as needed and recently as the administrative assistant to the previous director.

​In 2006 Linda accepted the position of Executive Director of Adult & Teen Challenge Columbus. Then in 2018 she became Chief Executive officer.

As Executive Director, Linda’s goals are to expand the center and raise community awareness for Adult & Teen Challenge by becoming more active in outreach to area churches, community centers, and other faith-based ministries.

Making a Difference

Phil Hercenberg- Assistant Director

Phillip was previously involved as a volunteer fundraiser for Adult & Teen Challenge. Working together, Phil and Linda have raised several thousand dollars worth of supplies from local merchants.


Phil and Linda have been married for over 40 years. They have 5 children and 16 grandchildren. The Hercenbergs have been lifetime members of Evangel Temple, under senior pastor, Eugene Speich.