BY REBECCA HOEFFNER, firstname.lastname@example.org
(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Teen Mania, a youth ministry that has been based out of Garden Valley for almost two decades, will be moving its headquarters to Dallas and changing its name to Teen Mania International.
"We are headed to Dallas with our eyes focused on the 1.5 billion teenagers worldwide whose lives and character will be shaped by culture or Christ," said Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania. "Our new home and name reflect a refined ministry strategy to achieve what has always been our mission — to provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ."
According to the written release from the organization, ministry leaders from all over the world have been seeking the organization's help in reaching out to teens that are highly influenced by American culture.
"In Dallas, we are better positioned to leverage technology, transportation, and creative synergy with other ministry and professional partners to achieve our mission," said Luce, who moved Teen Mania Ministries seventeen years ago in the rural East Texas setting of Garden Valley.
The move also comes on the heels of a recent accreditation relationship between Teen Mania's Honor Academy and The King's University, which is based in Southlake.
"The numbers are staggering when you consider how many students and young adults have been impacted by Teen Mania, Acquire the Fire, Global Expeditions, and the Honor Academy since their founding years ago by Ron and Katie Luce," said Dr. Steve Riggle, President of The King's University, in the written release. "The King's University is honored to come alongside Teen Mania and offer those who choose to pursue their education and ministry training through the Honor Academy a fully-accredited degree program with academic excellence."
Moving from the large campus that houses Teen Mania in Garden Valley will also free up resources, Luce said in the release.
"We are grateful beyond words to have made great friends here and seen millions of young lives changed through the ministry that has taken place on and through this property," he said. "But, the reality of land management is no longer practical or germane to the international scope of the organization. These changes poise us to be better financially positioned for strength as we move forward with a global focus."
The organization has released the Garden Valley property to its California mortgage holder for marketing and sale. Officials expect the move to be completed by the end of the year.