From age four, Dana has served the Lord. While attending Northwest University she met Randy Rowe. The two married in April 1980 and now have two sons-- Jered and Jeremy. Today, Dana is the Chief Development Officer for Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada.
Dana has dedicated her life to Teen Challenge. Together, Randy and Dana have worked with Teen Challenge since 1979, ministering to adults, teens, and their families. Dana has her BA in Education with a Minor in Psychology, and she is also a certified teacher.
The Lord has gifted Dana with insight, understanding, sensitivity, and compassion for ministering to others. She has a special ability to work with those struggling with the devastation of drugs, alcohol, and abuse. She has often seen the healing power of God in the lives of those who have been victims of abuse. Many hurting people may be afraid to discuss their abuse because of what others may think or believe about them. However, through Jesus, healing power is available.
In 1984, Randy and Dana established the Teen Challenge Christian Academy for teens 12-18 years old in Wyoming. In 1996, they moved to the Bay Area and began leading Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada. They have been expanding that ministry since.
In 1998 the couple founded the Reno Adolescent Boy's Center, followed four years later by the Men's and Women's Center in Eureka, CA and a program in Las Vegas.
Randy and Dana have assisted with the opening of four centers in India. They have also added several centers outside of their region: The Native American Men's Center in Trinidad, CA, the Vallejo Men's Center, and the Manila Philippines Boy's Center. The most recent addition is the Adolescent Girl's Center in the Nevada territory, which is a dream come true.
Today, Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada includes six residential centers, two thrift stores, and several outreaches.