Rachel was raised in a Christian home and was led to the Lord by her father at age five. At the age of 20 she became angry at God for not answering a prayer the way she thought He should. She stepped outside the protective circle and was spiraled into a 10 year abyss of darkness and shame. During that time, she met and married a man addicted to drugs and alcohol. She gave her heart back to the Lord and prayed for her husband for 11 years. He accepted the Lord 2 ½ months before he passed away from cirrhosis of the liver.
God healed and restored her, calling her to full time ministry. Part of her restoration was meeting and marrying Garry Wallace in 2003. She joined Garry in pastoring a church in Dallas, Texas. They both felt that God had called them to minister to broken people. Rachel has worked with the Teen Challenge ministry since 2003.
She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. She also has a strong business and management background. She is a speaker for church events and retreats and loves her yellow and chocolate labs Baxter and Buddy.
She is presently the Development Coordinator for the Portland Metro Men's Center and loves watching God transform lives on a daily basis.
It has been a privilege to serve in Teen Challenge. In December of 2005 I received Christ as my Lord and savior in a chapel service at the Spokane Men's Teen Challenge. I graduated the program in 2006 and continued to do an internship. In 2008 I finished the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute and continued to work with Spokane as the Educational Coordinator. In 2010 I started school at Northwest University Salem Campus. During this time, I was the Assistant Manager for the Albany Teen Challenge Thrift Store. I graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Christian Leadership. In the summer of 2014 I began working at the Willamette Valley Men's Teen Challenge as the Outreach Coordinator. June of 2016 I began working at the Portland Men's Adult & Teen Challenge as the Program Coordinator. I absolutely love this ministry. Every man and woman who comes in this program is favored by God.
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I was born in Sacramento, California, but I spent most of my life in Crescent City. Starting at the age of 17 I struggled with an addiction to opiates that led to living a double life for 13 years straight. At 30 years old, I finally hit rock bottom and cried out to God for help, and he answered by calling me to Teen Challenge. I graduated the student program on April 13, 2014 with so many blessings and a life completely restored. I started my internship at the Portland Metro Campus on May 1, 2014, and I look forward to this new journey with God.