What We Do

Sunnybrae

Our men’s residential centre, Sunnybrae, is located in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Set away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities, the centre offers a peaceful, rural retreat, where people suffering from substance misuse can escape to and rebuild their lives.

The centre has a rich history of helping men with life-controlling addictions. Before becoming part of Teen Challenge, the facility was called Sunnybrae Christian Centre, where people battling alcoholism could overcome their problems.

In 1988, a young man called Gordon Cruden entered the centre looking for help to be set free from his addiction to alcohol. After successfully completing the programme, Gordon went on to become ordained as a Pastor – a role that saw him lead Churches across Scotland.

On returning to the North East of Scotland to pastor a local church in 2000, Gordon was deeply saddened by the many tragic stories he would hear of families being torn apart by drugs, which were ravaging the community.

Compelled to provide badly needed help and support to those whose lives had been destroyed by drugs, Gordon – along with Ben Ritchie from the Solid Rock Café – began looking for opportunities to open a local residential centre.

Then, in 2003, funds were raised to purchase Sunnybrae and the property opened as a Teen Challenge centre, providing a beacon of light and hope for those overcome by the darkness of drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Since then, many people have come through the doors of Sunnybrae to have their lives completely transformed, with, for example, 63% of those who participated in the programme in 2011 continuing to live drug-free.

The centre offers an exceptional haven for men looking for help with life-controlling problems, with its team of devoted staff and volunteers compassionately caring for all residents, as they prepare the students for new, fresh lives.

Gordon Cruden

Where from? Fraserburgh

Job title? Area Manager, Teen Challenge North East Scotland

Most enjoyable part of your job? Offering freedom

Favourite scripture? I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians. 2:20.

Favourite book/author? Anything by John Grisham

Describe yourself in three words? Family, motorbike and sun

Who dead or alive would you most like to meet? Barnabas

Where in the world would you most like to visit? I would like to have a cup of coffee in every square of every capital city in the world.

Kenny Ross

Where from? Fraserburgh

Job title? In-house book-keeper

Most enjoyable part of your job? Balancing the books at the financial year end!

Favourite scripture? And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28

Favourite book/author? The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun

Describe yourself in three words? Down the line

Who alive today would you most like to meet? Pele

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Patagonia, Argentina

Martin Duthie

Where from? Langbank, Renfrewshire

Job title? Support Worker/Administrator

Most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing others succeed

Favourite scripture? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Favourite book/author? Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

Describe yourself in three words? Dad, husband and son

Where in the world would you most like to visit? New York City

What are your hopes for the future? To see my daughter Shannon succeed

How do you like to relax? Walk my dogs and play golf

Jim Connon

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Where from? Fraserburgh

Job title? Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing people change

Favourite scripture? But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

Favourite song? You Are My Strength (Hillsong Live)

Describe yourself in three words? Thankful, teachable, willing

Who would you most like to meet? Sir Alex Ferguson

Where in the world would you most like to visit? World Cup finals

What are your hopes for the future? To always be open to things and continue living the life I have today

Paul Beaton

MeWhere from? Fraserburgh

Job title? Support Worker/PR Co-ordinator

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing guys find freedom

Favourite scripture? The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me. Hebrews 13:6

Favourite films? Rocky 4, In the Name of the Father

Describe yourself in three words? Passionate sunset-chaser

Where in the world would you most like to visit? New York City (again)

Adrian Davies

Where from? Wrexham, North Wales

Job Title? Senior Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing a man’s life move from addiction and desperation to total transformation

Favourite Scripture? I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians. 2:20

Favourite book? The Nation’s Favourite Poems

Favourite films? The Great Escape / Mission Impossible 4 / Tin Tin

Describe yourself in three words? Determined, caring, passionate

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Tour New Zealand in a VW camper van

What are your hope for the future? To continue to learn (and live in) God’s unforced rhythms of grace

Finlay Moffat

Where from? Glasgow

Job title? Support Worker

Most enjoyable part of your job? Mixing with the residents

Favourite film? One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Describe yourself in three words? Humorous, optimistic, saved

Where in the world would you most like to visit? India

What are your hopes for the future? That’s in the Lord’s hands