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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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