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"We're still in operation," Teen Reach ...
"We're still in operation," Teen Reach founder Bobby Torres said during a church service Friday in Scottsdale.
Members of an evangelical Christian group rallied around their pastor Friday as he
accused state officials of "abducting" eight adult church members and depriving them of their religious liberties. Bobby Torres, a former gang member and founder of the Teen Reach program, also said he filed an appeal Friday to keep six drug and alcohol rehab facilities from being shut down. "We're still in operation," Torres said Friday during a service at Teen Reach's church in the Scottsdale Airpark.
"We're still taking children (as patients)."
State officials ordered Teen Reach's
group homes to close after finding a child had been severely bruised in a "supervised spanking."
Teen Reach charges parents as much as $35,000 for six months of drug and alcohol rehabilitation in a faith-based, "cold-turkey" program that many parents regard as a last resort for their troubled teens.
On Friday, Torres
accused state Child Protective Services workers of "abducting" eight adult Bible school students from a house on Thunderbird Road last month during the investigation into the spanking allegation. He
said eight adults, some as young as 18, were confronted by CPS workers during a Bible study at a Teen Reach
house and were forced outside.In the process, he
said, some were verbally and physically abused, and their faith was mocked. Torres
presented affidavits from all eight.
said Friday that Teen Reach
condones supervised spanking as a form of faith-based rehabilitation.
In addition to the group homes, Teen Reach
has 15 other properties around the Valley that house graduates from the program, other ministers and students.
Those operations have not been affected.
More than 50 members of Teen Reach's evangelical community turned out to support Torres
at the group's church at 7645 E. Evans Road in Scottsdale.
Parents, too, voiced their support.
Paul Rastello of Phoenix said his 12-year-old son was "transformed" after praying with Torres
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I am eternally grateful to Bobby Torres and all the staff members at Teen Reach that have laid down their lives to minister to the youth of America and my son.
But it was something in the message of the hard truth that Bobby Torres
brought forth that captured me attention.
Upon my release, I knew I needed discipleship in order to maintain a strong walk with the Lost
, a discipleship program that would not" water down" Christianity, but a Christianity as hard-core as my lifestyle was for the world Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call from Bobby Torres
words to me were the answer to my prayers… his
words were a challenge.He
asked me if I was serious about my desire to serve God
and leave my past lifestyle of drug addiction, fornication and gangs behind.I gladly said yes, and with that answer he replied that he would pick me up the next day and take me to Teen Reach for the weekend and show me what serving God was all about.
I am very thankful to the Lord and Bobby
for investing in me and my family.
provided me with a spiritual father, Bobby Torres
the founder and President of Teen Reach.Pastor Bobby never gave up on me, he saw past what I was to what I could be - my potential and destiny in God.
I will always be grateful for the time, energy, prayer and mentoring that God
provided through Bobby
After our conversation with Bobby Torres
, it was apparent that Jordan needed to be at Teen Reach
seemed to know exactly what was going on in our home.He
understood teenagers, and his
ministry created an environment where these teens could receive healing and deliverance.
We chose Teen Reach
first and foremost because they believed that my son could be delivered from a life of addiction and that he
needed a ‘Damascus Road Experience.' We placed our son in the program and within one week Jordan had made a commitment to serve the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.We knew then that what the devil meant for evil, God
meant for good.Not only was our son ‘delivered' from drug addiction and other rebellious acts, but also our family was restored and reconciled.We have our son back.After having completed the program, Jordan served as an intern at Teen Reach Ministry
and has since moved on and is now engaged to be married to a wonderful Christian woman.We have witnessed an incredible anointing of the Lord on Teen Reach
and are grateful for the dedication of Bobby Torres
and the excellent staff of Teen Reach
Biography of Bobby Torres
Having been arrested for attempted murder and grand theft auto, at eighteen years of age, Bobby
was converted to Christ in the San Francisco County Jail.
holds credentials to preach the gospel with the Assemblies of God.
is also ordained as Senior Chaplain with the International Fellowship
of Chaplains which includes certification and training in critical incident, death notification, search and rescue, and post traumatic stress disorder.
was personally invited into the International Coalition of Apostles
led by Dr. Peter Wagner and recognized as an apostle to the youth of this millennium.
is honored to serve as founder and Senior Pastor at Spirit Life Church International
Since its inception in 2004, Bobby
has created a vibrant multi-cultural and family oriented ministry characterized by outstanding praise and worship along with a dynamic teaching, preaching and outreach ministry.
progressive pastorate blends vision, empowerment and relevancy for the purpose of connecting church and community.
Among his many and undisputedly effective for-profit and non-profit corporations, Bobby remains a collaborator and key player serving on the boards of community-based faith organizations, human rights efforts, social reform and religious ministries.
Bobby's business skills and entrepreneurial efforts esteem the core values of "kingdom first" principles while excelling in teamwork, stewardship, accountability and integrity.
visionary leadership, he
has cast a holistic solution for individual, family and community transformation by redefining ministry as "service unto God", thereby creating opportunity for Christian witness and purposeful living in all segments of society.
No longer is ministry ordination limited to the clergy in temple service, but also to the professional, entrepreneur, educator, politician, entertainer, working class and domestic parent.
In spite of all of this, Bobby
's effective time-management, financial stewardship and leadership delegation principles allow him to prioritize and remain devoted as the husband to Ceci Torres and loving father to his
three adult children; Karla, Kristina and Bobby, III.
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"We have seen everything from A to Z," Bobby Torres, 38, TR's co-founder and president, told "Charisma" magazine in the November issue, out now.
..."This is how you fix a community," says Torres, who is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.