Teen Challenge of the Midlands / Sheepgate

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If you're struggling with addiction, anger, depression, or other painful issues, you can find hope and healing at Sheepgate - a successful, faith-based recovery program in the heartland. Our highly structured 12-month residential mentoring and Biblically-based teaching program is designed to give you a framework to rebuild your self-worth and overcome life-controlling issues.

Contact information

Mailing address:
900 N League Rd
Colfax, IA 50054

Website: mysheepgate.org

Phone: 515-674-3713

Email: admissions@mysheepgate.org

Organization details

EIN: 470601957

CEO/President: Rev. Warren Hunsberger

Chairman: Rev. Warren Hunsberger

Board size: 5

Founder: Rev. David Wilkerson

Ruling year: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2016


Sheepgate, a division of Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands, is one of the most successful recovery programs in the world. The biggest difference between us and more traditional recovery programs is our focus on Christ. We whole-heartedly depend on Christ-centered teaching and Biblical principles to be a guiding light that reveals darkness and results in genuine healing from difficult life issues and painful addictions.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating854 of 99961 of 73
Fund acquisition rating911 of 100166 of 73
Resource allocation rating862 of 100160 of 73
Asset utilization rating407 of 99933 of 73

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$156,601$154,176$163,064$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$537,694$355,099$489,047$272,296$236,541
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,603,557$2,788,281$2,896,181$3,666,963$3,413,286
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,603,557$2,788,281$2,896,181$3,666,963$3,413,286
Total assets$3,141,251$3,143,380$3,385,228$3,939,259$3,649,827
Payables and accrued expenses$322,150$358,693$257,771$214,379$208,486
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$322,150$358,693$257,771$214,379$208,486
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,500$2,976$2,882$2,366$1,061
Total long-term liabilities$1,744,066$1,929,300$2,059,040$2,073,111$1,525,782
Total liabilities$2,066,216$2,287,993$2,316,811$2,287,490$1,734,268
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$847,127$765,212$878,579$1,651,769$1,915,559
With donor restrictions$227,908$90,175$189,838$0$0
Net assets$1,075,035$855,387$1,068,417$1,651,769$1,915,559
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,512,740$2,334,204$2,233,577$1,952,590$2,493,922
Program service revenue$274,102$300,742$229,379$291,824$247,767
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($15,555)$2,203$1,178$106,135($18,534)
Other revenue$361,739$310,375$265,050$167,672($12,809)
Total other revenue$620,286$613,320$495,607$565,631$216,424
Total revenue$3,133,026$2,947,524$2,729,184$2,518,221$2,710,346
Program services$2,040,752$2,020,571$1,904,097$1,384,643$1,542,697
Management and general$404,145$394,046$373,934$562,978$553,789
Total expenses$2,913,378$2,861,045$2,726,414$2,573,785$2,765,524
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$219,648$86,479$2,770($55,564)($55,178)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$219,648$86,479$2,770($55,564)($55,178)


Warren HunsbergerRegional Director/President$93,819

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/22/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Our parent company, Adult & Teen Challenge started in Brooklyn, New York in 1958 by Rev. David Wilkerson, a young country preacher from eastern Pennsylvania. One February afternoon, Wilkerson read an article in LIFE magazine about seven teenagers who were on trial for murder.

During a gang fight in Manhattan, these teens beat a young man to death. Troubled by what he read, and sensing God's prompting, Wilkerson made a trip to New York City. Sometime after this, Rev. Wilkerson resigned from his church in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City to work full time with teenage gang members. This new work was eventually called Teen Challenge. Shortly after that, Teen Challenge began offering help to teens addicted to drugs and alcohol.

During these early years, a large home was established in Brooklyn where a 12-month residential discipleship program was formed. Today there are nearly 200 centers across America working under the Adult & Teen Challenge banner and another 1,400 in 129 nations around the world.

The rest of the story of Teen Challenge is told in the best-selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade. This book has sold tens of millions of copies and has been translated into 35 different languages. Another exciting book that is available, Run Baby Run tells of notorious gang member Nicky Cruz who was one of David Wilkerson's s early converts in New York City. Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade and The Cross is Still Mightier than the Switchblade also details the important early history of Teen Challenge.

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