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Mission Statement

New Challenge Ministries helps many families in the South Bay and surrounding areas . New Challenge Ministries' mission, focuses on helping people in need regardless of their religion, color or ethnicity. More than anything we are a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that’s about offering healing, hope and future for many families. Most importantly we focus on helping children in need in the South Bay area.

New Challenge Ministries Fresh Rescue Food Bank needs your help financially or voluntary as we help others please contact us for further information. Thank you.


John Ross Hernandez is the President and Senior Pastor of New Challenge Ministries.

In 1979, John came to Southern California from the Flathead Indian Reservation located in Western Montana. John is proud to share that he is almost 3/4 Native American. John graduated from Los Angeles Teen Challenge program in 1979 and went back to work at Los Angeles Teen Challenge Program from 1980 to 1981. John, along with the founder of New Challenge Ministries, Rev. Mark Flick, and with the help of John Snider, began New Challenge Ministries in 1981.

In 1990 Mark left Southern California and New Challenge Ministries and John became the President and Senior Pastor.

Through John's life experience, it has given him a unique opportunity to relate to the students. FAQ's:

  • Do you have to be a Christian to enter the program? No
  • Do we take someone on medication? This varies with the type of medication, but we will review your medication needs prior to entering the program.
  • Does the program have a monthly charge? Please contact us as this varies from year to year.
  • Are you able to work while going through the one year program? No, as we have seen over the years that a person needs a solid foundation. We do, however, offer a program if you have recentlycompleted another program, that gives the individual an opportunity to work. Please discuss during the interview prior to entering the program.

New Challenge Ministries is a residential Christian Discipleship Program working with up to seven men at a time for up to one year and are 18 years or older. New Challenge Ministries is designed to be a program individualized to a person's needs while living in a structured environment. You are not a "number" at New Challenge, but a person that doesn't have to fit a mold, but rather a program that will work with the individual and family to offer the best road to a strong foundation. New Challenge Ministries is very active in serving our local community in a variety of ways.

Fresh Rescue Food Bank: New Challenge Ministriesruns a Food Bank for those individuals or families in need. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This service is available to anyone and is not based upon religious affiliation. This is a program to serve the community and those in need. Food offered varies from day-to-day, but usually includes milk, eggs, cheese, bread, vegetables, fruits, and/or juices.


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