A life of crime and drugs left Herlindo Salinas homeless and hopeless. With nothing more than a dirty syringe folded up in a blood-stained bandana, his life was devastated by heroin addiction. After continual prison sentences and a long trail of destruction, little hope remained that he would ever change, but his praying mother never gave up, asking God and believing that one day her son would be transformed by God’s mighty power.
Those many prayers and God’s perfect timing led Herlindo to the discipleship ministry of Teen Challenge in 1990, where he discovered God’s love and the power to change his life.
Herlindo successfully completed and graduated from the Teen Challenge residential program and feeling the call to continue to minister as a Teen Challenge staff member, went on to attend and graduate from the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in 1993. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as a staff member at the San Diego Teen Challenge facility, where he continues to serve today.
In 2007, Herlindo was selected to be the Director of San Diego County Teen Challenge. In this position, he has continued to be used by God to touch many lives and faithfully lead San Diego County Teen Challenge forward.
Among many different ministry accomplishments in more than 20 years of service, Herlindo is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has served not just in Teen Challenge, but also in his local church as a Bible teacher. He and his beautiful wife, Joyce, reside in San Diego and are the proud parents of four adult children and six grandchildren.
San Diego Teen Challenge reaches out into the surrounding communities with drug education and prevention, food distributions, clubs and a learning center for children, juvenile hall and jail ministry, crisis counseling, evangelism, and more.