Eric Tijerina grew up in a loving, Christian home in the small town of Tehachapi, CA. He was very active in sports and had the support of his parents in his life.
Everything changed when he took his first sip of alcohol at the age of 14 before a school dance. This began a devastating 26-year addiction to alcohol and drugs. As many times as he tried to stop, he never could. The grip of addiction was just too tight. He ultimately lost nearly everything he cared for.
He found Teen Challenge at the age of 40, went through the recovery program and graduated in 2015. Feeling like God was calling him into full-time vocational ministry, he enrolled at the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in Los Angeles, CA. While there he was trained and developed as a servant leader.
He graduated from the Ministry Institute in 2016 and has been serving in various capacities within Teen Challenge of Southern California until 2022, when he became the Supervisor of Operations at the new Antelope Valley Teen Challenge Outreach Center. He and his beautiful wife, Tiffany, are also the proud parents of twins.