About me

I'm just a believer that is recovering from my experience at Teen Mania's Honor Academy and I would like to share my journey of healing with you.

True Stories

A compilation of all the true stories submitted by former Honor Academy interns.

Recovery Resources

A list of helpful books and websites for your healing journey.


A summary of abuses committed by senior Teen Mania leadership.

What Mental Health Professionals Are Saying

Internationally Recognized Cult Experts Doug and Wendy Duncan weigh in on the Teen Mania controversy.

Is Teen Mania a Cult?

Why this controversial description fits Teen Mania.

How Teen Mania Has Responded

Read a synopsis of all my interaction with Teen Mania leadership documenting the multiple lies they've told and two fake "investigations." (Photo Courtesy of Bloomberg)

December 21, 2015

Teen Mania is Officially Dead

It was only a matter of time and that time has finally come. Besieged by at least three different lawsuits, an arrest warrant in Colorado and hundreds of refund requests after cancelling Acquire the Fire Events, Teen Mania can no longer operate. These are the results of Ron Luce's absolutely epic financial mismanagement. From the World article,

In a statement posted on Acquire the Fire’s website, Luce said the organization will file bankruptcy to liquidate remaining ministry assets “in an attempt to satisfy vendors.” Luce told Christianity Today he’s doing everything he can to “make it right with youth groups and churches.” 

Calvin Edwards, founder of an Atlanta-based consulting firm that has evaluated hundreds of nonprofits—including Teen Mania—in more than 50 countries, told me most people should not expect to receive anything. 

“Obligations to creditors (accounts payable, debt, LOC, etc.) and to donors (funds given but not spent as designated) both create liability and risk, but there is virtually nothing a disgruntled party can do,” Edwards told me via email. “Once the assets are gone, there is no recourse.” 

Edwards’ company led a comprehensive audit of Teen Mania in 2011 and made 32 recommendations, but “it was met with strong opposition from Ron Luce, who sought to maintain the status quo.” 

“[There is] really no excuse for the mess,” Edwards said.

Unsurprisingly,  it appears that Ron is already planning his next venture and has filed paperwork for the name "Generation Next." In a couple of years he will probably be back on the scene raising money to support his lavish lifestyle while pretending the money is used on missions. Hopefully, this time people will be less likely to fall for his charisma and more likely to research the man who headed the fifth most insolvent charity in America.

July 16, 2014

Teen Mania is Dead

Teen Mania International announced today that they are cancelling this years internship program - giving prospective interns and their families only a few weeks notice to make other plans (and likely keeping their money). The program will supposedly be reinstated in 2015....if Teen Mania even makes it that far.

Years of declining attendance numbers in every program, years of reckless spending, the foreclosure, substantiated allegations of abuse, changing the entire internship model and then outright canceling it in a matter of weeks - these are the death knells for Teen Mania's empire.

With no intern labor force to call youth pastors and teenagers, Teen Mania is now looking for promoters to fill their events in exchange for a percentage of the revenue. If you can't keep an organization afloat when the majority of your labor force is PAYING YOU...well, do I really have to spell that out?

Goodbye, Teen Mania. You are now on life support. You can keep gasping for breath but its only a matter of time before the plug is pulled and you are gone forever.

June 10, 2014

Ron Luce Changes Story About Teen Mania's Missed Mortgage Payment

May 30, 2014

Teen Mania International Info

There is a new website that compiles some of the most relevant information about Teen Mania International. It gives an overview of the media's coverage and might be a bit more accessible for people just wanting an overview. Visit www.teenmaniainternational.com for details.

May 29, 2014

Teen Mania Raises Prices Over 50% After Indicating That They Wouldn't

Dear Incoming Class of August 2014 Interns,

You were probably told that when you arrived at Teen Mania in only two months, your total yearly cost would be $8,400 and that would include you living in a furnished dorm and eating all your meals in the cafeteria. And just two weeks ago, Ron Luce himself announced that would not raise the cost for interns.

But things have changed.

Starting today, the new price is $12,800 (52% price increase).

That does not include food.

And you must furnish your own apartment. (Except for bed, dining table/chairs and kitchen appliances.)

(And it only covers 9 months, not 1 year.)

You need pots and pans to make your own food? Gotta buy 'em.

Want a couch to sit on? Better go to Goodwill!

Because none of that is included.

On the other hand, now you only have to work 10 hours per week and can use the rest of your time to take up to 12 hours of college credit online (tuition not included!)

But hey, at least Teen Mania gave you two whole months to come up with the extra money. After all, most college kids have an extra $6,000 laying around. So, no biggie!

EDIT: Click Here to Read Source Document at HA Website.

World Magazine Follow Up: Teen Mania Turmoil Continues

After Ron Luce accused World Magazine of making false statements in their last article, World Magazine has responded by releasing a scathing report by independent auditors.

Of particular note, in the wake of the original article, Board member and former intern, Nathan Moody, resigned his position.

The auditors report can be found here and is full of sound advice which Ron Luce refused to implement. This caused the resignation of several other board members as well as (presumably) David and Jon Hasz:

Edwards said the Teen Mania board sought to implement the report’s recommendations, but “it was met with strong opposition from Ron Luce, who sought to maintain the status quo.” He confirmed that several board members and at least two key executives subsequently left the organization. 

The memo provides documentation for several facts cited in WORLD’s story (see Nos. 19, 22, and 31). Readers will also find key issues WORLD did not have space to address, including recommendations to review Katie Luce’s compensation—she works in the office one day per week, according to the report, and earns $50,000 annually (No. 9)—and the “appropriateness” of Ron Luce’s travel policy allowing him to take one family member on every trip. “A less generous benefit may be sufficient,” the document reads (No. 10). 

May 28, 2014

Honor Academy Director Plagiarizes Author

In a recent blog post, Honor Academy Director Jeff Pruett purposely plagiarizes CBN's story on author John Hagees crazy blood moon prophecy theory. (And then hints that a nuclear holocaust may happen in the near future.)

I say purposely because he often changes only one word in a sentence like saying that particular events in Israel's history were "epic" instead of "major." This clearly shows that he knew exactly what he was doing. He even changes a specific quote credited to John Hagee to instead say "according to a Christian leader."

Take a look below at his blog post. Everything in bold was plagiarized word for word. Everything in italics was plagiarized but he reworded or used synonyms. 

Is this what the kids at the HONOR academy are learning? This does not seem like a very honorable example to set - especially when these classes are supposedly for college credit. (Not to mention that the content is ridiculous and easily debunked!)

Link to Honor Academy Director Essay
Link to CBN Story that was Plagiarized 

Think of how a star led the wise men to Jesus or how the sun stood still as Joshua led Israel to victory over its enemies.  I wonder…is God is getting ready to speak this way once again?

Acts 2:19-20, which reads, “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

Four Blood Moons are coming…starting tomorrow

There will be a series of blood moons in 2014 and 2015 and I believe these will have enormous significance for Israel and the Church. These “Blood Moons” will act as a sort of celestial indicator…to God’s dealings with men…a sign.

A single blood moon happens fairly regularly; four appearing so closely together is exceptionally uncommon. There have only been a series of blood moons a handful of times over the past 500 years.  Let’s examine exactly what a blood moon is and what is the Biblical significance?

A blood moon is when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon.

The sun is shining through the atmosphere of the Earth and casts up on the moon a red shadow. And so the moon appears to be red. North America will be able to see a blood moon when it takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through the Earth’s shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset.

Such moons appear several times in Scripture.

In the book of Joel, God says there will be “wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire…the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

In Acts, the Apostle Peter repeats that verse from Joel. And the book of Revelation says that during the Great Tribulation, “the moon will become like blood.”

On April 15 the first of the four Blood moons happens during Passover. Then again on October 8, the blood moon will occur during the Feast of Tabernacles. Another blood moon will occur during Passover on April 4, 2015. The last Blood Moon will happen on September 28, 2015, which is Feast of the Tabernacles…a total of four blood moons, all appearing on Jewish feast days.

We must remember, the sun, moon, stars and the Earth are all controlled sovereignly by almighty God…not man. He and He alone chooses the path the heavenly bodies take, directing them according to His will. God has chosen to make these signs in the heavens occur during Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.

What are the Historic implications?

In the past, during the rare appearance of four blood moons on these feast days has coincided with epic events for nation of Israel.

In 1492, Spain expelled the Jews. Columbus also discovered America, which became a safe haven for the Jewish people. According to a Christian leader, “In each of these blood moons, you have something that begins in tragedy and ends in triumph.”

For instance, in 1948, Israel was REBORN as a nation. After approximately 2,000 years, God supernaturally brought them from 66 nations and a nation was born in a day,” This was on the heels of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Tragedy to Triumph.

In 1967, Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem.

For the first time in 2,000 years, the city of Jerusalem and the State of Israel were united as one once again.

Today Israel faces the ongoing terror of nuclear threat from her enemies throughout the world. The blood moons of 2014 and 2015 are poised to appear In the shadow of Iran’s work upon a nuclear weapons, while both Egypt and Syria, are in total chaos.

The real possibility that Israel chooses a military means to secure safety for it’s self would undoubtedly begin a chain of events that would change the course of world history.  In light of this the time is now for the Christians of America to strengthen their stand and rise up and support Israel. We cannot remain silent and expect to receive God’s approval.

Psalms 122:6 says, “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.”

I’m not saying that The Blood Moons indicate that a nuclear holocaust is imminent or certain. But I am saying we must know the signs of the times. The Lord Jesus Himself spoke of “the signs of the times.” Certain telltale signs correspond to a crisis-filled close of this age — called in the Bible “the time of the end.” The question is do we understand the nature of these crucial signs? And what are we doing in light of them?

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