502.561.2131 PO Box 14192 Louisville, KY 40214


Priscilla's Place

Women's Program, Louisville, KY


Priscilla's Place Staff

Photo of Julie Duvall, CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge KY

Julie Duvall, CEO of Adult & Teen Challenge KY

Julie has been serving with Adult & Teen Challenge of Kentucky since starting as a residential staff member in 2003. In 2011, Julie was appointed by the Board of Directors as the CEO for Adult & Teen Challenge of Kentucky, overseeing both Priscilla’s Place and Chad’s Hope. Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Bible College and is completing her Master of Divinity Degree at Global University. Julie is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and is dedicated to bringing the message of hope to men and women trapped in addiction.



Lori Strause, ATC-KY Director of Operations

Lori comes from the shores of Lake Erie in Northern Ohio. She has taught adult and children’s Sunday school and was a youth group advisor for over 7 years. She felt the call to ministry while living in Ohio then followed God’s leading when He directed her and her husband to Kentucky. The ministry of Adult & Teen Challenge has always had a special place in her heart and she is very thankful and amazed at how God has directed her to serve in this great ministry of putting lives and families back together. She is a Licensed Minister with the Assembly of God Fellowship. She served on the Priscilla’s Place Advisory Council for 5 years before joining the full-time staff. She loves watching the hand of God work in the ladies here at Priscilla’s Place. Lori served as Executive Director of Priscilla’s Place for 5 years before becoming ATC-KY Director of Operations.



Gwen Smith, Priscilla's Place Executive Director

Gwen has served as a Youth and Young Adult Pastor for 11 years at Good Shepherd Worship Center and is an ordained minister with Church Growth International. Gwen attended Bible College with a focus on ministry and leadership. She has over 18 years of leadership experience, team management, developing leaders and community outreach from her previous positions as a Store Manager, District Manager and Director. She is passionate about Jesus and her family! A wife of 28 years, mother of 3 and “Nanny” to 3 amazing grandchildren. She has always wanted to serve full time in ministry! Being part of what God is building and doing in Priscilla’s Place has answered the desires of her heart. To serve Christ in loving others, discipling others and leading others to Him! Her desire is to see all who come to Priscilla’s Place know that they have been rescued, they are loved and that they can live free in Christ!



Brooke Rice, Residential Staff

Brooke Rice is from Norwalk Ohio. Brooke is a graduated from Priscilla’s Place and has done an internship before coming on as staff. Because Brooke has witnessed what this program has done for her, she is passionate to help others find that as well. She knows that freedom from addiction comes through Christ Jesus and wants others to find freedom. Brooke is a mother of 2, loves animals and plants.



Courtney Duerksen, Direct Care

Courtney is from Mishawaka, Indiana. She is 25 years old and graduated the program in March of 2022. She is currently interning as a way to pour the love she’s been given from Priscilla’s Place back into our students. She’s passionate about music and plays the guitar in her free time. Courtney is grateful to God for saving her life and bringing her to Kentucky. She is excited to see what the Lord has in store for her!