Big Oak Ranch is a Christian home for children needing a chance. Because that’s what we offer – a chance. To find a normal life. To find God’s love. To find that we are all more than our circumstances–we are what we have the strength to become.
The ministry of Big Oak Ranch grew from a simple desire to give children who’ve been abused, neglected or abandoned a chance for a normal, happy life. Since 1974, we have been called to meet the needs of nearly 2,000 children by giving them a solid, Christian home and a chance to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.
“And they shall be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified.” — Isaiah 61:3
Our children are not bad kids. They come from bad circumstances. The commitment we make to the children placed in our care is love. We promise to take care of them. To feed, clothe and shelter them. But more importantly, we give them a chance at a new way of life, a life that is different from the cycle of pain they have known. We make a promise to every child that comes to the Ranch. I love you. I’ll never lie to you. I’ll stick with you until you’re grown. There are boundaries, don’t cross them. From that foundation, we raise every child to know God’s love.
Today, there are three parts of Big Oak Ranch. The Boys’ Ranch, located in Gadsden, Alabama, includes nine residential homes and a transition home for children moving on after high school. The Girls’ Ranch in Springville has nine homes and a transition home as well. We have gyms, lakes, horses and livestock. We offer our children the chance to discover themselves in family, work, discipline and a loving Christian environment. The third part is Westbrook Christian School. WCS was acquired in 1990, and exists to provide a quality education in a Christian environment for the children of Big Oak Ranch, as well as children from the community. Westbrook Christian is a privately funded 501(c)(3) educational institution depending solely on tuition, fundraising events, and the generosity of concerned individuals and groups for support.
More than 100 children live on the two Ranches. Since 1974, we’ve seen more than 2,000 children come through. We’ve had many successes, stories so compelling that no one who hears them remains unchanged. We’ve had our failures too. Heartbreaking stories that teach us again and again that we can’t solve every problem or repair every
But we keep trying. Because these children deserve to know they are loved. They deserve the chance to understand the meaning of family. They deserve the chance to
Yet the “cornerstone,” and even the name of Big Oak Ranch, has remained fundamentally rooted in Isaiah 61:3, “And they shall be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified.”