By: Reverend Dave Baily Sr. with Leo H. Carney
The story of Ranch Hope began in 1960 when youth pastor Dave Bailey was confronted by a man who questioned him following a speech he gave on juvenile delinquency. “What are you going to do about it?” was the question that burned into his very soul. Four years later, Dave and his wife Eileen answered God’s call upon their lives and opened the doors of Ranch Hope, a residential treatment center for troubled youth, located on a 95-acre ranch in New Jersey.
The early years were filled with challenges as Dave learned much about ministering mercy, discipline, and healing to young people. Over 2000 young people have experienced life at Ranch Hope in five decades of ministry. In Ranch Hope, award winning writer Leo Carney teams up with Dave to tell their story. Revealing not only the problems behind the increased numbers of at-risk youth, Dave and Lee also point to the biblical answers that have worked to transform some of these troubled kids into vibrant youth on fire for God. As Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic basketball team shares, Ranch Hope is the “miracle story of God rebuilding troubled boys and girls.”