Chestnut Mountain Ranch is a Christ-centered home and school. We reach the hearts of young men and restore broken families through a structured, loving community.
Our vision is to restore hope to children and families.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Steve Finn, founder and executive director of the Ranch, recently spoke to his sister, Jan, about the COVID-19 crisis and how it has impacted The Ranch. The thrift store and quick lube had been closed, giving has decreased and finances are tight. The annual Don Nehlen Golf Classic was canceled, and the Night at The Ranch dinner is being moved to the fall. Jan is an artist who owns her own studio in Matthews, Virginia.
Jan had an idea. She offered to use her talents in painting wildlife to create a limited number of prints for sale to benefit The Ranch.
My grandfather died in 2009 and my dog who I loved died in 2012. I thought God was against me and I was angry. I used to argue with my mom day and night. I didn’t have any respect for anyone and had a temper when things didn’t go my way. I had a chip on my shoulder; it was me against the world. Coming to the Ranch, I noticed the staff respected me even when I didn’t respect them.
When I first arrived at the Ranch I had a quick temper. School life was not average. My parents were addicts, and they didn’t give a crap what I did. I realized over time that I needed Christ to help me. It was Christ and the Ranch staff that helped me.
The past was hard and rough. My family was not in a good state of mind, so I had to start listening…I was helped by doing one on one conversations and working through it.
When I first came to the Ranch, I was very disrespectful to my parents. My family was not willing to work with each other. I was not willing to change until I started to talk about it. The Ranch staff would take a walk with me or go fishing and talk.
I was a train wreck when I first arrived at the Ranch. I was always in “shut down mode” when I did not get my way. I was very manipulative to others. My family wasn’t much of a family at the time of me arriving at the Ranch. I decided to change by not blaming others and looking at myself.
By Steve Finn, Executive Director, Chestnut Mountain Ranch
Seed to Vision is a must-read for anyone with a God-sized idea who is unsure what to do next. Peppered with personal stories, former metro-Atlanta police officer turned boys' home and school founder Steve Finn shares the eight key tools God used to turn his seed of an idea into a vision and ultimately a reality--and how you can use them too. Be inspired to see that with God nothing is impossible--the idea He gave you can become reality.