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
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.