Uncle Bill and Aunt Phyllis Wiley
Uncle Bill rappelling from the Glory Barn
Arden & Norma Carlson

Ranch History

In November of 1972, Bill and Phyllis Wiley signed a purchase agreement for what would become Faith Ranch.

 

Phyllis is originally from Jewett, and the Wileys felt the Lord leading them to start an additional ministry. They had begun Marmon Valley Farm in Zanesfield, Ohio, just eight years earlier and stepped out in faith to begin a second ministry.

 

When Bill and Phyllis signed the purchase agreement, they had only $200 in the bank. They believed that God had asked them to purchase this land and use it as a Christian camp and retreat center.

 

Summer camp began in 1973/1974 and Deb Langell arrived as the Resident Director in 1976. She remained in that position until 1980 when Ken and Dee Heil arrived and Ken filled that position.

 

Uncle Bill, as many know him, moved to Faith Ranch as resident director in 1984 when he turned over the reins at Marmon Valley Farm to his children, Matt and Jane.

 

Over the years, the ministry grew and in addition to summer camps, the Ranch was able to offer guest groups, pastors, and families a place for retreat.

 

In 2002, the mortgage was paid in full and a copy was burned at the annual Ride-a-thon fundraiser!

 

2012 brought the 40th Anniversary of Faith Ranch's beginnings! We celebrated with a 'birthday bash' on November 24th and shared many great memories from Faith Ranch history. God has been good and continues to bless the ministry that He started in Bill and Phyllis' hearts so many years ago.

Contact

P.O. Box 355
Jewett, Ohio 43986
740-946-2255
reservations@faithranch.org

Vision

Faith Ranch is a Christian ministry sharing the love of Jesus in a ranch setting.


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