Circle of Hope Girls Ranch and Boarding Schools

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Anyone know their affiliation? We’re they backed by IFBs like Hephzibah House!
 

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This article about Circle of Hope states that "The facility has close ties to the independent fundamental Baptist church, which teach followers to separate themselves from worldly influence. Such churches refuse to join any affiliated Baptist denomination." The article did not give the names of any specific supporting IFB churches.

Missouri Christian boarding school probed over abuse claims (kmbc.com)

The Kansas City Star article about Circle of Hope stated that "Now, emboldened by recent events and the involvement of local and state officials, more former residents are coming forward to share similar horror stories they say have played out at the school that has close ties to the independent fundamental Baptist church. . . . Circle of Hope has a strong connection to independent fundamental Baptist churches, which teach followers to separate themselves from worldly influence. Some of the former residents said their parents attended IFB churches and their pastors recommended that they send them to the Missouri school. . . . On Sundays and Wednesday nights, she said, everyone was required to attend Berean Baptist Church in Springfield, an independent fundamental Baptist church about an hour’s drive from the school. The church’s pastor, Jeff Ables, sits on the Circle of Hope board of directors, according to its most recent tax form." The original Kansas City Star article is behind a paywall, but this site has part of that article:

Girls Tell of Terror and Abuse at Missouri Christian Boarding School Under Investigation | BCNN1 - Black Christian News Network

According to this article, the Circle of Hope administration stated in their promotional literature that inmates were required to attend Berean Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, "every time the doors are open:"

The Circle of Hope Ranch: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Berean Baptist Church is IFB - they were affiliated with the Baptist Bible Fellowship but are no longer listed in the BBF directory. Berean is now affiliated with the Global Independent Baptist Fellowship movement (IFB), and the church is listed in the "Church Listings" section of the March-April 2021 issue of the "Global Baptist Times."

Circle of Hope director Boyd Householder has now been charged with various counts of rape, sodomy and abuse. Here is the latest news on Circle of Hope:

Circle of Hope: Boarding school couple charged after TikTok abuse allegations (yahoo.com)
Couple who owned Missouri boarding school charged with more than 100 counts of abuse - CBS News
 
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