The vision for Broken Arrow Youth Ranch was given to a gracious couple, Rick and Corinne Aupperle in the '90's. The two, along with their one year old daughter, Coralee, moved to Wood Mountain in the spring of 1985. They moved from Saskatoon where Rick had been working as a pastor. Through God’s grace they were able to start a church. Over the next 21 years, the Aupperle family enjoyed watching the LORD grow His church. During this time in Wood Mountain the LORD planted a seed in Rick and Corinne's hearts regarding a ministry to youth. The Lord continued to deepen that desire to minister to families and youth in need. As a result, In the spring of 1997, Rick and his friend, Wes Bloom, traveled to Oklahoma to visit an organization called “Cookson Hills Christian Ministries” who have been successfully ministering to youth since 1957. They were welcomed with open arms by Lawrence and Ellen Hallum as well as Johnny and Karen Clarke. As Rick and Wes sat and listened to their vision for reaching youth it soon became clear that their philosophy of ministry would be what we would seek to develop up here in Canada. In that same year a group of Christian individuals were contacted and asked if they would consider becoming “ministry directors” for an organization entitled “Christ the Solid Rock Ministries.”
Our purpose at Broken Arrow Youth Ranch is to provide children with a safe, loving home, while parents seek out the help and recovery they need - allowing the whole family to heal and grow. Broken Arrow Youth Ranch is a family of believers, partnering with God and others, to bring about the transformation of future generations, one life at a time.
We serve parents overwhelmed with personal issues such as addictions, abuse, family illness, and unhealthy relationships, who are finding it extremely difficult to properly care for their children. This is where the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch can help. When serious addictions and major dysfunction is happening in the home, the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch is a place where children can be cared for while their parents or care givers are receiving counseling and rehabilitation. We serve families in need of help, whom without it, are putting their children at risk of being lost.
Broken Arrow Youth Ranch is a ministry helping families heal and grow. Through a private cooperative agreement we receive children under the age of 18 years, for a minimum of ONE year. Family reunification is our desire. However, should longer care be required, we will continue to maintain the cooperative agreement of care for as long as needed. We work collectively alongside existing programs and organizations, to help facilitate healing and growth in families. Youth experience life on a fully functioning and working ranch. They are nurtured in a positive family atmosphere using faith-based values. Youth are given the opportunity to be introduced and experience a relationship with the Lord, as they learn to love God, love others and love themselves.