This is a  staff list for Anchor Character Training Center in Fort Dodge, IA

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Anchor Character Training Center.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Anchor Character Training Center, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Anchor Character Training Center, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults. 

 

Please don’t place your loved one in Anchor Character Training Center and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Marvin E. Smith III Director Smith is not a licensed mental health professional in Iowa.  Source: https://eservices.iowa.gov/licensediniowa/index.php?pgname=pubsearch  There is a Marvin E. Smith (no suffix) that has been a licensed educator in Iowa since before 1988.  This may be a different person.  The only licensed Marvin E. Smith is licensed to teach 7th & 8th Grade only and is NOT licensed to teach art, music, PE, Special Education, nor Reading in Iowa.  Source: https://www.iowaonline.state.ia.us/boee/
OTHER OTHER This program is a Roloff Home...It is on a list of affiliated programs that include:


Anchor Academy

Vanduser, MO (formerly in Havre, MT and an unknown location prior to that)

Dennis McElwrath (Superintendent)  --Formerly with confirmedly abusive and now closed Mountain Park Boarding Academy.

Calvary Boy’s Ranch, Boarding Academy, City of Refuge, Baptist Institute & Seminary
Calvary Baptist Church Ministries, PO Box 834, Eufaula, OK 74432
(918)689-9403, (918)689-4789 (Fax)
Pastor, Dr. Jerry McDonald
 
Haven of Hope Girls Academy - Opening Soon!
(Ministry of The Church of the Open Door, Westminster MD - Dr. Norris Belcher, Pastor
550 Baltimore Blvd, Westminster MD 21157
(410) 876-3838

Happiness Hill Home (girls through 19 yrs)
(affiliated with Roloff Ministries, Corpus Christi, TX), Rt. 5 Box 437, Union MS 39365
(601) 656-7714
Director, Dr. Jack High


Heritage Boys Academy
Director, Bro. Buddy Maynard
P.O. Box 10064
Panama City, FL  32404
(850) 913-1844
 

Hephzibah House (girls)
Believers Baptist Church, 508 School St. Winona Lake, IN 46590
(574)269-2376
Pastor, Don Williams, Director, Ron Williams
 
 

Hope Children’s Home (coed) 
(813) 961-1214, (813) 968-7686 (Fax)
11415 Hope International Dr., Tampa FL 33625

 

Hope Children’s Home (young girls)
(Ministry of Tabernacle Baptist Church, McDonaugh, GA)
Directors, Jimmy & Donna Prather
Rt. 1, Box 194, Duck Hill, MS 38925

 Joshua Scott Boarding School (boys)
(Ministry of Bible Baptist Church, Belva WV)
P.O. Box 67, State Rte. 39, Belva WV 26656-0266
 

Jubilee Home For Ladies (18 years old and over; For younger girls see Happiness Hill)
Peoples Baptist Church Ministries, Roloff Ministries
Pastor Charles Crummey
1355 FM 665, Corpus Christi, TX 78415 
 

Lighthouse Children’s Home (girls)
Lighthouse Baptist Church, West MS. Evangelist Larry Neff
PO Box 276, Kosciusko, MS 39090 
 

Pearls of Promise Girls Academy
Ministry of El-Bethel Baptist Church
8485 Highway 431 North
Roanoke, Alabama 36274

 

Reclamation Ranch (boys and girls12-17, young men 18-45)
Dr. Jack Patterson, Founder and Director
Ministry of Gloryland Baptist Church
P.O. Box 150
Empire, AL 35063
 

Shenandoah Boys Ranch
Shenandoah Girls Haven

Shenandoah Baptist Church
(423) 339-0103, (423) 339-0992, (423) 339-0117 (Fax)
Pastor Steve Grubbs
 

Shining Light School for Boys
Ministry of Walter’s Grove Baptist Church
Dr. Jeremy Simpson, Pastor
Bro. Roy Isenhart, Director
2620 Cid Road
Lexington, N.C. 27292
 

Victorious Valley Homes (coed)
Ministry of Victorious Valley Baptist Church
Pastor John McGill, Director
140 Victorious Valley Drive
Sunset, SC 29685
Contact: Jennifer Holobrooks

William Seth Rochester Home for Children
Ministry of Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Pacolet SC - Pastor Bill Pickel
Directors: Jason & Mandy Koepke


Willow Valley Boarding Academy and Camp (boys)
Ken Puckett, Director
P.O. Box 99
Vinton, OH 45686
 

The Ark Youth Shelter (boys)
Ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC
Darrell Finch, Director
9261 Fairforest Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Article: Troubling Legacy: Anchor Character Training Center, a children's center, is unlicensed in Iowa (February 27th, 2009)
Facebook Page: Survivors of Various Independent Fundumental Baptist (IFB) Programs and Organizations (includes Anchor Character Training Center)

 *(Anchor Character Training Center, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)

 Last Updated: March 19th, 2012

Return to www.heal-online.org/childtortureusa.htm#anchor2 or top of page