This is a  staff list for Bethel Bible Village Children's Home in Hixson, TN

(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 the Bethel Bible Village Children's Home.  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 Bethel Bible Village Children's Home, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Bethel Bible Village Children's Home, 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 Bethel Bible Village Children's Home and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Myron W. Wilkins Executive Director Wilkins no longer appears to be working at this program.  He is now pastor at a church in Hixson, TN.  Wilkins is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Jackson Wingfield Board of Directors Chairman--Owner of Wingfield Scale.  Wingfield is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Charles (Chuck) Baker Vice Chairman VP of Unum  Baker no longer appears to be working at this program.  HEAL requires Baker's full name (including middle) or license number in order to verify professional licensure.
Eleonore Hipp Williams Secretary CPA--Hazlett, Lewis, & Bieter  Hipp Williams is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Cecil Hammontree Treasurer CPA--Joseph DeCosimo & Co.  Hammontree is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Joyce Bowles Member Bowles is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Gene Boyd Member Owner of Gene Boyd Drafting  Boyd no longer appears to be working at this program.  Boyd is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Terry Broome Member Business Development Manager for Chattanooga Coca Cola.  Broome is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Charles "Pete" Dearing Executive Member Owner of Dearing Packaging  Dearing is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Steven Dobson Executive Member
Attorney, Burnette Dobson & Pinchak  Dobson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Joseph Farless Member President of Lawson Electric Co.  Farless no longer appears to be working at this program.  Farless is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Richard Floyd Member TN State Representative 
FLOYD , RICHARD MANLEY
KNOXVILLE, TN 37923

Profession:  Emergency Medical Responder
Rank:  Unapproved Applicant

License Number:  
Status:   Closed Application

Original Date:  
Expiration Date:   (This may be a different person.)

James M. Fogo Member Dentist  It appears Fogo was sued in 2007 for malpractice, the case settled out of court.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/Practitioner.aspx?ProfessionCode=1201&LicenseNumber=3448&FileNumber=4859  (He is a licensed dentist.)
Steven L. Frost Executive Member President of Tuftco Corp  Frost is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Todd Gardenhire Member Sr. VP of Wealth Mgmt for Smith Barney  Gardenhire no longer appears to be working at this program.  Gardenhire is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Bruce Gibson Member Gibson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Tim Green Executive Member Technical Director  Green no longer appears to be working at this program.  There are too many Tim Greens in TN to determine whether or not this Tim Green holds any licenses.  HEAL requires Tim's full name (including middle) or license number to complete verification.
Joan Hixon Member Asst. VP, Bank of Dade  Hixon no longer appears to be working at this program.  Hixon is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Nancy Hoover Member Marketing Agent with Krystal Co.  There are too many Nancy Hoovers in TN to determine whether or not this Nancy Hoover holds any licenses.  HEAL requires Nancy's full name (including middle) or license number to complete verification.
Chris Hunter Member VP of Corporate Development for Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance  Hunter no longer appears to be working at this program.  There are too many Chris Hunters in TN to determine whether or not this Chris Hunter holds any licenses.  HEAL requires Chris' full name (including middle) or license number to complete verification.
Nancy Moore Executive Member State Farm Insurance Agent  Moore no longer appears to be working at this program.  There are too many Nancy Moores in TN to determine whether or not this Nancy Moore holds any licenses.  HEAL requires Nancy's full name (including middle) or license number to complete verification.
Edna T. Morgan Member Morgan no longer appears to be working at this program.  Morgan is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Stephen Pike Executive Member VP of Chattanooga Funeral Home  Pike no longer appears to be working at this program.  Pike is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Lee Pittman Member President/CEO of Dixie Produce Inc.  There is a Lee E. Pittman that is a licensed Registered Nurse in TN.  This may be a different person.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Donald Stone Member Physicist  Stone is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Harold Williams Executive Member Secretary/Treasurer for Williams Printing Co.  There are too many Harold Williams' in TN to determine whether or not this Harold Williams holds any licenses.  HEAL requires Harold's full name (including middle) or license number to complete verification.
Sam Woolwine Executive Member Writer/Consultant  Woolwine is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Gary Behler Program Director Behler no longer works for the program and is now a politician.  Behler is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Bob McFarland Former Exec. Director McFarland was the executive director in 2001.  McFarland no longer appears to be working for this program in any capacity.  McFarland is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Ron Thomas Interim Executive Director There are too many Ron Thomas' in TN to determine whether or not this Ron Thomas holds any licenses.  HEAL requires Ron's full name (including middle) or license number to complete verification.
David Shinn Admissions Shinn is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Sharon Mansell Admission Mansell is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Stacie L. Caraway Chairperson Caraway is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/
Ellen Flemmons Principal Flemmons is a licensed teacher in TN.  However, Flemmons is not a licensed administrator.  Source: E-mail from TN Department of Education, Office of Teacher Licensing.
HEAL's concerns include that Bethel Bible Village Children's Home does not appear to be licensed by the Department of Human Services in Tennessee nor the Department of Children's Services in Tennessee.  This is a serious concern as it shows a lack of oversight in regards to the practices in place at Bethel Bible Village.  Ron Thomas, David Shinn, and Sharon Mansell do not appear to be licensed by the Department of Health in any capacity.  Bethel Bible Village is not licensed by the Department of Health in Tennessee.  However, Bethel Bible Village Campus School (same address as the program) is registered as a non-public school with the Department of Education.  It has been accredited by the Department of Education since May, 2004 as a private and traditional school only.  This suggests it is not licensed for anything other than standard educational services and therefore is not licensed to provide any therapeutic or other counseling services.  Tennessee has not reviewed the services/curriculum of Bethel Bible Village since 2003.  And, this lack of oversight is a serious concern given that this program is residential and claiming to provide family counseling and other services for which it is not accredited or licensed to provide in the state of Tennessee.

HEAL has received a preliminary report of concern from families claiming the program denies contact with the child during the initial phases of the program.  This is a serious concern as is the fact that they are not licensed to provide the services they claim to provide.  Both of these concerns are warning signs of an abusive program.  For additional warning signs and questions to ask, see www.heal-online.org/warn.htm

THE TRUTH:

All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public.  We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm.  Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims.  We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims.  We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources.  In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction.  And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm

HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily.  In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed.  Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children.  See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information.  Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case.  In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants.  His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so. 

Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice.  And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them.  And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA. 

HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:

a.  Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation.  It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment.  For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at  https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A.  Or, see:   http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/  which includes in part:    "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.  In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."

b.  Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive.  Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights.  Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm.  "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)."  (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)

c.  Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children.  Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family.  Source:   http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html       

d.  Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful.  Best source on this currently is:     https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc

e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression.  Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments.  Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html

Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective.  You can request these documents via e-mail.  In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services.  Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know"  for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.

If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "How Would You Handle My Out of Control Teen?".

If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general.  For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)

 *(Bethel Bible Village Children's Home, 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: September 8th, 2019

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