This is a  staff list for Still Waters Christian Boarding School in Union, MS

(a.k.a. Happiness Hill Christian Home and Academy, Happiness Hill Ministries, Solid Rock Boy's Home in Union, MS fka Happiness Hills)

(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 Happiness Hills/Still Waters.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Happiness Hills/Still Waters, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Happiness Hills/Still Waters, please contact 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 Happiness Hills/Still Waters and rescue them if they are there now. 




Additional Information
Raymond Palmer Founder Statement submitted by survivor on October 8th, 2009:

"As a former 'detainee' of Happiness Hill I have found some errors in the staff list.  Jack High is not the founder of the HH Home.  It was founded by Raymond and Kaye Palmer who used to work at the Roloff homes in TX.  They chose MS because of the lack if involvement in homes and school like this by the state.  There was also I Bro. & Mrs. Dye and thier daughter Rebekah Joy, they were from TN.  Miss Debbie was the devil.  She was an over weight mean woman on a power trip.  She was the strictest of the bunch.  If you were punished she would take it to another level.  When girls were on confinement she made up the rule that rather than just keeping your head down, that you had to touch your chin to your chest for 55 minutes out of every hour.  You got a break when she said you got one.  it was extremely painful!  I will say that they are not a cult.  The problem is that the purpose of the program has been long forgotten.  Just because something has God or religion attached to it doesn't make the people who believe or are affliated with it in a cult or brainwashed.  I did my time at HH and I have forgotten most of what went on.  I remember things that the other girls talk about but I don't remember too much.  I did leave there with a better understanding of the Bible and closer to God..... but I also left with a permanent crick in my neck.

I was in the home from 12/95- 12/96."

Kaye Palmer Founder  
Karen High Jack's Wife/Co-Founder/V.P. (Their having been the founders is disputed by survivor reports.)1
Jack High President/Founder  
Bob Hamblen Pastor to the "President"^  
David Harrell "Principal" Harrell is Hamblen's son-in-law and has worked for the program since 2003.
Becky Harrell Dorm Supervisor Jack/Karen's daughter and David Harrell's wife.
Suzanne Barton Dorm Worker  
Faith & Anna Worley Staff The Worley sisters are also "graduates" of the Happiness Hills program.  They "graduated" in 2006.
Chris Sledge Maintenance  
Chelsea Sledge Staff Chris and Chelsea are married.  And, they've been with the cult since 2007.1
Steve Wukmer Director of sister program Director of Solid Rock Boy's Home.
Robin Wukmer Steve's wife  
Michelle Solomon Staff Solomon is also a "graduate" of Happiness Hills.  She "graduated" in 2009 was "led to stay" by the cult according to their website as of July 23rd, 2009 at 10:00pm Pacific.
Brother Dye Staff  
Mrs. Dye Staff  
Rebekah Joy Dye Staff Daughter of "Brother" and Mrs. Dye.
John and Anna Rush Staff Anna is a graduate of the program.  Only qualification.
Lynn Rimes Staff  
Mrs. Debbie Staff Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail.  (dates in program 1995-1996)
Brother Prather Asst. Pastor Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail.  (dates in program 1995-1996)
Mrs. Prather Cook Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail.  (dates in program 1995-1996)
Mrs. Paula Dorm Parent Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail.  (dates in program 1995-1996)


Affiliated with the People's Baptist Church

The Rebekah Home for Girls (a.k.a. Rebecca Home for Girls, New Beginnings/Lighthouse Ministries in Jay, FL--Started in Texas)

City of Refuge in Oklahoma

Anchor Home for Boys (FL?) (Anchor Academy, Anchor Character Training Center)

Lighthouse (FL)

Jubilee Home for Women

ABM Family of Services

Agape Boarding School

Bethel Girls Academy (MS)

Bethel Boys Academy (MS) (a.k.a. most recently renamed--Gulf Coast Academy--a WWASP Facility)

Calvary Academy (FL)

Reclamation Ranch (AL)

New Bethany Home

Mountain Park Academy (MO)

Hephzibah House (IN)

Maranatha Baptist Church (IN)

Solid Rock Boy's Home


Academy at Ivy Ridge (Academy at Ivy Ridge) in New York

Spring Creek Lodge in Montana

Camas Ranch (for 18 year olds+ young men) in Montana

Carolina Springs Academy in South Carolina

Cross Creek Programs in Utah  Also see: for video testimony from a family defrauded by Cross Creek/WWASPS.

Horizon Academy in Nevada

Darrington Academy (reportedly closed) in Georgia

Midwest Academy in Iowa

Tranquility Bay in Jamaica (reportedly closed)

High Impact in Mexico (reportedly closed)

Casa by the Sea (reportedly closed)

Pillars of Hope in Costa Rica (still operating)

*(Happiness Hills, 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.)
Director of group home arrested By TRISTAN STOVALL Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:00 PM The former director of Happiness Hill Christian Home for girls on Deemer Road and his wife were charged with embezzlement after $210,313.36 was reported missing following a state audit, the authorities said. Jack High, 69, of 11901 Road 505,  and Karen Lynn High, 67, same address, were charged with taking the money from the Christian home, a mission of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Lafayette, Ind.  High was director of Happiness Hill and his wife was secretary/treasurer, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said. They are no longer employed by the home, which is now directed by John and Anna Rush. While a routine state audit revealed $210,313.36 in missing funds, Waddell said a separate in-house audit showed $383,251.05. Sheriff Investigator Ralph Sciple said he was notified of the missing funds on March 8 by William Murdock, chairman of the board of Lighthouse Baptist Church. The Highs were arrested on April 21. The Highs were released from jail on bonds. Happiness Hill was founded in 1991 by Raymond and Kaye Palmer. It is a home for young ladies between the ages of 13-17 who want and are willing to receive help. According to their website, many of the young ladies have been abused, neglected and unwanted.  Some may be caught up in alcohol, drugs, being with the wrong crowd, rebellion and some may just have no one to care for them, the website said. Among the home’s financial supporting ministries in this area are Arlington, Calvary and Enon Baptist churches and First Baptist Church of Union and Greenland Baptist Church of Union. A home for boys was later opened called the Solid Rock Boy’s Home. The two homes are located within five miles of each other on Road 505, better known as Deemer Road. - See more at: 


 Last Updated: February 2nd, 2020

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