This is a  staff list for Heartland Christian Academy in Newark/Bethel, MO

(a.k.a. CNS International Ministries, Inc., Heartland Children and Youth Home, Heartland Christian Academy/Early Childhood Development Center, Heartland Christian College, Hope for Ishmael (television series), Heartland Academy Community Church, Heartland Men's Recovery Center (LaBelle, MO),  Heartland Women's Recovery Center (Bethel, MO))


(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 Heartland Christian Academy.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Heartland Christian Academy, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Heartland Christian Academy, 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 donít place your loved one in Heartland Christian Academy and rescue them if they are there now. 




Additional Information
Laurie Sharpe Administrator/Co-Director For Heartland Children and Youth Home in Newark
Kris Palmer Co-Director For Heartland Children and Youth Home in Newark
Rob Patchin Co-Director For Heartland Children and Youth Home in Newark
Thomas Hutchens "Principal" For Heartland Christian Academy in Bethel
Kris Palmer Dean For Heartland Christian College--Not accredited by any secular or Christian private school accreditation agencies.
Martha Palmer Registrar For Heartland Christian College--Not accredited by any secular or Christian private school accreditation agencies.
Stephanie Moss Outreach/Fundraising  
Daniel Bock Tourism  
Robyn Schrock Director Food Services --Newark/Bethel location(s)
Tass & Karen Abu Saada Hope for Ishmael Point Persons for "Hope for Ishmael".
Eliza Bock Television Production  
Charles Sharpe Director/Founder "Pastor" for Heartland Academy Community Church.
Rob Patchin Director Heartland Men's Recovery Center in LaBelle, MO
Audrey Emerson Director Heartland Women's Recovery Center in Bethel, MO
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES There is no additional information on staff at this location at this time.*
*(Heartland Christian Academy, 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.)
HEAL has received one family report and assisted in one rescue from this program. 
HEAL has received requests from Nessler & Associates (law firm) regarding a lawsuit against this program for abuse.
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"Eads said he was arrested by Waddle and Parrish on suspicion that he might have been involved in an incident in which 11 Heartland students were forced to stand in a manure pit at the facility's dairy farm as punishment. Five staffers were charged with child abuse."  Source:
UPDATE IN PROGRESS: September 21st, 2016

HEAL contacted the University of Missouri's Admissions office to ask if they accept credits, transcripts and diplomas from Heartland Christian Academy.  The University of Missouri replied: "We have Heartland Christian Academy in Bethel, MO entered as accredited in our system. We will therefore count their grades toward our admissions requirements and scholarship eligibility. Their transcripts and diplomas will count, as well." (Source: E-mail sent by University of Missouri Admissions Representative on September 22nd, 2016)

St Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, 12 January 2002

Charges Are Dropped Against One Worker At Christian School Nine employees of Heartland Christian Academy in Bethel, Mo., still face criminal counts in child abuse cases By Matthew Franck Of The Post-Dispatch A prosecutor has dropped all child abuse charges against a worker at Heartland Christian Academy, a boarding school for wayward youth where nine employees are still facing criminal counts. The school's founder, the Rev. Charles Sharpe, went on the offensive at a news conference Friday, accusing investigators of launching a "witch hunt" against the school and its employees. "We believe a terrible atrocity has been committed here," he said. "We just want to put this all behind us." Sharpe is an insurance tycoon who has spent millions of dollars to build Heartland, a religious community with more than 16,000 acres in Lewis, Shelby and Knox counties. The Heartland Christian Academy currently enrolls about 125 wayward youth, many with criminal backgrounds. The school's reliance on corporal punishment has led to abuse allegations. In June, five workers were charged with felony child abuse for allegedly forcing children to shovel manure as a punishment. In August, four workers were charged with excessive paddling of a 16-year-old student. The charges dismissed this week involve a separate incident in which employee Jason Flood was accused of hitting a boy in the ear causing his eardrum to burst. Heartland lawyers presented an affidavit Friday presumably written by the boy in which he takes the blame for the incident and says he was suffering from an ear infection. The Lewis County prosecutor dismissed the charges this week but could not be reached for comment. Second Judicial Circuit juvenile officer Michael Waddle, who helped investigate the charges, would not comment on the matter. In the past, Waddle has said he believes children are unsafe at Heartland. In October, officials from the Division of Family Services raided Heartland and removed its 115 children. Sharpe, who hired a team of lawyers, has since resumed operations and won a court injunction against raids. Flood said the criminal charges destroyed his reputation and have kept him from assisting the youths he loves. "I was a role model to them," he said. "It was like taking a father away from his children." He now will return to work at the school and has already made contact with the boy involved in the incident. Sharpe and two Heartland attorneys at the news conference were indignant in their criticism of law enforcement officials - particularly those in Lewis County. Sharpe has retaliated against the county by moving more than $7 million of his Sharpe Land and Cattle Co. operations to adjacent Knox County. Sharpe has filed a civil lawsuit against Lewis County officials seeking damages for temporarily closing the school. Missouri is one of a handful of states that do not require residential religious youth facilities like Heartland to be licensed and regularly inspected.  Source:


 Last Updated: September 23rd, 2016

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