This is a  staff list for New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls in Arcadia, LA (and Walterboro, SC)

(aka New Bethany Baptist Church, New Bethany Baptist Church Foundation)

(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 New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls.  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 New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls, 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 New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls and rescue them if they are there now.   



Additional Information
Mack and Thelma Ford Founders The Arcadia location is rumored to be closed.  If you can confirm the status of this program (open/closed/renamed), please contact us.
Trudy Arbitelle Staff New Bethany Home.  Trudy and David (below) are now working for Amelia Christian Academy in Amelia, VA.  David falsely stated that Amelia Academy (aka Amelia Christian Academy) does not exist in an e-mail to HEAL on September 2nd, 2010.  We believe this further shows the deceptive practices of this industry and group of programs.
David Arbitelle Staff New Bethany Home.  Arbitelle now is reportedly pastor at Holly Farms Road Baptist Church in Rice, VA.  Source--Survivor e-mail on September 4th, 2010.
Olen King Director New Bethany Home for Boys in Walterboro, SC.  King's son, Douglas, is married to the Ford's youngest daughter, Penny.  King currently operates a "Christian Boarding School" called King Family Ministries in Danbury, NC.
Nora Carter Staff Nora Carter-Shepherd married Tom Shepherd in 1992.  Tom was a gardener for New Bethany.  They later opened their own abusive home called Faith Children's Home/Faith Ranch in Campbell, IN under Old Paths Baptist Church, Inc.  They also reportedly operated a sister program in the Phillipines.   (See:  ) Pastor Lewis of the Old Paths Baptist Church has reported to HEAL that he is not associated with Nora Carter-Shepherd and that Nora Carter-Shepherd incorporated using his church's name without his consent.  We will have more details up shortly.  Nora Carter also ran "Faith Ranch" in Milan, TN in the early/mid 90's.
Claire Shipman Staff  
Sheila Ford Mixson Staff  
Penny Ford King Staff  
Larry "L.D." Rapier Director  
Dee Rapier Larry's Wife/Staff (former) (See Survivor E-mail Below.)
Mother Raines Staff  
The Eades Family Staff  
Mackie (Maxine) Ford (Jarrell) Board Member/Mack's daughter  
Ms. Judy Teacher  
Timothy Johnson Board Member Johnson is now the former Vice president of Institutional advancement at *Louisiana college.*  Johnson is also married to Robbie (Ford) Johnson, daughter of Mack Ford.  Source  
Jonathan Johnson Board Member Johnson appears to be the minister at Church of Christ of Pine Prairie.  Johnson is the son of Timothy and Robbie Johnson and grandson of Mack Ford.  Source  Jonathan Johnson is a paid staffer for Sen. Neil Riser (LA).  Source
Douglas Gilmore Board Member  
Ms. Chen Staff  
Joanne Coltrain Madden Staff  
Ms. April Russell Staff  
Frank Garcia "Principal"  
Craig Clark Staff  
David Garris Staff  
Miss Jackie Staff  
Miss Carol Staff  
Miss Cindy Staff Miss Carol and Miss Cindy are reportedly twin sisters.
Mrs. Janice Staff  
Bro. Roebuck Staff  
Mrs. Roebuck Staff Mrs. Roebuck being Bro. Roebuck's wife.
Rev. W.T. "Dub" Darnell Principal Mrs. Darnell reportedly acted as Vice Principal under her husband.
Bobby Barnes Staff Reportedly currently living in Monroe, NC  The Barnes' are associated with Victorious Valley Home & Academy in SC (2014). The association is through Bible Baptist Church-Faith Promis Missions (website:
Patty Barnes Staff Reportedly currently living in Monroe, NC  The Barnes' are associated with Victorious Valley Home & Academy in SC (2014).  The association is through Bible Baptist Church-Faith Promis Missions (website:
Mr. Garrison Staff  
Bobby Jarrell Director Jarrell is currently (June, 2017) running New Bethany Baptist Church Foundation in West Monroe, LA.  We are investigating.  If you have any information regarding whether this facility is again running a residential youth home, please e-mail us.  Thanks!  (Special Note: Bobby Jarrell is Mack Ford's son-in-law.)
Audrey Brown Staff Name provided by survivor via e-mail on 11/27/21.
Ms. Patricia (Pat) Eades Staff Name provided by survivor via e-mail on 11/28/21.
*(New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls, 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.)
Survivor Affidavit--Anonymous (1996)
Survivor Declaration--Rachael Gutierrez (1974-1975)
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Survivor Snapshots From Teen-Home Hell Parents were told their daughters would sing, pray, and ride horses. The girls say what they got was closer to torture. —Photos by former residents of New Bethany School for Girls; text by Kathryn Joyce and Michael Mechanic Next  (link will take you to a non-HEAL website) The New Bethany School for Girls no longer exists, at least by that name. But it was one of an unknown number of homes for "troubled teens" that cater to the Independent Fundamental Baptist community—a web of thousands of autonomous churches linked by doctrine, overlapping leadership, and affiliations with Bible colleges like Bob Jones University. IFB churches emphasize strict obedience and consider teen rebellion an invention of worldly society, so families faced with teenage drinking, smoking, or truancy often entrust their children to such programs. These reform schools trace their lineages to Texas radio evangelist Lester Roloff, who founded the Rebekah Home for Girls in Corpus Christi back in 1967, employing disciplinary tactics that were adopted by dozens of imitators. Roloff's wards were subjected to days in locked isolation rooms where his sermons played in an endless loop. They also endured exhaustive corporal punishment. "Better a pink bottom than a black soul," he famously declared at a 1973 court hearing after he was prosecuted by the state of Texas on behalf of 16 Rebekah girls. (The attorney general responded that he was more concerned with bottoms "that were blue, black, and bloody.") This slideshow features snapshots posted on online "survivor" forums by former residents of New Bethany, who confided with Mother Jones contributor Kathryn Joyce about their treatment at the hands of the home's authorities. (One of the photos was titled: "Hell.jpg".)As Joyce reported in her must-read magazine piece, "Escape from Missouri," which appears online as "Horror Stories From Tough-Love Teen Homes," such stories are common among former residents of the Roloff-inspired homes, which continue to operate with near impunity in states like Missouri, Texas, and Louisiana. Among other indignities, former residents describe being beaten, hazed, locked in isolation, refused bathroom privileges, and denied contact with their loved ones. The schools are largely located on remote rural compounds, which discourages escape and helps their operators avoid scrutiny. "After a while, I was so brainwashed I didn't even want to run," one survivor told Joyce. "I figured this was God's plan." Source:

To New Bethany and Back: One Woman's Journey to Report the Man She Reported Sexually Abused Her: 

If that link will not open or does not work for any reason, please click here for the complete story.  For photographs from this story, click here.
External Link (Continuation of Article Series from Above):
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HEAL Mission realizes that many survivors still are not convinced or certain that New Bethany is closed.  But, Mack Ford is dead.  Google says it is permanently closed.  And, we've had no new reports of abuse from anyone claiming it to still be open or believing that's possible.  But, if it is re-animated and we get word that it has re-opened, we'll put it back on the main watch-list.  For now, we're burying it along with Mack Ford's memory we hope.  You can e-mail with any evidence it has re-opened or is still operating. 


 Last Updated: November 28th, 2021

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