This is a  staff list for Victory Christian Academy (a.k.a. Lighthouse of Northwest Florida, Lighthouse Christian Academy) of Jay, FL

(This Program Closed in 2013, But, Has Re-Opened as Genesis Ministries aka Good Samaritans of NW Florida aka Palm Lane Baptist Church)

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

 

THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED!

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Victory Christian Academy/Lighthouse of Northwest Florida.  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 Victory Christian Academy/Lighthouse of Northwest Florida, you have the right to take action.

 

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

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Michael Palmer Founder/Former Owner  
Thomas Russell Owner of Website  
Russell Cookston New Owner  
David Porter Fundraiser There is no further information available on this location/program staff.*
Brother MacElvain Staff Spelling is uncertain and full name not provided or unknown by victim who e-mailed us on 12/12/19 to ask the names be added.
Mrs. MacElvain Staff Spelling is uncertain and full name not provided or unknown by victim who e-mailed us on 12/12/19 to ask the names be added.
Brother Briton Staff Full name unknown to victim who e-mailed us on 12/12/19 to ask the name be added.
Mrs. Briton Staff Full name unknown to victim who e-mailed us on 12/12/19 to ask the name be added.
Miss Judy Staff Full name unknown to victim who e-mailed us on 12/12/19 to ask the name be added.
(Victory Christian Academy/Lighthouse of Northwest Florida, 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.)
For Family and Survivor Statements, visit: www.heal-online.org/victory.htm
Death: Carey Dunn (September 23rd, 1988)
This program and it's location appear to have changed ownership multiple times since our first reports of abuse.  In reviewing the information available online, it appears that this program/location is under new ownership and under new leadership.  It appears to be a private, co-ed, Christian school.  It is unclear if it is still a "boarding school" or if it is simply a private day school.  There is not much clear information available about the new school.  However, they kept the location and the name associated with the history of the program and this is a concern.  We are in the process of confirming whether or not VCA/LCA as it existed in the past still exists.  If you can confirm that this program as was run by Michael Palmer and/or Russell Cookston is closed and no longer operating, please let us know.  Please let us know and we will accept valid, confirmable information showing that this program is closed and that the "new" venture is independent of and not acting in the same manner as VCA/LCA under Palmer.  Thank you for your help.  You can reach us at info@heal-online.org to report new information.
Article: In God's Name: Abuse at Religious Group Homes in Florida (Tampa Bay Times, October 27th, 2012)

"After years of allegations ranging from extreme discipline to rape, a Christian girls' reform home in the Panhandle is shutting its doors.

Lighthouse of Northwest Florida, in the tiny town of Jay, has returned all of its teenage residents to their parents, and at the end of the month, its bucolic 9.7-acre grounds will be auctioned off to the highest bidder."


Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/after-times-investigation-controversial-christian-girls-reform-home-closes/1275063
Source for showing Genesis Ministries et al is re-branding of Victory/Lighthouse: https://www.corporationwiki.com/p/2y1g7m/genesis-ministries-of-delaware-inc
UPDATE: HEAL Mission confirmed with Jodi Hobbs (survivor of VCA and founder of SIA) that this program is now closed.  We also found the following information which suggests Michael Palmer may now be homeless and in need of public assistance.  Source: https://www.leagle.com/decision/inflco20180725183
SURVIVOR FEEDBACK: http://www.churchofphilosophicalexploration.church/vcakmfeedback.pdf.

 

 Last Updated: May 11th, 2020

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