“We had the ranch a long time before we had the church,” said his son, who started serving as co-pastor with his mother after his father died in 2011.
The boys at Restoration Ranch will work with and care for the horses, and the older boys will be taught how to live independently as they transition into adulthood, he said.
“They’ve proven that equine therapy is one of the most successful things you can do for a child that’s troubled,” Bishop said…..
“There are more than 16,000 children in Ohio who need homes, and churches and ministries need to be the answer,” Bishop said. “The Bible tells us to take care of the orphans and the widows. I want this facility to be so nice they won’t want to leave, but the end game is to get them adopted into families.”
The non-denominational church has contracted with Woolpert, a Dayton-based architecture, engineering, geospatial and strategic consulting firm, to provide concept architecture, civil engineering, floodplain analysis and survey services. Restoration Ranch will feature Southwestern-style architecture like the church but will have its own distinct style, according to James Dobrozsi, Woolpert architect and program director.
“The church has a long history of providing support to the youths of our community, and we’re happy that they chose Woolpert to contribute to their goals,” Dobrozsi said.