New River Ranch opened in January 1988. The Ranch was a former Show Horse Ranch, and was donated by Joe and
Sandi Lewis. The Ranch exists to provide residential group home care and behavioral health services to children between the ages
of 10 and 18 (at time of admittance).
New River Ranch provides a structured environment in which the whole person is treated through discipline, recreation, education, social and character development and spiritual guidance. Psychological, Equine Assisted Therapy and counseling services are provided. A full array of activities can include fishing ponds, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and indoor pool.
Brad and Carla Phillips consider it to be their life’s calling to work with the staff and children at New River Ranch and head up the ranch family.
Mrs. Phillips began working with New River Ranch in 1999 as the Clinical Services Director. In February 2013, she was named as the Executive Director of New River Ranch.
Ms. Phillips is a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She earned a BA in Psychology from Lee University and an MSW from West Virginia University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and is Licensed by the Church of God as a Minister of Music. She has been certified as a Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist through Ohio University as well as certification through EAGALA as an equine treatment specialist.
Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Poca High School and attended Marshall University as well as WV State University. Mr. Phillips is a certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer through Cornell University and he spent many years in music ministry.
Brad and Carla have proven their hearts for the children and staff of this program and are dedicated to the mission of this ministry.