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New Direction Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit, nondenominational ministry was founded by Bridget and David Walls. The vision and mission of New Direction was birthed from insight they received while a family in crisis with situations in their own home with teenagers. They became aware of the reality that most adolescent and family care was cost prohibitive for many families. In 1996 David (a stock broker) and Bridget ( a licensed professional counselor) heard the call from the Lord to find a place set-apart in which teens and families could come and receive restoration. Stepping out on faith, both quit their jobs and opened a counseling center with the policy that no one would ever be turned away for inability to pay.

New Direction Farm opened in 1998 in Madison County, NC as a residential school for teenagers experiencing relational difficulties (failure in school, oppositional defiance, attention deficit disorder, attachment disorders, depression, anxiety) The 400 acres of New Direction Farm contain 2 homes for middle school boys, a lodge which is used for retreats and daily gatherings, a school house, carpentry shop, craft work shop, 150 year old farmhouse which is where counseling sessions are held, miles of trails, barns, and animals. Over these past 15 years almost 280 teenagers have lived on the farm anywhere from 6 months to 4 years of time. Students receive excellent classroom instruction from a Christian world view, with a staff to student ration of 1:2. The goal is to walk with the youth and family until enough of the debilitating mindsets driving the behaviors are changed and exchanged for those which are life giving and enable the youth to live with purpose and meaning. A large amount of work is focused, as well, on where changes within the family home need to change.

Our desire at New Direction Farm is that young men will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior and surrender to His Authority as Lord of their lives. Only then will they be able to live a selfless life of purpose and meaning.


PO Box 968 Mars Hill, NC 28754

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(828) 689-4850