Since 1966, the goal of Edgewood Children’s Ranch has been to help at-risk children and their families find hope. Our mission began when Orange County Juvenile Court Judge D. Arthur Yergey sought an option other than juvenile detention or confinement for young boys with disruptive behaviors. Judge Yergey’s vision coincided with the passion of John W. “Jack” Lynd whose years of working with troubled children led him to a similar vision to establish a faith-based home and school where young people could safely heal and change the direction their lives are heading.

Our program began in a small house with two boys and a lot of faith and prayer. Dr. Jack Lynd and those boys prayed for their first meal because there was none at the time and God provided. Since our humble beginning, we continue to step out on faith and pray for the things that we need and God continues to move in people’s hearts to support the Ranch. Since 1966, our program has grown from helping two boys in a small house to being able to help up to 50 children and their families find hope for a better future.


Edgewood Ranch has had an impact on so many lives in Central Florida since it started in 1966. Read some of the stories of a few of our past Ranchers.