Chestnut Mountain Village (‘The Village’), a ministry of Chestnut Mountain Ranch, is dedicated to creating Christ-centered communities to provide hope and homes for vulnerable kids and families. To do this, the Village guides and equips church partners to care for vulnerable children and families by providing a proven, step by step ministry model that amplifies the Gospel, nurtures spiritual growth, and involves the entire church. The Village also serves as a bridge between churches, local child placing agencies, and other government entities, when necessary.
The Village Mission:
Creating Christ-centered communities to provide hope and homes for vulnerable kids and families.
The Village Vision:
Through His church, God’s promise to set the lonely in families is fulfilled in a tangible, measurable way.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.” Psalm 68:5-6
About Chestnut Mountain Ranch
Chestnut Mountain Ranch (‘The Ranch’) is a Christ-centered home and school in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Ranch reaches the hearts of young men and restores broken families through a structured, loving community. The Ranch vision is to restore hope to children and families. The Ranch is located just 6 miles south of Morgantown on nearly 300 beautiful acres.
The Ranch is a Christ-centered safe haven for boys and families in crisis – a place for family restoration, where boys can enjoy school again and experience positive family values.
The Village Leadership
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN RANCH
Recognized as one of the top 3 leaders in the country by the 2016 John C. Maxwell Leadership Award Committee. Steve Finn witnessed firsthand how God makes the impossible possible. After 12 years as a gangs special unit metro-Atlanta police officer, he and his wife felt led to full-time ministry. Following a short tenure as Houseparents for Eagle Ranch Children’s Home outside of Atlanta. Steve took an even greater leap. Today, he is the Founder and Executive Director for Chestnut Mountain Ranch, a 300-acre Christ-centered home and school for boys in one of the poorest areas of the country. Cautioned that building a ministry of such magnitude in that area would be almost impossible. Steve chose to trust that God would bring the seed He had planted to harvest. Together, he and his wide, Dawn call Chestnut Mountain Ranch home with a family too big to name.
DIRECTOR OF FOSTER CARE INITIATIVES CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN RANCH
After a 30 year career in business and non-profit leadership roles, Greg joined Chestnut Mountain Ranch as Director of Foster Care Initiatives. Greg was an early supporter of the Ranch and previously served on its Board of Directors. He and his wife Jennifer felt called to do more for at-risk and vulnerable children in West Virginia and both joined the Ranch full time in July 2021. Jennifer is a teacher at the Ranch school.
Prior to joining the Ranch, Greg served for several years as Chief Operating Officer of a successful and growing West Virginia based research and development services firm that focused on chemical, energy, environmental, and software technologies. In that role, he had responsibilities in many functions including accounting and finance, information technologies, human resources, marketing, and legal disciplines. Prior to that he served as Director at an economic development and innovation based non-profit, which focused on diversifying the West Virginia economy. In this position, Greg was responsible for all aspects of a technology focused commercialization and entrepreneurship program that supported, mentored, and invested in technology based new ventures.
Greg has also held past positions in commercial marketing, customer service, and operations at Nortel Networks in North Carolina and France. He also served as a Senior Accountant with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Charlotte, N.C.
Greg has an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from West Virginia University.