In the Beginning

Missouri Baptist Children's Home began in a rented residence of 12 rooms at 2651 Morgan Street, St. Louis, in April, 1886. In May, 1887, a permanent location for the Home was purchased at 1906 Lafayette Avenue in St. Louis. This building was occupied until 1907 when the Home was moved to "Pattonville" Missouri in west St. Louis County. This community is now called "Bridgeton."

MBCH Children and Family Ministries

The Story of Us

Missouri Baptist Children's Home was founded upon a dream of Mrs. Joseph B. Thompson in 1882. Mrs. Thompson saw a vital need in the rapidly developing city of St. Louis, for a place to house orphaned children and infants when they had no place to go.A member of the Ladies' Sewing...

Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

Mission and Values

Mission Missouri Baptist Children's Home is committed to serving God by responding to the needs of children, youth and families to make a lasting difference in their lives. Values Statement Believing that God ordained the family as the primary institution for nurture, growth and support of children, our services reflect the belief that "family...

Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

130 Years of Caring

Missouri Baptist Children's Home opened April 1, 1886. Since that day, tens of thousands of children, youth and families have been offered hope and restoration. God has used MBCH to change lives. Countless individuals have made professions of faith. Thousands of children have found “forever homes.” Hundreds of childless families have been blessed...

MBCH Children and Family Ministries

Today's Ministries

Residential Services The ministry that has traditionally been most associated with MBCH is campus-based residential care. Those programs have grown from providing care in “cottages” to therapeutic group homes, maternity homes, housing for teens transitioning from foster care, a safe home for victims of human trafficking and a group home for developmentally...

Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

2016 IRS 990 Forms

The following tax forms are provided for public viewing. Missouri Baptist Children's Home MBCH Children and Family Ministries MBCH Foundation MBCH Properties The LIGHT House

MBCH Children and Family Ministries

Ever-Changing Needs

MBCH Children and Family Ministries (MBCH CFM) is the member of the MBCH corporate family that provides most of the programs and services of the agency. This allows MBCH CFM to focus on caring for children, youth and families instead of roles that are more administrative in nature. Since 1886, Missouri Baptists...

MBCH Foundation

MBCH Foundation

The children, youth and families cared for by Missouri Baptist Children’s Home depend upon the generosity of people and organizations that understand the tremendous need and have the financial resources to provide for their care. Your gifts to MBCH make a considerable difference in the lives of children. In 2016, approximately...

MBCH Professional Development Institute

MBCH Professional Development Institute

Werner Strick Workshop Series The MBCH Professional Development Institute (PDI) provides training for child care professionals, foster/adoptive parents, church children’s workers and others. Classroom workshops typically require a time commitment of only one day. Sample workshop topics have included: “Teaching Social Skills to Youth,” “Facilitating the Development of Healthy Families,” “Medication Certification,” “Developing...

MBCH Properties

MBCH Properties

MBCH Properties owns and manages the campuses that house the services and programs provided by MBCH Children and Family Ministries. The residential programs are provided at the Lowe-Frillman Campus in Bridgeton, the Byrne Campus in Peculiar and the Hutchens Campus in Mt. Vernon. While not officially a part of MBCH Properties,...

The LIGHT House

The LIGHT House

The LIGHT House has been providing Christ-centered maternity care, adoption services and on-going ministry to young mothers and their babies in the Kansas City area for thirty years. Originally founded by Youth-for-Christ, The LIGHT House became an affiliate of MBCH Children and Family Ministries in 2012. It is often difficult for a...

Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

Your Mission, Your Ministry, You Making a Difference

We have just the place for you! Working at Missouri Baptist Children's Home is more than a job, it is using God-given talents to be a role model to children who come from very hurtful situations. If you accept God's call to minister to His children at MBCH, you will be...

MBCH Children and Family Ministries

2017 MBCH Children and Family Ministries Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell L. Martin MBA, CFP® Vice PresidentMrs. Ramona Conrad-Cooper MSW, ACSW, LCSW Regional Vice-PresidentMr. David Burch MA Program DirectorsMs. Jan L. Greninger MA, LCSWMrs. Robbi Haynes MOLMs. Lavon Hulin MSW, ACSW, LCSWMr. Charles Phillips MCCM Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardRev. Ron Robinson, Van Buren Recording SecretaryMrs. Cara Peoples, Richmond Rev. Tim Abanathy, PortagevilleMrs....

MBCH Foundation

2017 MBCH Foundation Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell Martin MBA, CFP® Vice PresidentMr. James G. Morrow MBA Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardMr. Thomas T. O'Hare, St. Louis Recording Secretary   Rev. E.J. Barnes, TrentonMr. Jim Brandenburgh, NixaMr. Eugene Butler, PevelyMr. Brent L. Campbell, TroyBetty L. Cox, Cape GirardeauMr. Walter Easter, St. LouisMr. David A. Gamache, ChesterfieldDr. Robert Hodson, LamarMrs....

MBCH Properties

2017 MBCH Properties Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell Martin MBA, CFP® Vice PresidentMr. Kenneth Raye Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardDr. Ronald Baker, Fulton Recording SecretaryMrs. Beverly Corum, Kearney Rev. Russell Abbott, BrowningRev. Mark Albee, HannibalMrs. Patsy J. Austin, WilliamsburgMrs. Ava Baker, LebanonMr. Michael Beasley, TurneyDr. Greg Fine, HigginsvilleMr. Frank Haase, BallwinDr. Daniel Hite, MemphisRev. John Wilkins, Oronogo

Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

2017 Missouri Baptist Children's Home Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell L. Martin MBA, CFP® President EmeritusDr. Raymond R. Kenison Vice President, Public RelationsRev. Derald L. Harris M.A. Human Resources DirectorMr. Tim Toma Spiritual Life DirectorRev. George Fulgham Director of Web Development and Computer ServicesMr. John Jost Accounting Services DirectorMr. Andy Helton Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardDr. Greg Morrow, California Vice Chairman of the BoardMr....

The LIGHT House

2017 The LIGHT House Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell Martin MBA, CFP® Program Director Mrs. Julie Ball MSW, LCSW Board of Trustees Board ChairMrs. Cara Peoples, Richmond Recording SecretaryMrs. Linda Logue, Archie Mrs. Beverly Corum, KearneyMr. Russell Martin, St. CharlesMr. David Patterson, RaytownRev. Ronald Robinson, Van Buren  

MBCH Properties

Find Us Around the State

Missouri Baptist Children's Home provides ministries of Hope and Restoration throughout the state of Missouri through regional campuses in Bridgeton, Mt. Vernon, and Peculiar. Regional offices are maintained in Bridgeton, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City and Springfield to provide the support needed by hundreds of foster families and children. Volunteers are always welcome...

Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

You Can Make a Difference Through Volunteering

Thank you for visiting our Volunteers page! Volunteers are an important part of the work we do at Missouri Baptist Children's Home and affiliated corporations. The objectives of the Volunteer Program are to: a) ensure needed services for our clients, staff and campuses are effectively delivered through a volunteer extension of our...
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Annual Report

2016 IRS 990 Forms

The following tax forms are provided for public viewing. Missouri Baptist Children's Home MBCH Children and Family Ministries MBCH Foundation MBCH Properties The LIGHT House

Leadership

2017 Missouri Baptist Children's Home Leadership

Administration President and TreasurerMr. Russell L. Martin MBA, CFP® President EmeritusDr. Raymond R. Kenison Vice President, Public RelationsRev. Derald L. Harris M.A. Human Resources DirectorMr. Tim Toma Spiritual Life DirectorRev. George Fulgham Director of Web Development and Computer ServicesMr. John Jost Accounting Services DirectorMr. Andy Helton Board of Trustees Chairman of the BoardDr. Greg Morrow, California Vice Chairman of the BoardMr....

Our Ministry Locations

Find Us Around the State

Missouri Baptist Children's Home provides ministries of Hope and Restoration throughout the state of Missouri through regional campuses in Bridgeton, Mt. Vernon, and Peculiar. Regional offices are maintained in Bridgeton, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City and Springfield to provide the support needed by hundreds of foster families and children. Volunteers are always welcome...

Who We Are

The Story of Us

Missouri Baptist Children's Home was founded upon a dream of Mrs. Joseph B. Thompson in 1882. Mrs. Thompson saw a vital need in the rapidly developing city of St. Louis, for a place to house orphaned children and infants when they had no place to go.A member of the Ladies' Sewing...
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Adoption

Children Available for Adoption

There are hundreds of foster children in Missouri who are waiting for a forever family. The photos listed on this page are some of those whose care is managed by MBCH Children and Family Ministries. For more information about the children listed as available on this website, please contact our INTAKE...

Foster Care

There Are Many Types of Foster Care

Foster Care provides a temporary home for children who are unable to live in their biological parent's home. Foster parents provide a safe home and place for children to heal until they are either reunited with their birth family or an adoptive home is found. Family Foster Care Parents provide care for...

Foster Care

Transitional Living Program

With little or no family support system, young people who are aging out of the foster care system are at significant risk of failing to become independent, successful adults. The MBCH Children and Family Ministries Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16-21 to...

Human Trafficking Rescue

MBCH Provides support for those trapped in Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking profits from enslaving people for sexual servitude and forced labor world-wide.  Consider the following statistics: There are 100,000 to 300,000 underage girls being sold for sex in America. The average age of American victims is 12-14 years old. 1 out of every 3 teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution...

Informational Meetings

Christian Foster Homes Needed in Missouri

MBCH Children and Family Ministries unique ministry is to provide Christian foster parents for children who have been abused and neglected.  Christian foster parents have a wonderful opportunity to share their homes, their lives, and the love of Christ with foster children and their families.  Our mission is to make a...

Services

Support For Unplanned Pregnancy

If you or someone you know has just learned of an unplanned pregnancy, there may be feelings of fear, confusion and concern about the future.Having a baby can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. An untimely pregnancy affects the individual in every aspect of life.At MBCH Children and Family...
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Planned Giving

Christian Stewardship Seminars

MBCH Foundation staff conduct Christian Stewardship Seminars for churches, community and/or civic groups. The seminar is presented at no cost or obligation to the organization or individuals who attend. These seminars focus on basic principles of Christian stewardship as well as ways to plan your estate so you can 1) increase your current income,...

Planned Giving

Planned Giving Opportunities

You can include Missouri Baptist Children's Home in the final distribution of your estate to help the hurting and abused children in our care. In this way, your life continues to have a positive influence long after your in Heaven! Future generations of children, youth and families will benefit from the compassion and generosity of...

Show Your Support

Campus Needs

Countless churches, mission groups and organizations have collected needed items to benefit the children served by the programs of MBCH Children and Family Ministries. Individuals also routinely donate items directly to the Children’s Home. In order to facilitate the collection and distribution of the needed items, MBCH has established the "Campus Store"...
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Adoption Program

Full Service Adoption

The LIGHT House is a full service adoption agency licensed in the State of Missouri.  Since 1985, our experienced staff has facilitated hundreds of successful adoptions.  We help connect expectant mothers, who will be delivering or have delivered their babies in Missouri, with prospective Christian adoptive families who may live throughout...

Maternity Home

The LIGHT House Maternity Home

For young pregnant ladies aged 12 - 21 who need a safe place to stay while pregnant, we offer full residential services. All residential services are provided free of charge. The residential services are provided in a wonderful large home that is clean, beautifully furnished, and private. Our staff provides a loving...

Ways You Can Support Our Ministry

The LIGHT House Needs Your Financial Support

The LIGHT House is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.The Light House has been providing services to the Kansas City area since 1985. We have been blessed in the recent years with your gifts of service and resources. We cannot operate...

Ways You Can Support Our Ministry

You Can Be the Hands and Feet Through Volunteer Opportunities

We view our volunteers as an extension of our staff. Because of this, we ask volunteers to go through a process similar to that of new employees. We ask that you complete an application, which includes references, complete a background check, and go through an orientation process. The information needed is...
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Events

2018 Trust God in Everything Conference

Register now for TGE 2018 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5: 22-23   An event unlike any other offered anywhere around is the TGE Event! This is an opportunity unlike any other where girls...

Speakers & Leadership

Speakers and Leadership

SpeakersWe have a list of excellent women’s ministry speakers that are ready to come to your church, and they’re all from right here in Missouri. Take a look at the list of speakers to find the right speaker for your next women’s ministry event.Download a List of SpeakersLeadershipView a State District...
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