WELCOME TO BROKEN WING RANCH MINISTRIES!
About Us and Our Mission
Our purpose is to use our love, strength, and faith to inspire and teach people to live to their highest purpose in who they are in Christ. We strive to provide a safe and caring atmosphere where both youth and families are loved and ministered to on an individual basis. To teach the youth leadership, social, and daily life skills in the hope that they will gain respect for themselves, their families, and their communities with outdoor activities and working closely with animals. We desire to assist women in reaching for their higher purpose in life through horse therapy, paint therapy, higher purpose workshops, and Bible studies.
Our mission is to minister both socially and spiritually to the youth and families of the surrounding communities while creating hope for their future.
Our 4 Pillars
Mentorship for children – The Bible says, “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6. We believe all children need someone to tell them they are loved and accepted. We want to foster children’s imaginations of what could be possible in their lives. We want to give them the unconditional love that only comes from our Lord, Jesus Christ. We want to encourage them to learn new skills of working primarily with horses to gain confidence and heal their broken hearts. Our sessions are one child, one horse, and one leader. Any child healthy and/or broken is welcome because we feel that all children can benefit from love and acceptance. Youth 8-18 will be candidates to be riders. Younger children will start with other fun activities, being our helpers, and building skills to become riders when they get older.
Faith in Jesus Christ – Everything we do is through our faith in Jesus Christ. We are building this mission through our love of God and the great commission. We want to serve the community in what we are strongest in: our love of God, love of family, love of community, and love for horses and our way of life. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
Hope for the family – We believe that if we can help empower a family to become stronger we will, therefore, change the world. Only God can change a heart, but we can love the family, point them in positive directions and be a positive supportive environment. Our Christ-centered activities foster a positive environment and personal growth.
Empowering women – There is a lot of brokenness in the lives of women. We are working hard to build our women’s ministry because it is something our hearts have called us to do. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3 Our ministry will soon be expanding to host 3 to 5-day women’s retreats. We are waiting on God’s timing for the building of the event center and overnight bungalows enabling us to get this started. We plan on hosting these retreats with activities including Bible studies, horseback riding, high purpose workshops, and paint therapy.
Karen was a trauma nurse for many years. “I would see the tragedy of kids getting wrapped up in the brokenness of this world. By the time I was intervening in the life of that child, it was a life and death struggle to save them, sometimes to suicide attempts, gang violence, car accidents from drinking and driving or texting, fights, and various other tragedies. I felt God calling me to do something different. I had it placed on my heart to start a horse ministry for women and children.” “for we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7. “I have always loved Christ and He has always been a part of my life. I want to give that love to those kids around me and make a difference in their lives by bringing them into my world of love, hope, peace, horses, & ranching.”
Richard and Karen both stated, “There is nothing more therapeutic than being around or riding a horse. They can feel your emotions and have such a healing spirit. Therefore, the reason behind starting this kind of ministry. Horses have been long-standing in having that healing touch and have been used in all kinds of ministry. They also mirror our walk with God. Sometimes we think we are in control when we are not, it is a partnership, it is relational. It is humbling galloping across the field, you can feel the sheer power of them moving underneath of you. It is amazing that they allow you to be part of themselves and they listen to your subtle cues. If you let them show you their power and trust them… amazing things can happen as well as with God.”
Richard and Karen have had a love of Christ and ranching their whole lives. They both grew up on ranches and have six grown children, three of whom are married, and one grandchild with the hopes of many more.
Our Board Members
President of Broken Wing Ranch Ministries
Karen was born and raise on a ranch in Western Kansas. She has strong family roots and is extremely close to her family and is currently involved in farming/ranching. She is a 1989 graduate of Wichita County High School. Her first degree was in Floral Design and Greenhouse Management through Dodge City Community College.
She worked as a florist for many years until she went back to school and graduated with a nursing degree at Butler Co. Community College in 2006. Karen then worked as a Trauma Resource Nurse at Stormont Vail Healthcare in the Emergency Department and the Trauma Critical Care for over 11 years.
Karen also has her instructor certification from the Emergency Nurses Association and American Heart Association and assisted the Education Department teaching trauma and pediatric emergency care to other Stormont Vail employees and surrounding hospital staff. Prior to that she worked at Herington Hospital in the Emergency Department. She also obtained her certification in Emergency Nursing in 2011.
Karen retired from her nursing position at Stormont Vail in March of 2018 because of a call on her heart to go into full-time ministry. It also has been a long-time dream of hers to start Broken Wing Ranch Ministries. Karen has always had a heart for God. She has served on the Medical team at her local church developing emergency protocols for security staff and the medical team. Richard and Karen currently have a little girl through the compassion project that they sponsor in Indonesia. Karen is married to her heart and soul Richard Carr. She enjoys their children and their granddaughter.
She loves kids and always wants them around her. Karen’s favorite things are spending time with her family making family dinners, horseback riding, training her horses and spending time with friends and traveling. Karen believes, “Family is the center of a child’s world. If you create a healthy center… your world is beautiful!”
Representing Carr Cattle Company interests
Richard was born and raised on the family ranch and has lived here his whole life except while attending college. He attended Coffeeville Community College and he received a Farm and Ranch Management Degree.
He started to work off the family ranch in the 1980’s when it was difficult to raise a family of an agriculture income. Richard has been a mason for over 40 years. He apprenticed as a mason and then began Carr Construction to which he owns/operates still today.
He still works on the ranch during busy times helping work cattle, burning pasture, spraying, putting up hay, and helping do construction on the ranch. Richard met and married the love of his life Karen Pryor. He is a strong family man and has coached many of the kids’ sports teams while they were growing up. His entire life Richard has had a heart for God.
He has served as Elder in the past and loves attending Sunday Service. Starting Broken Wing Ranch Ministries has been a long-time goal and dream of his. One of his favorite memories is having the kids come out from the Junction City school district for Agricultural day. He said, “I loved how they interacted with all the animals. Their eyes just lit up and they didn’t want to leave.” Richard loves spending time with his wife and family, riding horses, watching rodeo’s, and now building this ministry.
Angela Gamber is the Administrative Director of Emergency, Trauma and Surgical Services at Stormont Vail Health where she provides strong leadership for the staff, supports the direction and vision of the organization, manages program development and ensures patient and employee satisfaction.
Angela’s perspective as an Administrative Director is grounded in hands-on experience as an RN as she began her career in the medical field with Stormont Vail in 1991 promoting through various leadership roles into her current position in 2007. She received her BSN from Washburn University and her Master’s in Business from Baker University. Angela is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband of 32 years and her family.
Kevin is a 1988 graduate of Wichita County High school. During that time, he participated in youth rodeo and got a rodeo scholarship to Pratt Community College and graduated with an Applied Science degree. After college in 1992 Kevin married the love of his life Teresa Nickelson and they currently have five children and four grandchildren. He owns and operates a cow/calf ranch in western Kansas where he runs around 130 head. Kevin is a distributor for Alliance Liquid Feeds which provides cattle supplement to area ranchers. In 2006, while attending a Walk to Emmaus, Kevin gave his life to Christ when he was 36 years old. Since then he has been involved in the Walk to Emmaus and has taken the Lay Servant/Speaking courses and has served on many committees within his local church. Having a strong heart for Christ, in 2014 Kevin began a new journey of serving when he was blessed to be called into ministry by doing Lay Speaking and sermons at various local churches through the Wichita County community and surrounding area. Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, ranching, ministering, and fishing at their retreat at the lake. God is Good… All the time! Isaiah 25:1
Ron & Lynn Anderson
Ron and Lynn Anderson have lived on Ridge Rd since 2005 where her Great Grandfather John Ebbutt homesteaded in the 1880’s. Ron retired as a communication specialist for the Kansas Highway Patrol and KDOT in 2005. He completely took on a new career in ranching, having never worked with cattle, tractors, or hay in his life. He has worked closely with horses since growing up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and has been natural to his new career. Lynn is a retired nurse and was born and raised one-half mile from where they currently live. She has worked mainly in public health and school nursing. Lynn loves to ride and work outside.
Dr. Kyle Garrison
Dr. Garrison is a lifelong Kansan. He was born in Emporia Kansas and has lived most of his life around Kansas City. He has graduated from Emporia State and Pittsburg State. He was accepted into medical school at Kansas City Osteopathic Medical School which he graduated in 1986. He did his residency in Family Medicine at University of Kansas Medical Center finishing the program in 1989. During his 30 plus years as a physician has practiced medicine in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities. Dr. Garrison has been Medical Director and CEO of a Community Health Center providing medical care for the indigent and Non-English-Speaking immigrants in Kansas City Kansas. Dr Garrison developed and implemented the first free standing Urgent Care Facility in Kansas City Kansas at Heartland Primary Care since 2007. Dr. Garrison has been a physician at Stormont Vail Medical Center in Topeka Kansas as an Emergency Room and Urgent Care physician. A Military Veteran, Dr. Garrison served 29 years: 17 in the Army and 12 in the Air Force. He retired as a Colonel in 2012 from the 190th ARW, Forbes Field Topeka Kansas where he was Chief of Professional Services for the Medical Group and Flight Surgeon. His deployments for the military have taken him around the world where at times he provided medical care in austere conditions. His deployments include the countries of Armenia, Guam, Korea, El Salvador, Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Dr. Garrison is married to the love of his life Ingrid they have two daughters Kahlan and Kiera. He has a son Kyle Dean Garrison the II. Dr. Garrison considers his children as his greatest blessings and accomplishments. Dr. Garrison and a strong believer in the Christian faith. His Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ and considers his Great Grandmother and Grandmother to be the biggest influences on his faith as a child and as an adult.
Steven D. Fisher
Steven D. Fisher is a native Southwest Kansan, born and raised in Meade County to a third generation of agriculture producers. He grew up raising cattle, hogs, horses and driving the tractor in the summers. His active years in 4-H encouraged his enrollment at K-State where he graduated with a BS in Animal Sciences in 1971. He served as the County Extension Agricultural Agent in Rawlins and Ness Counties before returning to KSU in 1976 to complete a MS in Adult Education and then served as State 4-H Youth Development Specialist, retiring in 2003 as Emeritus Professor. Steve was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2013 and named one of 8 Distinguished Kansans of the year 2013 by the Topeka Capital Journal. He remains an active community volunteer in Manhattan, serving as Elder in his church and on mission trips to Haiti, Guinea, Mexico; Friends of McCain Board; KSU Alumni; singing in community chorus; and providing senior transport for the Flint Hills Volunteer Center.
He and his wife Karla have three married daughters and 9 grandchildren.
Professional honors and affiliations include two terms on the Faculty Senate at KSU; Collegiate 4-H Advisor; acting Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development Program; Alpha Zeta; Gama Sigma Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; Epsilon Sigma Phi, Extension Honorary—President, Meritorious Service award, Distinguished Service award. Life Member, Kansas and National 4-H Agents Association. Life Member, Kansas 4-H Volunteer Association. Builder Award from the Director of K-State Research & Extension. Charter member, past President of Kansas Foundation for Ag in the Classroom.
OUR ‘COUNSELORS’ AKA THE HERD
Bullseye is one of the popular fellows here at the ranch. He has a quiet personality and is up for anything. He is also super sweet and loving. He is our only horse here at the ranch that has a mustache which makes him the subject of many of the rainy day art paintings. The kids absolutely love him.
Butch is the biggest confidence builder for our kiddos here at the ranch and is the most popular. He has a bubbling personality and is quite the character. He is a sweet pony that was donated to the Ministry by Phillip & Tammy Mobley who own 5M Cattle Company. He is around 12 years old and has quite a personality as seen by his shades. He is more like a puppy than a pony. If we were having a personality contest he would win by a landslide.
Duke is another who loves the kiddo’s. He is from the JAK ranch originally although we have had him for years. He primary job is ranch hand but he has filled in with a couple of sessions with very popular approval. He is another one who loves the attention and the apple treats. He is for our more experienced riders. He is not the smoothest on his gaits to be able to teach new riders to keep their seat but he is great for teaching to post.
Grey is our ranch welcoming committee. He is a true gentleman and always the greeter at the gate. We have had this teddy bear for 6 years. He is what we call a pocket pony. This gentle giant is always looking for love and attention. What he lacks in motivation he makes up for in the size of his heart. The most ambitious he gets is trying to frisk the kiddo’s for apple treats. He is a biggest bundle of love and is spoiled rotten by our kiddos. His heart can warm the most broken and fragile of souls.
Kate is a half sister to Lena. She is also back from the trainer and getting some miles put on her. She has a personality like Grey in which her main objective is love and attention. She is also used for assisted learning sessions and demonstrations. I am looking forward to her future role in the program as the kids are just drawn to her. This little beauty would win the sweetheart competition and doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.
Lena is one of our blue roan beauties. She has been to training and has been returned to the ranch to get some miles put on her. She has such a loving spirit. I look forward to seeing how she will grow in the program. She is used at this time in assisted learning sessions and demonstrations. She is 4 as of 2020. She is also very popular among the kiddos with her big heart.
Max has been with us since the day he was born. He is my “Eeyore” since he always looks pouty and gloomy but don’t let his pouty exterior fool you. Max is so loveable he is one of the favorites here on the ranch especially with the older kiddo’s who are not intimidated by his size. He is a rock-solid horse on the ministry team and has been my counselor and baby for over 19 years.
Meg is a sweet little filly we got from Nick Allen & Bar X3 Ranch. She is a year old this March of 2019. She has been bitten by the love bug and will follow you around anywhere. She loves her apple treats and scratches all over. I can’t wait to see what she will turn into under saddle. She is already getting stout and has the best personality. She will make quite the partner in crime. She will be a part of our breeding program when she gets a lot older.
This little paint horse loves to race and loves to work cattle. He is truly our energizer bunny. He is great with kids and is such fun to have here at the ranch. We have had Smoke for years and got him from a rescue situation. He was my son’s horse for years while he was growing. He has a former career in rodeo and is a good roping horse.
Harley is the Ranch supervisor. She likes watching the goings on from the comfort of her dog bed and the air conditioning. She is a new puppy we got this spring. Her outdoor activities include barking at the cats, catching lizards, tormenting momma chicken, and playing in the duck pond.
Tyson, aka Clark, aka Nugget is our Ranch Forman and head of security. This sweet rescue puppy was skin and bones when he came to us several years ago. Now he spends his days exploring the creeks and holding down the couch in the horse barn. He also has his own office chair in the shop.