Staff & Associates
The woman of Bethesda have become warriors for change in the fight against the Troubled Teen Industry.
Sam & Deborah Gerhardt
Debby Gerhardt is the daughter of Bethesda owners, Betty (Graves) and Bob Wills. Sam and Deborah married on December 20th, 1975
Samuel Gerhardt studied at Tennessee Temple University and at Carolina University of Theology. He is currently working at Bible Believer’s Cowboy Ministries in Big South Fork, TN.
Sam became the face of the Wills’ operations, by 2002 he was an administrator of the Mountain Park Baptist Church and Boarding Academy and was the secretary of the Missouri Association of Christian Child Care Agencies.Religious Boarding School Regulation in MO 10 Feb 2002, Sun The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri) Newspapers.com Mountain Park Wills 18 Nov 2002, Mon St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) Newspapers.com Palm Lane Closing 31 May 2004, Mon The Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida) Newspapers.com
Cristi Linn LippertMarriage 30 Oct 1983, Sun Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) Newspapers.com
Cristi Linn Lippert married Robert O’Briant on the steps of the Bethesda Home dorms. She followed the Wills and Gerhardts to Missouri and worked at Mountain Park Academy, and later Palm Lane Academy in Florida.
Now, Cristi is Cristi Linn Wilson and resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is married to David Wilson.
Elizabeth SamfordCristi O’Briant and Elizabeth Samford 29 Mar 1987, Sun Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) Newspapers.com
Elizabeth Samford Prye has worked at Jubilee Home for Ladies in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as the Bethesda Home for Girls in Mississippi. She has returned to live in Texas.