Why we started The Ranch of Hope Counseling Center

In 2002 Hope and I asked each other this question, “Where can we as Christian Counselors refer someone if we knew they were in significant trouble and traditional one hour counseling was not enough?

The choices were very limited, very costly, often only for groups, or only for Pastors, or completely secular in nature. Slowly over the next two years the Lord begin to instruct us in the concept of a 5-day Christ Centered Intensive. We prepared our hearts, learned from the best in this field of ministry, and searched the country for a beautiful, year round accessible private retreat style setting to begin this ministry.

Utilizing Biblical based, Spirit filled methods, The Ranch of Hope Counseling Center was born in November of 2004. We now have 3 Counselors, a Life Coach, and have reached thousands of people from across America and the World. Twenty percent of our clients present to us internationally.

We have kept true to the vision of allowing the Lord to “heal the brokenhearted and setting those who have been held captive free”.  With our eye on the future yet our heart focused on each client, couple, or family we are here for you or for someone you know who is hurting.

Give Hope a call, we can help through the power of Jesus Christ! David Taylor, President, Co-Founder, The Ranch of Hope Counseling Center.

Partner With Us

We are able to serve our clients at substantially less cost than other counseling centers (usually less than half) due to the generous donations of our former clients, partnering churches, and friends like you. Would you consider partnering with us today to help heal a family in crisis. The Ranch of Hope Counseling Center is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 Charitable Organization.

The Right People In The Right Jobs

At the Ranch of Hope Counseling we believe in the importance of trust and being comfortable with your counselor, for that reason we offer you the opportunity to have a 10 minute phone conversation with the counselor you would work with prior to committing to our intensives.

Dave Taylor
Dave TaylorPresident

Dave Taylor, M.S. is the President of the Ranch of Hope Counseling, as well as, one of the Primary counselors.

Dave holds a Masters in Psychology and has over 20 years of counseling experience. Dave is proud to say that he received the Institute of Pastoral Counseling, 3 year certificate of Completion through Emerge Ministries, Akron, Ohio where he studied under Dr. Richard Dobbins and Don Lichi, PhD for over 8 years. Dave has continued his counseling education under John Regier, Caring for the Heart Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO. Dave specializes in the week long intensives and helped pioneer this field. Dave is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Dave is an Ordained Minister, serving as a U.S. Home Missionary, Chaplaincy Department, Pastoral Care in the Mental Health Division.

Dave served for 13 years in a Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Hospital as Chaplain and Volunteer and Pastoral Coordinator. Dave was the Founding Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Committee and served in this capacity for 10 years. Dave set regional records of participation as Volunteer Coordinator at two Rehabilitation Hospitals in PA., where, under his leadership, the program grew from 5 Volunteers and 600 hrs per year to sustained growth of 150 volunteers and over 12,000 volunteer hours. Dave is a sought after speaker from as diversified an audience as Churches, Prisons, Universities, High Schools, Rotary’s, Case Management, Hospitals & Marriage Retreats. Dave has served on and coordinated many Mission Trips including; Russia, Operation Serve 1992, 8 days after the fall of Communism, to state side, Commission trips, assisting thirteen New Church Plantings and Church Growth Projects in PA, NY & CO. Dave brings to the Ranch of Hope over 25 years of ministerial experience in the community he served.

Dave is a lover of his wife and family, 3 adult children and 9 grand kids. Dave is an avid horseman. He loves to hunt, fish, climb, or will try any sport . . . twice. Dave thrives with honest, candid, open conversation. “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength” “Expect the best, hope the best and believe for the best in others’. Dave’s contagious enthusiasm for the Lord is exhilarating and dynamically encouraging.

Dave is kind, caring and encouraging. His method of counseling is based on empowering the client to self-discovery of the concerns or issues of the clients life, identifying and caring for each area of concern and bring the client to a healthy resolve, for a more joyful and harmonious life. Often couples that call back state that romance, intimacy and healthy communication have been restored in their marriages. Men and women alike find Dave easy and comfortable to connect with. When a man makes a commitment to come to counseling, the women’s respect for this decision sets the couple up for success. Men “get” Dave.

Give Dave a call and see if The Ranch of Hope could be for you.

Hope Taylor
Hope TaylorCo-Founder

Hope Taylor B.S. is the Founder of the Ranch of Hope Counseling and Primary Women’s Group Counselor

Hope has been a Counselor since 1989, with 30 years experience. She graduated with honors from State University of New York, at Fredonia with a BA in Psychology as well as a minor in Communication. She then continued her education through a three year certificate program of Pastoral Counseling at Emerge Ministries under Richard Dobbins. She then pursued her Master’s in Counseling through Liberty University. She began There’s Hope Christian Counseling in 1990 which grew to a tri-state counseling ministry.

With offices in NY; as well as, PA., Hope was a very sought after Counselor who specialized in adult sexual abuse victims and dysfunctional families. In 2004 Hope closed down There’s Hope Christian Counseling and with her husband, David, moved to Westcliffe, CO to create The Ranch of Hope Counseling.

Hope is the mother of 3 adult children and the proud mother-in-law of each of their chosen mates, as well as the grandmother of 9 adorable grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren whom are her pride and joy. Hope loves fast horseback riding on their gaited Spotted Saddle Horses. Hope enjoys walking and mountain hiking. She loves relaxing in the hot tub at night with David and marveling at the magnificent starry skies that are so vivid in Colorado. Her favorite pastime is using her wet saw to cut rocks and tile to create beauty in their home and The Ranch of Hope.

Currently Hope is using the knowledge gained over 30 years of counseling to match our clients to the counselor that will be the best fit for them. Hope enjoys facilitating Women’s Groups, with a specialty with Women recovering from concerns of codependency and Women who have suffered abuse growing up. Hope also is gifted at teaching and training in one and two day seminars, nationwide.

You will find Hopes friendly voice as Client Coordinator of the Ranch of Hope Counseling. Feel free to give us a call. We are here for you.

Mariah Bradford
Mariah BradfordCounselor

Mariah Bradford serves at the Ranch of Hope as one of the primary counselors. She carries a degree in Counseling from Southwestern Assemblies of God University graduating with Honors. Mariah became a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God Fellowship in 2011, and served in various positions at Freedom Fellowship International in Waxahachie, TX including Children’s Pastor and Youth Pastor. She has also attended “Caring for the Heart Ministry” under the training of John Regier. She has been involved in the Ranch of Hope as a board member since its inception in 2004, and has prayerfully helped to cultivate an atmosphere that fosters healing while bringing people to the feet of Jesus. Mariah has had the privilege of working for Early Childhood Intervention for the past 13 years as an Early Intervention Specialist. Throughout this season she has spent time teaching, coaching, and empowering families with children who have developmental concerns to be successful through those difficult moments. While at ECI Mariah was afforded the opportunity to work closely with foster families, blended families, adoptions, and families working through different parenting challenges. Over the 13 years at ECI, Mariah was able to attend over one thousand hours of training in many different disciplines related to development, trauma, families, and children. The focus of her heart has been and will continue to be to lead others closer to the heart of Jesus, to restore what the enemy has tried to take, and to help others break free from the lies of the enemy. Mariah has been married since 2003 to her best friend Brandon and has 3 boys they are raising to be great men of God.

Brandon Bradford
Brandon BradfordLife & Leadership Coach

Brandon Bradford is a Certified Professional Life Coach and serves at the Ranch of Hope as the primary Life & Leadership Coach. A third generation minister of the gospel, Brandon has served in many different ministry roles since 1999. Brandon and his wife Mariah met while attending SAGU in Waxahachie, TX. They were married in 2003 and made Waxahachie there home. They began attending Freedom Fellowship International under Pastor’s John and Shelli Bates and became an active part of the vision and community there. While at Freedom they served in various roles from small group leaders, worship team, Children’s Pastors, and in December of 2010 became the Youth Pastors. Brandon has also attended “Caring for the Heart Ministry” and received training under John Regier. He has been involved in the Ranch of Hope since its inception in 2004, and has prayerfully helped to cultivate an atmosphere that fosters healing while bringing people to the feet of Jesus. Brandon also spent 10 years working in the gas and oil field with 7 of those years serving as an Operations Manager for Renovar Energy Corp. In 2013 Brandon found himself at a crossroads. Struggling to maintain the balance between his family, career, and ministry he found himself in crisis and very near burnout. With the support of his Pastors, and the guidance of a wonderful Christian Counselor he began to reevaluate the things in his life. He found balance, and began to thrive once again. Realizing the significance of this season and how the outcome could have been very different, Brandon began to ask the Lord how his own experience could benefit others. One day the Lord spoke the words “Life Coach” to Brandon, and the seed of a new vision was planted. Brandon has had the privilege of working with leadership from all over the world in both ministry and business. This experience has helped him gain a unique perspective of what it means to be a leader. He is passionate about helping others find their identity and purpose in Christ, and equipping them with the tools to be successful in ministry or business, while maintaining a healthy family life!

Julie McClain
Julie McClainLife Coach

Julie McClain is a Certified Professional Life Coach and the newest member of the Ranch of Hope team. She earned her certification through Light University. Julie was born and raised in Denver and earned her B.A. in Human Communication and a minor in Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado.
For more than 25 years, Julie has served in Christian Camping, facilitating the ministry to the staff and young adults. Decades of camp and church ministry have fueled her passion for walking alongside teens and young adults by mentoring them in their own walks with Christ.
In almost every chapter of her life, Julie has had the privilege to serve the local church by both volunteering and in professional roles in Student (youth), Children’s, and Women’s Ministries. As a professional Life Coach, Julie has decades of experience encouraging, supporting, and coaching others by coming alongside those who are looking to grow and intentionally move forward in whatever season they currently live.
Julie has a life-long and extraordinary gift and ability to connect with and care for people. Her passion is knowing and loving Jesus and her calling is to help others know the ‘Life in the Full’, as He said He came to bring (John 10:10).
Julie and her husband Doug have been married since 1995 and have two grown children whom they love cheering on as they make their own way in the world. Julie and Doug love living close to extended family and seek to never take for granted the extraordinary place they live. Gardening, walking/hiking, pickle-ball, travel, and their dogs Reagan and Duggar are some of Julie’s favorite things.
In recent years, as her kids grew up & launched into their adult lives, she found increased availability, capacity, and flexibility for the next chapter in her life. Julie has been thrilled to see God unfold the plan of growing her and increasing the opportunities to come alongside others as she has stepped into Professional Christian Life Coaching.

Our Board Members

The Ranch of Hope Counseling is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 Charitable Organization. We are able to serve our clients at substantially less than costs due to the generous donations of our Board and Advisory, Churches, former Clients and friends like you. Consider donating today and partnering with us.

Ranch of Hope Board Members:

David Taylor, (President/Co-Founder) Westcliffe, CO
Rev. Gordy Locke, (Vice President) Pastor, United Methodist Church, TN
Rev. Randy Rhoads, (Treasurer) Cerran Enterprise, Mechanicsburg, PA
Lydia Bailey, (Secretary) Program Director -Navarro County Children’s Advocacy Center, Corsicana, TX
Mark Kostoff, Tru- Craft Electric,  Louisville, CO
Michael Moore, Pastor, Church and Leadership Consultant, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jack Risner, Executive Director of Church Relations, Convoy of Hope, Springfield, MO

Ranch of Hope Advisory Council Members:

Larry Kettle, Pastor, Grand Junction, CO
Dave Roever, Evangelist, Eagles Summit Ranch, Westcliffe, CO
Bob Rufe, VP West Region A/G Financial Solutions, Planned Giving & Investment Solutions- retired, Woodland Park, CO
Jerry Cafardi, Teacher, Deacon, Erie, PA
Mariah Bradford, Counselor, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, Westcliffe, CO