About Us

Our vision

Just as the Lord took time away from ministry, Cleft of the Rock Ranch provides a place of solitude for missionaries experiencing the day-to-day pressures of ministry. Ministry fatalities often occur as missionaries face crisis, burnout, transition, conflict, disillusionment, and loss of vision; often because their needs are overlooked and neglected by themselves and others. Cleft of the Rock Ranch exists to facilitate rest and healing so they can return to or continue in effective ministry.

Who we are

Mindy and I (Tony) met in the Air Force in December 1989, we married on March 30, 1990, and have three adult sons. After many years traveling the world and serving our country, we have settled down in Central Arkansas where Cleft of the Rock Ranch is located on 59 secluded acres. We are long-standing members of First Baptist Church in Vilonia where I serve as a deacon and we both serve as youth leaders, teaching Sunday School and small groups on Wednesday nights. 


What we have

Our home, aka The Hospitality House, is large and spacious enough to house missionary families, serving as a gathering place for meals and fellowship.

The Hospitality House accommodations consist of 3 private bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms on the main floor. Two of these bedrooms have queen beds and there are two twin trundle beds in the third. The loft has wonderful sleeping nooks: one queen bed nook and a bunk bed nook (full on bottom and twin on top). The library window seat also converts to a twin bed for extra sleeping space or just lounging with a good book. A half bath is also in the loft area. Overall, the Hospitality House can comfortably accommodate most families, large or small.

You can also book our Little Big House, tiny on the outside but spacious inside. The Little Big House is a fully furnished one bedroom, one bath bungalow with an open kitchen layout. The futon in the living room provides an extra sleeping option. The Little Big House is perfect for small families of 3 or less.

In addition to providing a place of rest, we have developed a network to provide Christian counseling for family, marriage, trauma, pastoral care, or transition to secular employment for those leaving the ministry. All of this is offered free of charge to the missionaries, paid for by Cleft of the Rock Ranch through donations.

In His Service,
Tony and Mindy

Missionary Testimonials

Scott Hudgins
Manna Worldwide
Director - Cross Cultural Training & Mobilization

“When Tony and Mindy shared their vision with us, we immediately said, 'We’ll be your first guests!'  After nineteen years as missionaries and plenty of transitions coming back to the States for furlough, we would jump at the opportunity to get away to a place where we could rest and regroup as a family, recharge spiritual batteries, and prepare for the road. Specifically, after year six, God was completely transforming our ministry. We were dealing with questions and doubts while at the same time having to answer the questions of supporting churches and pastors. We needed a place where we could have dedicated the time necessary for reflection and planning, but if such a ministry existed back then, we were unaware of it. What Tony and Mindy are offering to missionaries is essential for their families and ministries.” 

Brian Garrison
Baptist Bible Fellowship International
Associate Mission Director

“While we were missionaries in Peru we sure could have used something like Cleft of the Rock Ranch.  An out of the way refuge nestled in God’s wonderful creation…the perfect combination for missionaries who need to rest and recharge.  I’m so excited about the many doors of ministry opportunities this will open for the staff of COTR to pour into the lives of missionaries. Tony and Mindy are dear friends who ministered to my family in our times of great need.  I know they will do the same for all who pass through COTR.  May God bless this ministry!”