Serving since 2009
The FIT Ministry program starts first and foremost with the word of God. We believe it is the basis and source of all truth. To be upfront and honest, there is a ton of work in and around the Bible that each of the men in the program are required to do. This includes, but is not limited to memorization, study, reading, devotions, etc. Our philosophy comes from what the Bible says- “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
Local Church Based
The FIT program is unapologetically affiliated with a local, New Testament, Fundamental, Independent, Bible-believing, Baptist Church. The men will have an active and faithful involvement in carefully-selected areas of ministry in the Central Valley Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Parry L Dalzell. 100% church attendance is a requirement for the completion of the FIT Ministry program.
When one enters the FIT Ministry, he is entering a program that includes a daily, agenda that is a rigorous, hearty, and busy. That schedule is wide-ranging and consistently task orientated. The daily activities include morning devotions, daily work (landscaping), ministries, church, property maintenance, classes, and occasional recreation. The busy schedule truly assists recovery and overcoming stubborn mental obstacles.
We believe a close relationship with God is the key to a strong, clean, decent Christian life. The FIT Ministry has within its structure, a strong and helpful discipleship program. We believe Salvation is the most important decision in a person’s life and, we believe that growing close to the Lord, through His word and Bible teaching is of the utmost necessity. Many times a week, the men hear and learn from experienced Bible teachers.
Every week, the men in the FIT program attend “classroom” type sessions all focused on teaching Bible principles to combat addictions. The main weekly class meets Monday nights at the Freedom Ranch property. In these classes, there is an outpouring of teaching on Bible truths and principles that the men can take and apply for a lifetime. The class is open to visitors, or anyone who would like to check it out.
Within the program of the FIT Ministry are layers of extensive accountability. While most seem to shy away from that word in the day in which we live, it remains a proven help to anyone battling an addictive problem. Accountability is applied to devotions, work, church attendance, service, and many other areas. With these many realms of accountability, the road to true recovery for the men in the program is greatly aided.
Parry L. Dalzell
The Freedom Ranch today continues to minister to those in need of help, who are dealing with addiction and social issues that accompany that life of bondage. The director, Pastor Parry L Dalzell, was ordained in 1998 and has been in full time ministry serving as a church planter. He has had the privilege to see two ministries begin and now has the great privilege of serving the Savior in this recovery ministry.
Married for 42 years with 2 sons and 4 grandsons, he has been a trophy of God’s grace for many years. Pastor Dalzell was saved out of a life of sin and has served in many areas of the church for over 30 years. He has worked a full time job in construction while in college and while in the pastorate. As a result, he has the experience needed to make connection with these men, and the knowledge of the scriptures to help them build the principles necessary to function in society without the chains of sin holding them down.
God has done a wonderful work of change in his life, and he has a burden to help those who are in need of lasting change in their own personal lives.
Open Letter from the Director
Thank you for your interest in the F. I. T. Ministry. I trust that this website will answer most of your questions regarding our ministry.
Our mission at FIT is to train and empower men to live victorious Christian lives, enabling them to have permanent victory from all addictive and destructive behavior. We help addicts from walks of life. There have been men that come to our ministry affluent backgrounds, men who were homeless, men who were court ordered, men who were referred from a church or pastor, and many others
No matter your background or how you arrive at the F. I. T. Ministry, I believe your goal is the same as ours; to recover from the snare of sin and entanglements.
Let me say, this program is hard, and we are very serious about this ministry. However,if you are serious about changing your life for the glory of God and willing to learn to allow God to do a work in you, we can help you with that goal.
This ranch is not just a place to live; it is a place to CHANGE!
The only lasting change is a change of character; and character change comes from within and takes discipline, determination, and the wonderful grace of God.
We can teach you discipline, good habits, work ethics, et cetera, and God will most certainly do His part, but, you must be determined to see this program through.
This program is 8 to 10 months long and you will certainly want to quit at times but DON’T QUIT. If God leads you to this ministry, we will join with you in a commitment to rebuild a life that has true freedom found only in Jesus Christ!
God bless you my friend.