See what Heartlight parents are saying about the boarding school.

Below are comments and reviews from the parents of residents of Heartlight over the years. We believe that their words echo what thousands of others parents feel who have placed a teenager in our program.

For a current referral list of parents who have had a teenager in the Heartlight program, please contact Melissa Nelson or Mariah Blalock in the Admissions Office at (903) 668-2173 and a listing will be faxed or emailed to you.

“I’m convinced that if it had not been for Heartlight, our daughter would not be alive today. They not only taught our daughter how to live upright, but they also taught my wife and me the skills we needed for change within our home.”

“What makes Heartlight different than the other specialists who tried to help our son is Mark’s practical experience, love, commitment, and most importantly, his years of living and working with sad, struggling kids who have needs beyond the capabilities of their parents. He has a God-given gift to see into the hearts of kids who are hurting.”

“Heartlight was the light in the midst of darkness for our struggling teen daughter, giving us hope when we were hopeless.”

“Mark has the God-given talent of probing the heart of a teenager, identifying their struggle and offering a common sense biblical perspective on living through it. I experienced Mark’s gift first-hand and am now attempting to pass it down to my kids.”

Endorsements & References

Michael Blanton
President of Blanton Entertainment

Dr. Jim Burns
Author, radio host of HomeWord

Tracy Byrd
Country Music Artist, Singer & Songwriter

Kirk and Chelsea Cameron
Actors & Speakers

Michael Card
Dove Award-Winning singer, songwriter, author

Alan Carter
Director of NBC’s “The Voice”

Steven Curtis Chapman
Dove Award-winning singer, songwriter, author (Nashville, Tennessee)

Ray Davis
Texas Rangers Baseball Club

George Dunklin
President of Ducks Unlimited International

Joey and Rory Feek
Award-winning songwriters and 2010 Academy of Country Music Award recipient for “Top New Vocal Duo” (Nashville, Tennessee)

Bill & Gloria Gaither
Gaither Music & Gaither Vocal Band

Bob Hurley
Hurley International

Dr. Tim Kimmel
Speaker, author, President Family Matters (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Doug Kindy
President of Lucchese Boots

Steve Largent
Former U.S. Congressman, member Pro Football Hall of Fame

Bob Lepine
Co-host of FamilyLife Today national radio program (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Brian Luwis
CEO of America World Adoption

Dr. Paul Meier
Meier Clinics

Jessie Minassian
Author & Speaker

Paul Overstreet
Grammy Award-winning country music singer, songwriter (Nashville, Tennessee)

Gary and Norma Smalley
Well known counselor and founder of the Smalley Relationship Center

Dr. John Trent
Speaker, author of The Blessing, President Strong Families (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Aaron Watson
Texas Country Music Artist

Dr. Joe and Debbie Jo White
President, Kanakuk Kamps (Branson, Missouri)

William Yinger 
Former Chairman Directors for National Board of Young Life