Fletcher Brothers

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Pastor Fletcher A. Brothers is a fundamentalist preacher and author from Carthage, New York.[1]

Freedom Village[edit]

Brothers is best known as the founder of Freedom Village USA, a home for troubled teens operated from a Christian Fundamentalist perspective and founded in Lakemont, New York in 1981.[2] The campus was the site of the Lakemont Academy, a secular boys boarding school. Freedom Village also operated an office in Burlington, Ontario and it had many students from Canada.[citation needed]

Freedom Village came under fire when it was revealed to be paying workers less than minimum wage, and for the punishment practiced on students, and for allegedly abusing child labor laws[3]

Brothers had to sell the Lakemont property to cover his millions of dollars in debt after he was denied the ability to file for bankruptcy.[4][5]

The podcast We Warned Them: Freedom Village investigated the legacy of Freedom Village and the life of Fletcher Brothers, revealing their larger connections to the 'troubled teen' industry.[6]


  1. ^ "Pastor Fletcher Brothers". fletcher-brothers.com. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007.
  2. ^ Robertson, Michael James (2006). Conquerors for Christ. Xulon Press. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-60034-503-6. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  3. ^ Moore, Thad; Hobbs, Stephen. "Christian teen home relocating to SC mountains punishes students on 'the woodpile'". Post and Courier. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Freedom Village property sold for $1.05 million by Gates Community Chapel". The Chronicle Express. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  5. ^ Craig, Gary. "Freedom Village: Faith-based organization has long been followed by reporters, and creditors". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. ^ "We Warned Them: Freedom Village". We Warned Them Campaign. 2023-04-11. Retrieved 2023-06-02.

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