Our Story

It All Started with a Seed

In 2006, Rex and Julianne Buckner began pursuing a calling to establish a safe haven for children in the Middle Tennessee area. After a time of soul searching and prayer, they took a leap of faith and walked away from their professional careers to pursue the dream of creating Mustard Seed Ranch.

Their passion and talents inspired an outpouring of community support that nurtured an astounding season of growth.

Fertile Ground

When Middle Tennessee businesses, churches and individuals were first approached to share in the Mustard Seed dream, there was no land, no homes, no house parents, no program design. However, it was a dream that captured the imaginations and hearts of an entire community. They shared the vision. They shared faith. They stepped in and stepped up. Big time!

After 115 acres of rural farmland was contributed by an anonymous donor, support began to pour in from every corner of the community. Across the region, materials and thousands of hours of volunteer labor were donated to help build the first two homes. Local businesses, churches, professionals, self-employed laborers, and volunteers united for a common goal: helping children in need. After construction was completed in April 2009, the first children were welcomed into their new homes. 

Taking Root

Introducing a new season of growth, the role of Director was passed to Tammy Depperschmidt in 2012. Under her leadership, more children have joined the Mustard Seed family, a third home has been constructed, and the MSR program has been fine tuned to provide personalized education, therapy, and support for each child.

Branching Out

Now MSR is ready to add homes 4 and 5 – ready to bring hope to the lives of 16-18 more children.