Shepherd's Field Children's Village

Tim & Pam

Tim and Pam Baker and their three girls, Rebecca (6), Sarah (4) and Rachel (5 months) arrived in China in August 1988, with hearts ready to teach English to the Chinese. Although they were in a city of several million people in northeast China, they were the only westerners in the city and the first westerners that most of their students had ever met. Although conditions were very primitive at that time, the Bakers fell in love with China and the Chinese people. In 1991 they moved to Beijing, where Tim assumed the position of Director of Operations for University Language Services, a non-profit teaching organization with more than 100 foreign teachers spread across China. It was then that they made their first visit to a local orphanage. The Bakers became regular volunteers at the orphanage, and the foster parents of a little girl named Esther, who they later adopted. Through Esther and the example set by Tim’s assistant, Philip Hayden, the Bakers’ passion to help orphans grew. In 1994, they founded the Philip Hayden Foundation, in memory of Phil, who had died the year before at the age of 28 from a rare, undiagnosed heart condition. A year later they formed a partnership with the China Charity Federation to help special needs orphans from all over China. Since then, they have provided surgeries for more than 3000 orphans with varying medical problems, and they have assisted in more than 600 adoptions to families in China, North America, Asia and Europe. In 1998, the Bakers adopted twin boys, Nathaniel and Zechariah, from an orphanage six hours northwest of Beijing. In 1999, they founded Luke’s House, a children’s home that would be the beginning of Langfang Children’s Village, which included five children’s homes and a pre-school in 2006. In 2006, Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV) opened on six acres of land the local government donated for their use. Today, SFCV has five children’s homes for about 100 orphans, a medical clinic, guest quarters for those who come to volunteer, a beautiful playground, a school, and an outreach center. The Bakers have seven children and two sons-in-law: Rebecca (28) and her husband, Gregg; Sarah (26) and her husband, Drew; Rachel (20), Esther (16), Nathaniel and Zechariah (11), and Philip (7). Tim and Pam are both graduates of Bethany College, where they earned degrees in cross-cultural studies. Tim also has a master’s degree in education from Oral Roberts University.