Thursday, 20 July 2023

Tim Ballard, Who Inspired ‘Sound Of Freedom,’ Out At Both Organizations He Led

 Tim Ballard, who the movie “Sound of Freedom” is based on, is reportedly out at both of the organizations that he led.

Motherboard reported Wednesday that Ballard was no longer the CEO of the Nazarene Fund, an anti-trafficking organization backed by Glenn Beck.

“Tim Ballard is no longer the CEO of the Nazarene Fund,” the organization said in a statement. “The Nazarene Fund continues to be focused on our mission to Rescue, Rebuild and Restore. There are so many people around the world who are in need of our unique services and we are grateful for the support we receive to help us accomplish our mission.”

The news comes after Ballard “quietly parted ways” with Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), an organization that he founded and was the basis for the movie, which recently hit theaters.

Motherboard reported late last week that Ballard allegedly went to donors and told them that he had been “forced out” and wanted help to create a new organization.

“While Tim Ballard stepped away from OUR several weeks ago, we continue to pursue OUR’s core mission,” OUR said in a statement. “We are excited that many are learning about the organization and its rescue operations and are seeking ways to support it.”

Ballard told Tim Pool on a podcast last week that he was stepping down from the group to start a new foundation called the SPEAR Fund.

He said, “I told Angel Studios, take the logo off of OUR … because so many organizations out there are doing such great work, and we’re not the solution to every kid.”

“I have hope,” Ballard said during the podcast as donations started pouring in. “For the first time I have hope that we can actually make an enormous impact in the fight against child slavery.”

As of the time of publication, Operation Underground Railroad’s website still featured Ballard’s name and photo on its “about us” page.


Ballard, a former Department of Homeland Security agent, was appointed by former President Donald Trump to a federal advisory panel on human trafficking.

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