History

"If you provide the resources, I will invest them in a manner that will have eternal value."

Gene and Joy Johnston

Gene and Joy Johnston

In 1979, Gene Johnston purchased a 300-acre hunting lodge in the beautiful mountains of Northern California. His purpose in purchasing the property was to fulfill a promise he made to God as a young man in his twenties. He promised, "If You will provide the resources, I will invest them in a manner that will have eternal value."

Under the direction of Bruce Johnston, the eldest son of the 12 Johnston children, JH Ranch first opened its doors in 1980 with a leadership program known as Second Wind for high school students. Over time, Second Wind has been recognized across the country by educators, pastors and school administrators as one of the finest youth leadership programs in America. Its success was the catalyst for the expanded purpose-driven programs currently offered at JH Ranch.

Bruce and Heather Johnston

Bruce and Heather Johnston

Bruce Johnston is the founder and executive director of JH Ranch and responsible for JH Ranch curriculum development. His wife, Heather, is the spiritual director of the summer camp staff. Bruce and Heather have been involved in student motivation and leadership development for over 30 years.


   

 

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