to Make Families , Relationships , Students , Communities , You Stronger
JH Ranch was born in the wilderness of Northern California. As a young man in his twenties, Gene Johnston, our founder’s father, promised God, “If you will provide the resources, I will invest them in a manner that will have eternal value.” Years into his successful real estate career, a God-ordained detour landed Gene in a little known corner of California where he discovered a 300-acre hunting lodge that was for sale. Acting on a giant leap of faith, he purchased the property, fulfilling his promise and founding JH Ranch alongside his oldest son Bruce Johnston. With Bruce leading the charge, JH Ranch opened as a summer guest ranch for junior high and high school students before blossoming into a much larger and diverse operation parents, children, and spouses.
Beginning in 1996, JH Ranch expanded into JH Outback weekend events across the US and around the world. Parents and their sons or daughters, university students, and spouses spend an undistracted weekend to grow closer to their loved ones and God.
Scott River Lodge was purchased in 2006 to expand the Husband and Wife program that was held at the Ranch at the time. The Lodge is a premier, all-inclusive retreat for married couples to escape the hectic pace of life and enjoy rest, relaxation, romance, and renewal.
As a guest ranch, JH was founded on hospitality,
and our family’s welcoming spirit continues to
define who we are today.
The Story of JH
I saw and I remembered,
I did and I understood.
but if you live it right,
once is enough.
make or break you,
they reveal you
you go fast. When you
go together, you go far.
With the support of an incredible, international team, the Johnston family operates JH Ranch, Scott River Lodge, JH Outback and JH Israel.
Bruce and Heather Johnston
Bruce Johnston is the founder and president of JH. Through his leadership, the ministries of JH have grown and expanded beyond JH Ranch to include Scott River Lodge, JH Outback and JH Outback International. Bruce has been involved in student leadership development and family ministry for more than 40 years.
Heather Johnston is the founder and executive director of JH Israel as well as the U.S. Israel Education Association. With decades of experience working in the nation of Israel, Heather uniquely contributes to the United States-Israel relationship as an educator and thought leader. She is the author of Uncommon Favor, a powerful book about the intentional life of a disciple.
“What we should realize is that our value comes from God. There may be plenty of growth opportunities ahead of us, but in the meantime, He loves you as you are, not as you should be.”