About the Ranch

On a Mission
to Make
Families , Relationships , Students , Communities Stronger

Our Origins

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. Today, JH Ranch continues to grow and bear fruit across the US and around the world. 

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

Ranch• isms

I heard and I forgot,
I saw and I remembered,
I did and I understood.
You only live life once,
but if you live it right,
once is enough.
Change is temporary,
but transformation
is forever.
Circumstances don’t
make or break you,
they reveal you
When you go alone,
you go fast. When you
go together, you go far.

Our Leaders

With the support of an incredible, international team, the Johnston family operates JH Ranch, Scott River Lodge, JH Outback and JH Israel.

Bruce 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

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.”