Who We Are
Katie Jacobsen

Katie Jacobsen

Public Relations Director
Session Instructor

Fresno, CA

I first heard about Crystal Peaks in 2008. I was in college and my mom sent me an article about the ranch. I was deeply touched by what I read, moved to tears, and I felt the Lord open something up in me that had been, a long time, buried deep in my heart. I realized that not only was Crystal Peaks a place that mirrored me, but it was a place that I wished I would have known when I was a little girl. I understood the significance of what Jesus might use this place to be for a lost and hurting child or family. I could not quiet the longing to be a part of that kind of ministry. From there, the Lord drew me to Crystal Peaks, paved the way for me to come, and has provided a way for me to stay.

Out of my own brokenness the Lord has grown in me a greater desire to reach out to others who feel forgotten, invisible, worthless, alone and unloved. Through my own journey toward healing I have come to know the truth that no matter what has happened there is a God who heals and restores. He is the lifter of our heads, He arms us with strength and breaths His life into us. The more I come to know Jesus, the more I long to share Him with others.

One of my favorite things about my job is working one-on-one with kids and teens. I work consistently with 6 girls. A few of these girls I have had the privilege of investing in for a number of years. These long-term relationships have had a great impact on my heart. I ​appreciate the opportunity I have to stand with these kids in the midst of hardship, to watch the tender heart of God move on their behalf,  the honor of hearing their stories, the joy of celebrating ​little and big victories, and the opportunities that arise to encourage, listen, learn from and ​watch as each child's story uniquely unfold​s.

I really enjoy the creative aspects of my job, including photography. I love to capture expression and emotion on camera and to share what we do through this creative avenue. The community I have been swept into is an incredible blessing as well. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside other Staff and volunteers who love the Lord. I am blessed by the opportunities that arise to pray for and encourage one other and to simply grow together.

What is your favorite coffee drink?

It is ever changing depending on my mood, which coffee shop I go to and the time of year. The one thing that doesn’t change is how much I enjoy a good cup of coffee.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with friends. Whether it's talking about life over a cup of coffee, hiking, game nights, camping, or cooking a meal together. Relationships, especially the kind that go deep, are where my heart's at. I enjoy being active - playing volleyball, soccer, long boarding, exploring, ​to name a few. Traveling is a favorite, be it a trip to the coast or an international adventure.  

What is an interesting fact about you?

In 2011 I spent 5 weeks traveling around the North and South Islands of New Zealand with two of my closest friends.

Click on the following links to view "Around the Fire" Newsletter articles written by Katie Jacobsen:

Long Way Home – Fall 2010

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