Who We Are

Meet Our Staff

  • Katie Guerrero

    Katie Guerrero

    Public Relations Director
    Session Instructor

    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.

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  • Ellen McBride

    Ellen McBride

    Finance Director

    The thing I love most about the ranch is that it is for people of all ages. From the very young to the retirees, there is a place for each to participate and volunteer. I have seen God bring his children to a place where it is safe and where they can come and be loved by staff without judgment. Living in Central Oregon brings a greater depth of experience with God every day.

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  • Stephanie Voth

    Stephanie Voth

    Program Director
    Session Instructor

    I felt called to Crystal Peaks after hearing about the ministry from my mentor. The Lord would not let me forget about what He was doing in this place. I started praying about coming out to Central Oregon to serve. I frequently heard about the books and listened to podcasts of the Focus on the Family interviews.

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  • Bill Watkins

    Bill Watkins

    Facilities Director

    In 2014, my soon-to-be-wife Lynn told me about CPYR. When I saw the video of the Ranch, I told her, "Sign me up. When do we go?" A year later, we were married in Montana. Crystal Peaks would come up periodically in conversation when we received the newsletter. We even talked about coming to the Ranch for an Information Clinic to see what it was all about.

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  • Jeff Gorham

    Jeff Gorham

    Facilities Manager
    Session Instructor

    There are so many things that I love about what I get to do on the ranch. I love working with children, horses, dirt and the never-ending list of chores. I love "the ranch buzz", the sights and sounds of ranch life on a daily basis. There is nothing akin to the clamor of...

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  • Rachel Shultz

    Rachel Shultz

    Similar Ministries Manager
    Session Instructor

    My husband Brad and I began our call to ministry together while living in Southern California. We both had the opportunity to volunteer with the horse program at Palomar Christian Conference Center (a Christian camp). It was during that time that I discovered Kim’s first two books...

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  • Sarah Robinett

    Sarah Robinett

    Equine Coordinator
    Session Instructor

    I first heard about Crystal Peaks when I was 12 years old, listening to Troy and Kim speak on the Focus on the Family broadcast. When I turned off the radio, I told my mom emphatically, “THAT’S what I am supposed to do with my life!” From that moment on, I knew God was calling me to work with kids and horses.

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  • Zac Bruckner

    Zac Bruckner

    Scheduling Coordinator
    Session Instructor

    God called me to the Ranch and Central Oregon from Virginia a year after I graduated from college. I was working part-time and doing my best to patiently wait for Him to reveal His plan for my life. I possessed a desire to use the gifts God had given to me, but I didn’t know how or where.

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  • Sierra Backman

    Sierra Backman

    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Session Instructor

    When I was 10, I heard Kim Meeder speak about Crystal Peaks on a Focus on the Family radio broadcast. My mom and I were so excited and deeply touched by the stories of redemption and hope that Kim shared. That day the Lord planted a seed in my heart; that seed would one day lead to me coming to the Ranch...

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  • Ruth Hartford

    Ruth Hartford

    HR Coordinator

    I first heard about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch while listening to Dr. James Dobson talk with Kim about her book Hope Rising. My husband, Ron, and I stopped to listen, heart-to-heart, as Kim described her devastating childhood pain and the redemptive healing only Jesus can bring. I was moved to tears and quite speechless.

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