Who We Are

Meet Our Staff

  • Cathy Chambers

    Cathy Chambers

    Volunteer Foreman

    Hello beautiful people! I discovered Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in quite a roundabout way. A friend Jody, had given my good friend, Jacke, the book Hope Rising after Jacke had experienced a horrific tragedy in her family.

  • Judy Jeffery

    Judy Jeffery

    Assistant to Founders

    I’m no stranger to the wounding arrows of the Enemy. Nor have I been spared from being lured by his awful lies. Falling victim to these lies and wounds, I once lived a secret life bound in a self-made prison. Finally, the truth of Galatians 5:1 broke through the deception, “It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

  • Lynn Watkins

    Lynn Watkins

    Program Assistant
    Fellowship Coordinator

    I was introduced to Crystal Peaks when I heard Kim speak on Focus on the Family. Being a horse lover, I was intrigued by how the Ranch used horses to share the love and hope of Jesus to kids and families that were experiencing brokenness and pain. I remember listening and being so moved by all the stories. My first thought was: THAT is what I want to be a part of!

  • Deirdre Gomez

    Deirdre Gomez

    Equine Assistant
    Session Instructor

    I first heard of CPYR about fifteen years ago. Kim Meeder was the guest speaker at a women’s conference at our church. I loved her first book, Hope Rising, and subsequently started visiting the Ranch. In 2015, my husband, daughter, and I moved back to Bend after raising our four children in Portland, OR.

  • Bryson Voth

    Bryson Voth

    Facilities Assistant

    My wife, Janine, and I lived in central Kansas for all of our lives. I worked at the same aircraft company for about 30 years, and both of us were content and comfortable with where we were. We assumed that retirement and living out the rest of our lives would be done in that small, quaint Midwest town. However, when God wants you to move, He puts a burr under your saddle.

  • Leah Meier

    Leah Meier

    Facilities Assistant

    In January 2019 I was approached by a friend who, knowing of my love for horses, handed me a piece of paper with the Crystal Peaks logo on it and a brief synopsis of why the ranch started and what it does. I remember thinking ‘well that’s kinda cool’ and then putting it in the back of my mind.

  • Ben Donald

    Ben Donald

    Personal Assistant to CEO

    Growing up on a dairy farm in Woodland, WA, I clocked many hours on a tractor. It was during one of these drives in 2004 when I first heard Kim on Dr. Dobson’s radio program. Something in the stories that Kim told resonated with my heart. It was not until about 10 years later, when I met and married my wife, that I crossed paths with the ranch again.

  • Jeff Gorham

    Jeff Gorham

    Senior 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...

  • Max Clark

    Max Clark

    Senior Worship Leader

    My journey to Crystal Peaks began with Troy Meeder, whom I met through mutual friends and our church community. His story about the calling that he and Kim had on their lives was intriguing, encouraging, and inspiring! It was a cause and purpose I wanted to be a part of and invest in. I had a minor problem though... I am a city guy!

  • Aly Hinkle

    Aly Hinkle

    Session Instructor

    I've always had a passion for horses and for rescue. I had a feeling since middle school that God was preparing me to enter ministry in some aspect. Driving home from school one day, I heard Kim interviewing on Focus on the Family radio station and was blown away that God had called the Meeders to use horses in ministry.