Years ago, Scott Johnson lived a simple life as a cattle rancher. That all changed when God placed a calling on his life to start a youth ranch with the potential to change children’s lives. With a desire to spread the Gospel and mentor youth, Scott’s dream became a reality. After years of planning and praying, Scott purchased a ranch just outside of Woodlake, California that is now home to Crown Valley Youth Ranch.
Through the labor of staff and ranch hands, CVYR now has fully functional buildings, a round pen and arena. God’s provision was nothing less than miraculous. Youth from all over the surrounding communities have flocked to CVYR, causing the ranch to develop a wait list for youth in need of mentoring. Kids and teens can come to the ranch for a session where they will be paired with a mentor and able to be involved in activities such as horsemanship, arts and crafts, horticulture, small animals, and much more. Everything at CVYR is free of charge, as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
A Word from the founder
We are excited for this new season at the property and finally get to the real reason and purpose of why we are here— to watch God work in lives through us! It’s been a real roller-coaster ride so far, complete with moments of disappointment and also exhilarating times when God blesses and provides far beyond our expectations. Even in those times when things don’t go so well, later we can look back and see that God had something better. His protection and guidance has tested and strengthened our faith. It is an honor to be part of His plan and watch it unfold before us.
It has taken so much to get us here. The renovation of our main building, cleaning away brush and trash, re-roofing two buildings, updating the on-site residence, building corrals and fences, hundreds of volunteer hours, spiritual warfare, tractor work, sweat, skinned knuckles, training volunteers, and constant prayers. After all this investment and hard work I have recently come to this conclusion— it’s worth it! Seeing the kids come through our doors with all kinds of issues (some not so obvious) and listening to their stories can be heartbreaking. They have gone through tough times yet are resilient and eager for the attention of a friend and mentor. Armed with the Good News that Jesus loves and cares for them creates great opportunities for discipleship. What an exciting time!
Please continue to pray for us and the children and families we minister to. We have many challenges ahead and our enemy has us in his cross hairs. Prayer is more important than ever.
Crown Valley Youth Ranch is a faith-based organization. Though the ranch is not associated with any denomination, the basis of our belief rises from the same Judeo-Christian values that our nation was built upon. The Founders, Board of Directors and staff of Crown Valley Youth Ranch, believe that Jesus Christ is the one true Son of God, Savior, Healer, Redeemer, and coming King. We believe the Bible is the breathed Word of God, perfect in every word and without error. It is our greatest desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action. Faith on the ranch is demonstrated through “living example” to those we work with. It is our highest honor to serve children and families of all backgrounds with the same loving grace that has so freely been given to us.
As a result of this foundation, all of our programs and training are structured accordingly.