our story

Recounting the past

In 1989 Dennis and Darlene DeLano and Verle and Anna Payne purchased 350 acres along the Columbia River to establish a camp for serving youth and families. Inspired by Jacob's encounter with the angel of God, they christened the property Peniel, which means "facing God." The DeLano and Payne families embarked on this journey with two bold principles: to build the Ranch without getting into debt, and to show God's love by treating every guest like family. God has rewarded their trust and commitment, faithfully providing just enough resources at the perfect time. Their mission is to encourage others to get into God's word, to memorize scripture, study it and read it. Then after having God's word immersed into their mind, to share it with others!

Today the Ranch continues to host annual camps and retreats, as well as private events. New buildings dot the landscape; new animals roam the pastures. But the vision remains the same: to bring families face to face with the Creator by His word.


Your friends at the Ranch

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Dennis & Darlene DeLano

Ranch Directors
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Ed, Dorece, Lauren, & Luke Davies

"Help From the Sanctuary" - Psalm 20:2
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Guardian of Peniel Ranch


"I have seen God face to face"
Genesis 32:30
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