Meet Grace

We are excited to welcome Grace Buckner to our staff as our new Youth Programs Director! Grace is a Rochester native who has a heart for helping youth in their faith journey and has spent the last 10 years working in various camps, leading adventure trips, and non-profit organizations. She will also be doing retreat hosting and managing our activities.

We asked Grace to share a bit about herself and her transition to Ironwood:

Having grown up in Rochester, MN, I am native to the area and had the privilege of visiting Ironwood Springs during my youth. I graduated from Century High School and then attended Illinois Wesleyan University. After undergraduate, I moved to Chicago and studied at North Park Theological Seminary, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 2012. I've spent several summers at camps in Minnesota and Missouri working with youth and families, and have served young people through parachurch ministries in Michigan and Alaska. I am thrilled to return to southeast Minnesota and join the Ironwood Springs family. Currently, I live in Rochester with my husband, Zach, and you can often find us biking, hiking, or driving to the Twin Cities to visit our niece and nephews.
Miracles Happen Festival
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Take advantage of the early bird prices for Miracles Happen Festival by purchasing your tickets now. We have a great weekend planned starting with an acoustic concert by local favorite, Light45, an outdoor family movie on Friday night, a day of family fun and night of great music on Saturday headlined by American Idol finalist and Christian artist Danny Gokey, and Sunday morning with worship led by local performers Brad Boice and Light45. W e have several new things planned for the family fun day this year including archery tag, a kids tractor pull contest, Ventriloquist Taylor Mason, and face painting. You won't want to miss the musical line up we have on Saturday night. Find more info and buy tickets today on!
Register Now for Upcoming Programs

Visit to read about upcoming programs, camps and retreats and register today! We'd love for you to join us for any of the following:
  • Senior Day at the Ranch (May 2)
  • ConnectAbilities Camps
  • Grandparent Grandchild Camp (June 21-23)
  • Wheelchair Camps
  • Journey Youth Camps
  • Military Family Camps
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Summer Camp Jobs

We are still hiring for our 3 weeks of Youth Camp this summer! Currently we have open positions for Junior Counselors, Cabin Counselors, and Tech Manager. You can work for some or all of these weeks, depending on your availability. If you or anyone you know may be interested, head to to read about our programs, job descriptions, and to apply.
Volunteers Needed

We have needs for individuals or teams to help us prepare for summer including landscaping, clearing brush, raking, painting, and office work. Please contact Bob at 507-533-6707 or email if you would like to help.

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch
7291 County Road 6 SW | Stewartville MN 55976