Jubilee Leadership Academy sits on 400 acres surrounded by Broetje Orchards in Eastern Washington State. The large campus has two dormitories, cafeteria, school, administrative building, staff housing, football field, basketball court and much more.
Jubilee Leadership Academy was founded by Ralph Broetje, who built the campus and started the Jubilee program in response to having a troubled teen in his own family. At the age of 15, he remembers hearing a missionary from India speak about the suffering of children and then thinking….wouldn’t it be great to have an orchard and help kids some day?! After marrying his wife, Cheryl in 1967, the two built Broetje Orchards, which has became a recognized leader in the apple industry, and for over 25 years has been one of the largest privately owned apple orchards in the United States with more than 6,000 acres of apples and cherries.
Their business-as-ministry focus has developed over these many years seeking to honor the following scripture:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:16, 17 NIV)