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MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: Christian Encounter Ministries

Summary:  Christian Encounter Ministries (CEM) began in 1970 as a church with a residential youth program.  It is a small fellowship consisting of its students, interns, staff and some members of its community.  The residential youth program (ranch) has a teacher to student ratio of about 3 to 1.  CEM creates healthy rhythms of work, chores, rest and recreation.  Students meet at least once a week with a counselor and regular training in soft vocational skills and to instill strong work eithic.  CEM graduates receive a California state high school diploma.  The “ranch” addresses issues of relationship breakdowns, behavioral and emotional problems, addictions and self-destructive habits, academic struggles and social maladjustment.  Christian Encounter Ministries’ aim is to facilitate youth to overcome cycles of brokenness.

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating: 1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade: C

ECFA Member? Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020): $867,162

Five-Year Revenue Trend: Flat  (less than 1 percent change)

Percent of Revenue Christian Encounter Ministries Spends on Fundraising: 14 percent

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising: 5 percent

Executive Director:  Nate Boyd 

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: CEM is designated as a church, and as such it is not required to disclose compensation data.

Complete MinistryWatch profile for Christian Encounter Ministries can be found here.

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.