Christian Encounter Ministries, Inc.


Christian Encounter Ministries, Inc. in Grass Valley, CA, has been restoring the lives of troubled young men and women between the ages of 16 and 25 since 1970.

We work with young people that are aware of their need for help. Residents enter the program voluntarily. Our primary focus is to assist people in the development of responsible behavior patterns and to confront weaknesses which prevent adequate adjustment. We believe the key element in responsible living is one's relationship to God, and we strive to provide an environment where a genuine commitment to Christ can be fostered. Residents experience a safe, loving environment on a semi-secluded 82-acre ranch where they are provided counseling, education, and spiritual direction. They also develop good attitudes, work habits and personal life-skills. They stay an average of one year. Funding for this work is from donations rather than tax-generated dollars.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P. O. Box 1022
Grass Valley, CA 95945-5945


Phone: (530) 268-0877


Organization details

EIN: 237118864

CEO/President: Mr. Nathaniel Boyd

Chairman: Mike Boon

Board size: 9

Founder: Paul Cecil & Tom Salter

Year founded: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1983


Christian Encounter Ministries, Inc. ("CEM") is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization founded in 1970, with membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

CEM is succinctly described in the phrase which accompanies their logo, "Tending lives... Training leaders." At the beautiful Christian Encounter Ranch, they have a residential counseling/discipleship ministry for troubled young people (male and female) ages 16-25. These young people come voluntarily. They have backgrounds which include all kinds of abuse, drugs, family problems, etc. Residents stay at the ranch three months to two years and receive professional Christian counseling, discipleship, schooling if necessary, fellowship, love, and plenty of one-on-one attention. They adhere to a disciplined schedule and are expected to work hard.

Mission statement

It is the Purpose and Mission of Christian Encounter Ministries to provide an environment in which individuals and families encounter Jesus Christ to receive restoration and healing, develop spiritual maturity evidenced in a productive and loving relationship with Jesus Christ and others, and in which Christian are trained for leadership.

Statement of faith

Christian Encounter Ministries, Inc. uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

  • In God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus is the Christ; He paid the penalty for our sins; He rose from the dead and is coming again.
  • The Holy Spirit regenerates and transforms the Christian, who then demonstrates maturity by loving and serving God and others.
  • The Bible is the only authoritative and inspired word of God, the infallible rule of faith and conduct for all Christians.
  • God wants all Christians to cooperate with one another, in love, in order to accomplish His work on earth.
Christian Encounter Ministries, Inc. uses the following to express its Statement of Unity:
  • Christian Encounter Ministries promotes unity in the Body of Christ. Therefore, we have two policies which all staff, interns, trainees and volunteers agree to honor:
    • (1) Since we work with churches and colleges holding differing opinions concerning certain ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit, leaders at Christian Encounter Ministries,, regardless of personal convictions or experiences, agree not to exercise the gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, or prophecy during group worship or studies at CEM.
    • (2) Immersion is the only mode of baptism used at CEM when a believer desires to be baptized into Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating691 of 73337 of 39
Fund acquisition rating525 of 73429 of 39
Resource allocation rating710 of 73439 of 39
Asset utilization rating577 of 73333 of 39

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$25,542$48,211$50,445$60,928$52,254
Short-term investments$216,874$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$100$100$100$100$0
Total current assets$370,887$179,913$82,489$84,678$58,183
Long-term investments$7,226$284,695$454,229$429,207$375,780
Fixed assets$865,996$852,710$896,817$915,302$934,663
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$873,222$1,137,405$1,351,046$1,344,509$1,310,443
Total assets$1,244,109$1,317,318$1,433,535$1,429,187$1,368,626
Payables and accrued expenses$41,616$71,246$69,481$62,928$60,232
Other current liabilities$69,171$17,782$36,660$40,221$34,970
Total current liabilities$110,787$89,028$106,141$103,149$95,202
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$129,608$151,299$171,836
Total liabilities$110,787$89,028$235,749$254,448$267,038
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$175,401$160,980$160,992$166,053$151,344
Permanently restricted$0$6,945$7,369$7,764$8,244
Net assets$1,133,322$1,228,290$1,197,786$1,174,739$1,101,588
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$746,483$746,503$726,131$743,381$810,240
Program service revenue$25,887$66,985$107,353$100,484$113,244
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$50,812$9,267$7,389$7,709$5,839
Other revenue$9,588$23,730$14,814$23,006$24,126
Total other revenue$86,287$99,982$129,556$131,199$143,209
Total revenue$832,770$846,485$855,687$874,580$953,449
Program services$602,882$507,389$505,660$534,348$570,472
Management and general$257,143$240,246$265,554$205,081$168,957
Total expenses$927,738$815,981$838,629$801,429$819,351
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($94,968)$30,504$17,058$73,151$134,098
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($94,968)$30,504$17,058$73,151$134,098


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

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In the late 1960's the vision of Christian Encounter Ministries (CEM) was conceived in the hearts of Paul Cecil and Tom Salter, then students at San Jose Bible College. The drug scene was flourishing, and young people by the thousands were hitch-hiking to California in search of answers. Rejecting the values of middle class America, they came searching for anything that would give their lives meaning and purpose. They saw a need for an intimate, personal type of ministry which could more effectively minister to people who needed Christ but who would not come through the church doors, as well as to people who had accepted Christ but had fallen away because their needs were not met. Cecil saw the time ripening, and in September of 1970, the CEM vision was given birth.

A site was selected in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, near Grass Valley, California. It was hoped that the obscurity of the location and the natural beauty of the rural surroundings would provide a peaceful and protective environment in which lost or struggling young people would begin to face their problems head-on and find lasting direction for their lives. The Ranch would also be available to the Body of Christ at large as a family camping and retreat facility and as a training center for Christians preparing for practical ministry.

Those early years were filled with stories of dramatic transformation in hundreds of young lives. Drug-damaged minds and rebellion-hardened hearts were made new again by the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. CEM's prescription for change has remained the same through the years: Truth, discipline and love - resulting in growth.

From the beginning, God has seen to it that each need is met specifically and at just the right time. Through countless "coincidences" God has graciously provided our requests for food, money, vehicles, buildings, clothing, machinery, school supplies, livestock, and much more.

From its inception, CEM has been both a service to, and an arm of, the Church. Over the years, troubled young people have been referred to CEM by churches. The churches have seen for themselves the evidence of transformed lives, and they have subsequently lent their wholehearted approval and support to the work. The vision and scope of CEM has expanded over the years. While young people continue to experience redirection through the 24-hour, live-in ministry of CEM, many other avenues of ministry have also opened up including an internship program which was initiated to train and equip qualified college students for contemporary ministry. Today CEM has a wide outreach to the community and a good reputation among its neighbors. Indeed, many of the neighbors have become involved in Encounter Ministries' work on a volunteer basis, and dozens of others have come into a relationship with God through this ministry.

Christian Encounter Ministries has seen many lives changed and individuals served through its work in the past, and we look forward to seeing many more such miracles of God in the future!

Program accomplishments

  • Has provided help for struggling young people since 1970
  • Established state certified private high school in 1977
  • Member of ECFA since 1983