Strategically located in the "Gold Country" of the foothills in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, Christian Encounter Ministries (CEM) provides an ideal setting for intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. The Ranch is situated on 86 peaceful acres of lush, grassy meadows and tree-covered hills with groomed trails for hiking and four ponds for fishing, swimming, canoeing and other recreational activities.
The main building houses a large commercial kitchen and dining area; a living room for meetings, Sunday services, relaxation, and free time; and most of the staff offices. Nearby is our fully funtioning High School, featuring two classrooms and an up-to-date computer lab.
CEM has four separate dormitories, two for males and two for females. Each dorm houses a maximum of eight individuals, including leaders, split between two simple rooms for the purposes of sleeping, cleaning up, and dressing. Most of the staff homes are situated around the property, adding a family-like atmosphere and feeling of safety and support.
Our 86 acres provide many opportunities for relaxation and recreation. In addition to the ponds, we have two areas for soccer, volleyball, Frisbee, and other outdoor activities. Angels' Meadow features a campfire ring, lighted stage with seating, restrooms, and twelve rustic cabins. Our maintenance barn is situated on the opposite side of the property. Not only used for work-related activities, it houses an indoor recreation room, weight room, and basketball/volleyball area.
It is common to see a variety of wildlife on the property in addition to the livestock tended by students and interns. An array of birds, water fowl, deer, raccoons, foxes and other wildlife call CEM home and add to its beauty and tranquility. The Ranch is less than ten miles from the quaint town of Grass Valley, but is far enough removed to provide a safe place conducive to spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth.