Christian Encounter News

Welcome to the Christian Encounter News Page. Here we keep you updated on all that is going on in the life of the extended Ranch Family. This includes updates on former students and interns, as well as inspiring stories and event recaps.


Christmas Tree Sales to Benefit CEM,

This weekend (Saturday & Sunday 9-5) CEM staff, interns, and students will be working at Wolf Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Located near the Ranch at 18251 Retrac Way. Come and buy your Christmas tree - ALL proceeds will be donated to CEM!


Employment Opportunity,

Position open January 15, 2017

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing indoor work program
  • Managing commercial kitchen
  • Catering events (10-125 people)
  • Menu planning within a budget
  • Purchasing food/supplies
  • Teaching cooking skills and nutrition

Personal qualifications include:

  • Commitment to Christ
  • Desire and willingness to work with struggling young people
  • Flexibility to work in a variety of settings
  • Possession of Food Service Manager’s certificate (or willingness to acquire it)
  • Experience in cooking for large numbers and training in nutritional principles are desirable.

If you are interested, contact Chuck at


Thanksgiving Dinner at CEM,

Interested in joining the CEM family for Thanksgiving Dinner? We'd love to have you! Guests are invited to arrive at 1 pm and our main meal will be served at 2 pm. Please call to RSVP and sign up to contribute to the meal (530.268.0877)!

Annual Fall Work Day,

Please join us Saturday, October 15, 9am-4pm for our Annual Fall Work Day. Lunch and great fellowship provided. Let us know you plan to come via email - - or phone - 530.268.0877. See you soon!

Discipleship Seminar,

We are excited to invite the community to a seminar for those wanting to invest in lives and strengthen the Church! It will be on "Growing Disciples Intentionally," taught by Dr. Traver Dougherty of Western Seminary. This is the first of a series of training seminars, that will be held quarterly, open to the public. You're invited! Have questions? Call 530.268.0877 or email

2016 Summer Wilderness,

Our annual Summer Wilderness Trip begins next Friday (8/26)! The purpose: to learn and grow as an individual and in one's relationship with the Lord through an outdoor experience. Please pray for our 12 students and 8 interns who will participate in this year's 15-day adventure!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us Thursday, September 15th @ 7 pm for "Wilderness Paper Night", during which each student and several interns will share regarding their personal experience.

Ropes Course Day,

This Saturday all of our students and interns will be participating in our 6 element high ropes course. This day is full of team and personal challenges and is an "intro" to our 15-day backpacking trip, which is just 2.5 weeks from today!

New Interns and Students,

By early next week, we'll have 2 new interns and 2 new students join the Ranch family. Please pray for Brianna, Salena, Nate, and Brianna (yes, two Brianna's!) as they transition into internship and studentship.

Agony 2016,

The 34th Annual Agony Ride begins in just over 48-hours. As of today, we have 79 riders, over 130 saggers, and countless sponsors participating in this year's ride!

It's not too late to sponsor a rider.

Also, be a part of the excitement by tracking riders LIVE during the ride (Friday beginning at 1:00pm) and following the ride on Facebook.

Open Internship Positions,

We have an urgent need for male interns. Please spread the word! Because of our current and upcoming unfulfilled internship positions, we may be limited in accepting male students. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining the CEM intern team, please visit the INTERNSHIPS tab on our website for more information and to submit your inquiry form.


2016 Agony Ride,

The 2016 Agony Ride is just over 2 weeks away! (July 29 & 30) We have about 75 committed riders, 100 saggers (volunteers), and many, many sponsors! Want to join the fun? You can commit to ride, work, or support at

Summer Update,

All of our students returned from June Break last week. As always, we are happy to have them back as the CEM property without students is strange! This week, we have two new male students arriving. Please pray for Mycca and Johnny as they transition into the program and our Ranch family.

Spring Celebration & Graduation

Over the last year, we've had 25 students, 19 interns, & 100+ volunteers. That is a lot of people to CELEBRATE! We also have 4 CEHS graduates this year! ... We'd love for you to join us Saturday, June 4th @ 2pm in Angels' Meadow for our Spring Celebration & Graduation Ceremony! Have questions? Call us @ 530-268-0877.

Semester Finals, 

Our high school students are wrapping up semester finals this morning. We are so very proud of each of them who have worked hard through out the semester. Special congratulations to Madison and Jake - by noon today they will have completed all California State high school graduation requirements!!!

Generational Leadership,

We are very excited to have Generational Leadership, a Christian leadership program from Washington State, visiting the Ranch this week.

You're invited to attend an evening of testimonies and dance Wednesday at 7:30 pm put on by GL in the CEM Living Room. We hope you'll join us!

Susan Hicks - Reception/Pray Out,

After 15+ years serving on CEM's counseling staff, Susan Hicks has accepted an invitation to establish a counseling ministry in Washington State. We are thankful for the years she invested into the lives of students, interns, and staff, but are also excited for this new chapter of her life! Please join us on Sunday, May 22 for her "Pray Out" during church (begins @ 9:30 am) and a cake and card reception to follow.

Madison M - Pray Out,

Congratulations to Madison M! Madison came to the Ranch as a student in March of 2014. After a year of studentship, she recognized that the Lord had more work to do in her and she committed to an entire second year of our program. This past Sunday, we held Madison's "Pray Out" and she has finished her time at the Ranch!...Madison, we are proud of you and are SO excited for what is up ahead in your life. Surely, the Lord has done and will do GREAT things in you!

Spring Work Day,

Join us Saturday, May 14 from 9am-4pm for CEM's Spring Work Day! We'll work together to beautify the property and prepare it for summer. There will be a variety of skilled and non-skilled projects for groups and individuals. Have questions or need to let us know your coming? Contact Megan through email or phone -; 530-268-0877.

Rescue Run 5k

Join us THIS Saturday for our 3rd Annual Rescue Run 5k! Register online until Friday evening. Event day registration will open at 8:30 and the race will begin at 9:30. Have questions? Email or call us at 530-268-0877. We can't wait to have you join us as we run to "Rescue Youth from Ruin"!


Easter Sunrise Service

We are looking forward to our Easter sunrise service and hope you'll join us! Weather permitting, service will be held outside in the Angels' Meadow amphitheater beginning at 6:30 am. After service, we'll gather in the lodge for a potluck brunch. Have questions? Please call our office @ 530-268-0877.


Quarter Finals and Spiritual Emphasis Week

Students are busy in school today and tomorrow as they take quarter finals! Many of our students come to the Ranch behind in school and on their way to academic failure. However, because of our incredible student-to-teacher ratio and small group study hall sessions most of our students begin to excel in school, many for the first time in their academic careers. It is always great to see our students achieve success in school! Please pray that our students' view of themselves would improve as they succeed in the classroom.

Next week, we will take a break from high school courses for Spiritual Emphasis Week. The mornings will be spent with student-led group devotions, worship, and guest speakers. We are excited for the incredible line up of guests that will share with our students, interns, and staff. We'll wrap the week up with a 10-hour prayer vigil on Friday! Please pray for hearts to receive all that the Lord is offering through Spiritual Emphasis Week.

Open Internship Positions

We have an urgent need for male interns. Please spread the word! Because of our current and upcoming unfulfilled internship positions, we are limited in accepting male students. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining the CEM intern team, please visit the INTERNSHIPS tab on our website for more information and to submit your inquiry form.

Girls' Igloo

Please keep our girls in your prayers this weekend! The annual Girls' Igloo Trip is Friday - Monday. We're expecting the Lord to do good things in each of their hearts as they work together to manage the winter elements.

Boatman Reception

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Chuck, and his wife, Barbara, to the CEM family on Saturday, February 27 2 3:00 pm in the CEM lodge. Please RSVP by Feb. 22 to

Today's Count

Every once in a while, it is fun to sit back and count here at the Ranch. Here is what we count today:
1.  New Executive Director arriving this week
2.  Girls who completed their high school graduation requirements earlier this month
3.  Cows grazing in our pasture
4.  Incredible high school teachers
5.  Meal tables to gather around each day
6.  Acoustic guitars in the living room 
7.  Male and 7 female students working hard to make positive changes
8.  Staff spouses who support and serve the Ranch in immeasurable ways
9.  Wild turkeys who have made our property their home
10. Amazing interns who are sacrificing and fighting for God's best in our students' lives

Guys' Igloo

Guys' Igloo 2016 is this weekend! Leaving Friday morning and returning Monday afternoon, our guys will spend 3 nights in the Sierra Mountains, near Castle Peak. If weather and snow conditions co-operate, they'll spend 1 or 2 of those nights in igloos that the group builds themselves! Please pray for all of the students, interns, and staff leaders that will be in the snowy mountains this weekend!

Semester Finals

Semester Finals are well underway! Once today's tests are completed, two of our students, Alyssa and Elana, will have completed the California high school graduation requirements. Alyssa plans to continue her time here as a student until at least graduation in June. Elana will be prayed out this Sunday and plans to begin studies at Sierra College at the end of this month. Way to go girls! We are proud of both of you!

New Executive Director Hired

The CEM Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Charles Boatman to the position of Executive Director. A past member of our CEM Board of Directors, Chuck comes to CEM in continuation of a rich career encompassing pastoral posi­tions and work in foreign missions as well as administrative and academic positions. As past president of San Jose Bible College (now William Jes­sup University), long-time professor at Hope International University, and founding principal of Liberia Chris­tian College, Chuck brings significant mission-guided administrative and organizational development experi­ence to CEM in our continued mission of “Tending Lives and Training Lead­ers.”

We would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and provision as Chuck and his wife Barbara begin the pro­cess of transitioning and moving their household to Grass Valley in time for him to assume his duties as Executive Director in mid-January. We are excited for this new phase for CEM and wait expectantly for God’s plans.

Jim Barsotti
Chairman, CEM Board of Directors

Year End Giving

Every year we are greatly encouraged by the generous year-end gifts we receive. Those gifts translate directly to lives being changed. As you consider your year-end giving this year, please keep CEM in mind.

Open Internship Positions


We currently have unfilled positions for male interns in 2016. If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining the CEM intern team, please visit the INTERNSHIPS tab on our website for more information and to submit your inquiry form.

Christmas Tree Sales to Benefit CEM

This weekend (Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 10-5) CEM staff, interns, and students will be working at Wolf Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Located near the Ranch at 18251 Retrac Way. Come and buy your Christmas tree - ALL proceeds will be donated to CEM!

Executive Director Position - FILLED!

We are excited to share that we will soon be welcoming Chuck Boatman on staff as our new Executive Director! Thank you all for your prayers through the search process. Please continue to pray for CEM through this time of transition.