In the spring of 2010, Nate arrived at Christian Encounter for an internship following some formative years in camp ministry. After observing Mike Petrillo, Jim Parker, and other Ranch leaders intent on humbly shepherding each person they encountered, Nate wanted to stay for the long-haul. He has served in a number of roles since then and began as Executive Director in 2017. Nate met his wife Alyssa (intern 2012-2013) while on an intern recruiting trip. They’ve been married since 2014 and have a daughter named Lilly. Nate was ordained for the ministry through Christian Encounter in 2016 and completed his M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies in 2017 from Western Seminary. Nate loves watching the transformational impact of the Gospel, whether in a person, a church, or a community, and he finds joy in the lifelong pursuit of its full expression.
Zach is a Grass Valley native who is passionate about building meaningful connections with others to further God’s kingdom work. Zach has worked in churches and the furniture business, delivered packages, been a prep cook in a kitchen, managed a pizza shop, and lived in Mexico. He believes God’s grace and mercy are unending and the redemptive power of Christ is restoring lives everywhere, which means you can be a part of God’s redeeming plan wherever He has you. He is excited to communicate how God’s kingdom is being built at Christian Encounter Ranch and how you can be a part of it wherever you are.