Crista Ministries

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Welcome to CRISTA. CRISTA is a family of ministries empowered to serve the needs of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Based in Seattle, Washington with a reach both locally and globally, we exist to transform lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through sustainable, Biblical Christianministries.

CRISTA is five distinct ministries, each with their own vision and mission. And yet, they are all part of the CRISTA family. Each ministry has answered the call to serve in their unique way, striving together toward one goal-to draw people into a transforming relationship with Christ.

From World Concern's relief and development efforts around the globe; from CRISTA Media's stations that broadcast uplifting messages and music through your radio dials to the fireside songs that bring joy to campers year round at CRISTA Camps; from the young minds equipped with knowledge at King's Schools to the seniors receiving exceptional care at CRISTA Senior Living. Whether traversing the globe or right in our backyard, the CRISTA family of ministries is empowered to meet the needs of those we serve.

Loving God by serving people-meeting practical and spiritual needs-so that those we serve will be built up in love, united in faith and maturing in Christ.

We look forward to sharing our journey with you.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Crista Ministries
19303 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98133-9703


Phone: (206) 546-7200


Organization details

EIN: 916012289

CEO/President: Jacinta Tegman

Chairman: Dennis Guhlke

Board size: 19

Founder: Mike Martin

Ruling year: 1950

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


Welcome to CRISTA. We are a family of ministries loving God by serving people worldwide in the areas of education, international relief & development, senior living and media.

Mission statement

CRISTA Ministries uses the following to communicate its mission:

To overcome human suffering through emergency relief, rehabilitation and long-term development so that individuals and families can be in right relationships with God, one another and creation.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, all people everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of the damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that God designed marriage as a covenantal bond between one man and one woman, and God's intent for sexual expression is to occur only in the covenant of marriage.

We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for both physical and spiritual needs.

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating963 of 102268 of 76
Fund acquisition rating872 of 102464 of 76
Resource allocation rating676 of 102446 of 76
Asset utilization rating954 of 102267 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,174,000$5,110,000$6,892,000$6,434,000$6,784,000
Short-term investments$692,000$737,000$1,080,000$393,000$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$15,098,000$12,355,000$20,592,000$22,392,000$26,896,000
Long-term investments$52,391,000$55,632,000$36,310,000$37,362,000$28,607,000
Fixed assets$58,384,000$63,599,000$71,412,000$70,262,000$72,777,000
Other long-term assets$9,929,000$9,763,000$15,961,000$16,813,000$14,950,000
Total long-term assets$120,704,000$128,994,000$123,683,000$124,437,000$116,334,000
Total assets$135,802,000$141,349,000$144,275,000$146,829,000$143,230,000
Payables and accrued expenses$18,143,000$21,080,000$11,693,000$10,560,000$11,640,000
Other current liabilities$3,645,000$5,658,000$5,064,000$2,826,000$2,621,000
Total current liabilities$21,788,000$26,738,000$16,757,000$13,386,000$14,261,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$13,661,000$14,415,000$14,990,000$14,875,000$14,067,000
Total long-term liabilities$20,382,000$22,133,000$24,077,000$24,830,000$24,866,000
Total liabilities$42,170,000$48,871,000$40,834,000$38,216,000$39,127,000
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$70,665,000$67,093,000$75,542,000$80,307,000$82,260,000
With donor restrictions$22,967,000$25,385,000$27,899,000$28,306,000$21,843,000
Net assets$93,632,000$92,478,000$103,441,000$108,613,000$104,103,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$20,971,000$38,727,000$44,300,000$45,805,000$47,121,000
Program service revenue$644,000$52,590,000$1,159,000$842,000$731,000
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$6,248,000$1,050,000$1,617,000$1,581,000$2,048,000
Other revenue$45,963,000$709,000$69,082,000$68,703,000$68,407,000
Total other revenue$52,855,000$54,349,000$71,858,000$71,126,000$71,186,000
Total revenue$73,826,000$93,076,000$116,158,000$116,931,000$118,307,000
Program services$54,106,000$79,242,000$99,439,000$105,411,000$102,051,000
Management and general$9,472,000$12,804,000$13,004,000$4,726,000$4,582,000
Total expenses$69,520,000$97,908,000$121,106,000$118,884,000$114,330,000
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$4,306,000($4,832,000)($4,948,000)($1,953,000)$3,977,000
Other changes in net assets($734,000)($3,617,000)$0$0($1,463,000)
Total change in net assets$3,572,000($8,449,000)($4,948,000)($1,953,000)$2,514,000


Jacinta TegmanCEO$306,556
Doug SuttenEVP & CFO$237,647
Mike ColeChief Resource Officer$232,132
Timothy John MalievskyVP Media$207,622
Glen MelinVP Senior Living$201,423
Robert LonacFormer Officer$197,007
David EllerSr. VP/Chief Dev Officer$177,923
Kyle RoquetVP Facilities & Construction$177,735
Eric RasmussenVP Schools$171,684
Tami TurcottVP Controller$165,525
Jon YasudaPresident/COO$156,586
Ben WilsonVP Marketing + Brand Dev$154,856
Randall HashimotoVP Human Resources$149,326
John RandolfGeneral Manager - KWPZ$147,161

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/30/2021. To update the information below, please email:


In 1948, CRISTA founder Mike Martin prayed for a youth home just outside the abandoned Firland Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Shoreline, Washington. He had no idea he was helping to plant a seed that would grow into the family of ministries we have today. He was simply looking for a place to house and feed the teens he'd met through his ministry with youth.

Although the King County Commissioners responsible for the sanatorium's fate initially rejected Martin's application to lease the space, he was persistent. Eventually, the commissioners granted Martin the 56-acre campus for $1.00 a year, with one condition: he must also begin a much-needed retirement community on the campus. As Martin began working to repair the sanatorium with the help of his wife and children, over 70 families who shared his vision to serve showed up to help.

Just one year later the sanatorium became King's Garden and opened as a home to youth in dormitories and approximately 80 elderly residents. Soon, King's Schools was formed to meet the youth's educational needs with a Christ-centered school. The school celebrated its first graduating class in 1951. During summers, King's Garden remained vibrant with on-campus summer camps, before Miracle Ranch, the first of two camps, became host for the summer program's expanding needs.

Meanwhile, the growing community at King's Garden shared its stories and faith through a 15-minute radio program on a local station. When the station eventually cancelled the program, Martin wasn't deterred. Sensing God's direction, he started his own station, and KGDN went on-air in 1954. The radio ministry branched naturally over time into our current stations and online presence.

King's Garden became CRISTA in 1979 (an identity inspired by the concept of putting Christianity in action) and maintained a focus on serving the poor; hosting annual missionary conferences and welcoming missionaries during their furloughs. On December 1, 1970, World Concern, previously "Medicine for Missions," joined the ministry family as the first of our two international relief organizations.

Through the years, as new rings have been added to our family, CRISTA has retained the mission of loving God while serving people through education, international relief and development, senior care, and media.

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