Crista Ministries

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Welcome to CRISTA! We are a family of five Christian ministries united and empowered to serve the needs of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Based just north of Seattle since our founding in 1949, and with a reach both locally and globally, CRISTA exists to transform lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our sustainable, Biblical Christian ministries: CRISTA Media, King's Schools, CRISTA Senior Living, World Concern and CRISTA Camps.

As part of the CRISTA family, each ministry has answered the call to serve in their unique way, striving together toward our shared goal of seeing lives transformed... from the young minds being equipped with knowledge at King's Schools to World Concern's relief and development efforts all over the globe; from the radio stations of CRISTA Media broadcasting uplifting Christian messages and music to the fellowship and fireside songs bringing joy to thousands of campers year round at CRISTA Camps; and from the seniors receiving exceptional care at our CRISTA Senior Living communities to the hundreds of CRISTA employees globally answering a calling to serve those in need.

Contact information

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


Phone: (206) 546-7200

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 916012289

CEO/President: Nick Archer

Chairman: Kevin Gabelein

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

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 rating1009 of 1113109 of 121
Fund acquisition rating1020 of 1114102 of 121
Resource allocation rating711 of 111487 of 121
Asset utilization rating863 of 111387 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,323,434$3,616,902$7,798,443$6,175,759$6,268,627
Short-term investments$45,109,023$31,630,753$32,259,292$34,938,421$27,016,644
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$57,857,704$52,159,614$53,482,201$56,743,794$52,984,043
Long-term investments$7,281,766$5,325,804$4,050,922$2,424,028$1,590,726
Fixed assets$56,884,106$67,471,910$71,411,848$70,261,563$72,777,120
Other long-term assets$11,551,802$14,677,936$14,962,091$16,072,995$14,914,477
Total long-term assets$75,717,674$87,475,650$90,424,861$88,758,586$89,282,323
Total assets$133,575,378$139,635,264$143,907,062$145,502,380$142,266,366
Payables and accrued expenses$17,159,985$12,438,606$12,803,332$10,464,443$11,415,512
Other current liabilities$2,685,459$3,279,439$1,813,418$1,921,254$1,748,917
Total current liabilities$19,845,444$15,718,045$14,616,750$12,385,697$13,164,429
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$14,437,410$14,424,098$15,407,124$15,243,076$14,395,990
Total long-term liabilities$22,169,205$33,116,086$27,328,116$25,734,723$25,737,623
Total liabilities$42,014,649$48,834,131$41,944,866$38,120,420$38,902,052
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$68,593,729$65,416,133$74,063,196$79,156,933$81,633,396
With donor restrictions$22,967,000$25,385,000$27,899,000$28,225,027$21,730,918
Net assets$91,560,729$90,801,133$101,962,196$107,381,960$103,364,314
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$19,780,991$38,627,360$43,217,232$51,267,093$43,768,742
Program service revenue$48,005,967$66,236,942$70,891,977$69,589,088$68,025,199
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,550,265$2,465,707$2,426,824$2,405,263$3,388,788
Other revenue$721,927$1,135,142$793,769$359,629$823,106
Total other revenue$53,278,159$69,837,791$74,112,570$72,353,980$72,237,093
Total revenue$73,059,150$108,465,151$117,329,802$123,621,073$116,005,835
Program services$60,870,502$98,988,968$102,367,079$107,279,692$103,542,429
Management and general$10,199,680$12,245,729$12,769,239$4,508,401$4,334,285
Total expenses$78,157,563$118,343,319$124,131,329$120,344,824$114,902,453
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)($5,098,413)($9,878,168)($6,801,527)$3,276,249$1,103,382
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($5,098,413)($9,878,168)($6,801,527)$3,276,249$1,103,382


Jacinta TegmanCEO$265,259
Doug SuttenEVP & CFO$213,845
Glen MelinVP Senior Living$211,529
Jon YasudaPresident / COO$201,478
Michael MeyersChief Development Officer$191,227
Timothy John MalievskyVP Media$177,144
Eric RasmussenVP Schools$175,972
Nick ArcherWorld Concern President$157,026
Stephanie ChangGeneral Counsel$156,729
Ben WilsonVP Marketing + Brand Dev.$156,070
Kyle RoquetVP Facilities$155,587
Channah HanbergMedia General Manager$154,386
Mike ColeFormer Key Employee$135,368

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/19/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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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