Our Leadership

Executive Team

Richard Wenschlag

CEO – Vision

As one of the founders of the ministry, Richard is responsible for passionately guiding the vision of the Encounter and ensuring our Spirit-led direction. He is on staff fulltime with the organization.

Shelli Wenschlag

Executive Director

Shelli provides support for the ministry operations and is the full-time director for the Women’s Ministry programs. She is on staff full time with the ministry.

Regional Leaders

Our ministry would not exist without the support of hundreds of men and women who volunteer countless hours to the Kingdom purpose. They are led by these regional leaders who have committed their support in model servant-leadership to ensure our mission is always, first and foremost carried out in love.

Barry Nimitz

Central California

Board of Directors

The Encounter Ministry is supported by a board of directors who hold the leadership team to the highest standards, organizationally, and more importantly spiritually. These community leaders provide us with guidance, stewardship, and service, ensuring the ministry honors the Kingdom and stays true to its vision.

Scott Rhoda


Tim “TK” Kawelmacher


Troy Dillard

vice chairman

Carl Baker


Al Cartlidge


Dave Haskins