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.

Jeff Kramer

Director, ministry development

Jeff is responsible for the development of the ministry programs and discipleship of the leadership teams. His role includes expanding the Encounters to new regions throughout the nation. Jeff is on staff with the ministry.

Judy Kramer

Encounter coordinator

Judy provides leadership for Encounter administration and logistics. She helps us develop, plan and coordinate all the resources necessary for Encounter weekends across the ministry. Judy is on staff 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.

Wayne Myers


Allen Klaski


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