Zarephath Ministries is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization. It is funded solely by tax deductible contributions by people who care about the spiritual well-being of pastors and spouses. All donated money goes to fund and resource free retreats for qualified pastors and spouses.
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2054 Belgrave Ct.
Simi Valley, CA 93063
To contact us via email: chris@ZarMin.org
We were exhausted. As I typed p-a-s-t-o-r-s r-e-t-r-e-a-t F-R-E-E into Google, I prayed there would be a response. My husband and I needed a break and could not afford to take one. That divinely directed search led us to Broom Tree Ministries and a fabulous week of rest and renewal. We were changed—this was a desperately needed ministry and we wanted to be part of it.
Dawn was born and raised in a loving Christ centered home. Her dad was a school teacher with a desire to help new and struggling churches. So, her family moved a lot across the states, which taught her to make friends easily and that security is not in a place but needs to be placed in the Person of Jesus Christ. Dawn came to Christ as a young girl and has been in love with Jesus ever since.
Chris grew up in a pastor’s home. He came to Christ early and was called to ministry. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Grace College (Winona Lake, IN) and Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN).
Chris & Dawn met in Kenai, Alaska, where Chris did a summer internship at Dawn’s home church. They married in 1983 and began full time ministry in 1987. Over the next 18 years, Chris served as Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, and solo Pastor in 4 different churches in 3 different states.
In December 2005, God moved through weariness and burnout to call Chris and Dawn out of the pastorate. They moved to Southern California and Chris worked in construction while they slowly healed and found restoration. They gradually became more involved in different types of ministry. Today Chris serves as full-time Pastor of Community Groups at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA.
During the summer of 2008, Chris and Dawn listened to the testimony of a missionary who had his own bout of burnout. It was during this testimony that God impressed on them the need and desire to start a spiritual retreat ministry on the West Coast. That led to the launch of Zarephath Ministries in 2009.
Chris & Dawn are parents of 2 incredible adult children. They homeschooled their kids their entire school career and both kids love the Lord deeply.
Zarephath Ministries is deeply indebted to Dwayne and Rita Hanon, founders of Broom Tree Ministries (broomtreeministries.org), and we want to publicly express our gratitude to them. They pioneered the concept of free spiritual retreats for pastors, building their own ministry in the Mid-West. We were incredibly blessed by one of those retreats while we were still in the pastorate. It was our desire to join the Broom Tree family and provide the same blessing for other pastors. Legal and IRS issues prevented us from becoming an extension of Broom Tree Ministries, but we are still vitally connected in vision and ministry. Dwayne and Rita have mentored us and shared their resources and lessons with us. Zarephath Ministries is what it is because of them. Thank you Dwayne & Rita!
-Chris & Dawn