Miles McPherson and the Rock “Corporation”

Miles McPherson is a pastor at a megachurch in San Diego. I’ve blogged about him before.  His name has been coming up lately because of his link to the Miss America contestant.  I find it interesting that he is defending this woman who makes her money parading around in a swimsuit.  But she’ll bring in some money, so that is always good.

Mr. McPherson’s church corporation does quite the business.  Because it is technically a church, it is not taxed and I can’t find any information about the Church finances and the salary of McPherson.  He runs the Rock Academy (now part of the church), Miles Ahead Ministry and the Rock Charitable Foundation. This "charitable foundation" brought in 1.1 million dollars in 2007, according to the Guidestar report. The total expenses for this Foundation are just a little over $870,000.  They had  almost $300,000 left over at the end of 2007.  So where do you think a church Charitable foundation would spend its money?  Maybe helping the poor with food and housing?  Or childcare?

Nope.  It was set up to help the Rock Church (which McPherson runs), the Rock Academy (a school that was joined to the Church in 2006) and the Miles Ahead Ministry.  So in essence this charitable foundation was set up to help Miles McPherson.

In fact, this Rock Charitable Foundation gave $600,000 to the Rock Church. It also claims it gave $0 to the Miles Ahead Ministry. 

They spent $100,000 for "ministry expansion" for Horizon North County (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)

$500,000 on "building project" at the San Diego Rock Church (San Diego)

$50,000 on "outreach Event" at the Horizon Christian Fellowship–Hawaii

$2,500 on "Missionary Project" at Uplift Ministry (Arvada CO)

$13,000 on "building project" for Tri City Christian Schools (Vista CA)

$90,000 on "Marriage Project" at North Coast Calvary Chapel (Carlsbad CA)

$100,000 on "Ministry Expansion" at the San Diego Rock Church

$5,000 on "Mission Project" for Safe Harbor (Rancho Santa Margarita CA)

and $10,000 on "Building Project" for Revival Christian Fellowship (Menifee CA)


I decided to do a little research on the North Coast Calvary Chapel and their ‘Marriage Project."  Interestingly enough, I don’t see anything about the Marriage Project.  The church has a number of ministries for married people, but the church charges for all of its services.  So I wonder where $90,000 went to?  This church doesn’t have to a tax report, so there is no official record of where it went.


Miles McPherson also runs another non-profit called Miles Ahead Ministries.

The 2007 IRS form states that it brought in about $440,00, including $50,000 from the government.  The total revenue for 2007 was just over half a million dollars. 

The director of Miles Ahead, Timothy Innes, made about $68,000 and the Controller, Alejandro Loresco, Jr., made about $52,000.  They paid out a total of about $167,000 in salaries (including the two I just mentioned).

And not surprisingly, this non-profit, set up by Miles McPherson, also lent the Rock Church $158,429 in 2005 at 0% interest rate.  As of their 2007 statement, not a penny has been paid back to this non-profit.  This non-profit is acting as a bank for another tax exempt organization.

So where did they spend some of this non-profit money?


$6,000 on accounting fees

$9,000 on supplies

$6,000 on telephone bills

$6,000 on postage and shipping

$49,000 on printing and publications

$40,000 on travel

$3,500 on vehicle expenses

$5,000 on bank charges

$4,000 on outside services

And let’s not forget the Rockpile Store, where you can find anything you need to spread the message of Christ Miles McPherson…

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21 Responses to Miles McPherson and the Rock “Corporation”

  1. Diane says:

    I think you can probably find something better to do with your time that bash Miles McPhearson. That’s my

  2. Diane says:

    Oops, hit “post” too soon… That’s my opinion.

  3. kkaatz1 says:

    Hi Diane, Welcome!
    You are correct for two reasons. 1) This was written a few years ago. 2) Miles McPherson is a waste of time to think about. Aren’t you in the least concerned where the money you probably donate to his church goes? If I were you, I would be very interested. I have no clue what he is up to these days, but I am sure he is still wealthy. And you know what Jesus said about wealth: Matt 19:23-24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” People (like McPherson) who run these megachurches, but use the wealth to increase their own won’t be going to heaven, at least according to Jesus.
    And in case you are interested, here is the link to the latest (2009) IRS tax documents to this “charitable foundation”
    You’ll see that this foundation “gave” about $260,000 to the Rock Church. Sounds like nothing much has changed since 2007.

  4. Miles McPherson has provided aid and comfort to 10’s of thousands throughout San Diego and beyond. I agree with Dianne, what does it say about your heart that you preoccupy yourself with this “witch hunt”. Scripture comments on your actions: – Matthew 7:5 ESV / 315
    “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye”. Look to yourself first brother.

    • kkaatz1 says:

      Hi William! Welcome. Sorry you think this is a witch hunt. I was just stating the financial facts of the McPherson empire. You can read them yourself. You cite Matthew 7:5, but the speck in McPherson’s eye (his empire) does not compare to any “log” I have. I don’t have a tax-free mega-empire, so the verse doesn’t quite fit. My scripture back to you is: Matthew 10:21-25: “Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”” When McPherson gives everything away, then I’ll write another post about him.

  5. Neil Camas says:

    This man has done more good ,and changed the lives of many people including myself. Listen to his sermons he is so right on and powerful,you would understand why he attracts so many people to his ministry. Spend your time investigating corrupt officials who use our tax dollars for their personal use not a man of God who uses the money he earns honestly to further the ministry in another part of his ministry . Neil C

    • kkaatz1 says:

      Hi Neil, Thanks for your comment. I wrote this a few years ago and don’t really think about McPherson that much. But I still stand by what he wrote, and as I stated to William below, Jesus said: ““How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”” When McPherson gives everything away, then I’ll write another post about him.” We can talk about what he did, but I would also like it in the context of what Jesus said.

  6. Nico says:

    Heart I meant.

    • kkaatz1 says:

      Hi Nico, Being a Christian has nothing to do with this. Christians who lead mega-churches have a responsibility to be extra honest–their mission should not be to create corporations that make them rich, but corporations that lift up the poor, help children and so on.

  7. Ryan says:

    you’re a funny dude Kevin. Research how much the Rock has given back to the San Diego Community in terms of volunteer hours/duties. Compare it to what you’ve done. not much more to be said

  8. kkaatz1 says:

    Hi Ryan, Yes, I am funny, but not when it comes to financial empires created in the name of religion. Thanks for sparking my interest again on Miles McPherson. I wrote this in 2009, but I see nothing much has changed. I just looked at a bunch of financial information on his growing empire (which now includes the San Diego 1/2 Marathon) and I’ll be reporting soon. I am so glad you wrote!

    • Ellen says:

      How godly of you to bash any follower of The Lord. You must really be a devoted Christian. Sounds like you’re making a cry for attention. I suggest you work on your faith..

  9. kkaatz1 says:

    Hi Ellen, I really suggest you actually read the post. If you are o.k. with someone creating a financial empire (like Christ did???), then fine. I also suggest you read Matthew 19:24: “19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” And tell me–how easy will be it for your hero to make it to heaven???

  10. R says:

    Hi there…without condoning the bashing of Pastor Miles, I agree that you or anyone else has every right to look into how/where the church spends it’s money. That holds true for any church and/or organization. If you see a legal and/or ethical issue with the way a church or organization is spending it’s money, then maybe there is a better way to educate people about the matter? Bashing a highly loved and respected church leader probably isn’t the best way to get your message heard. But I do understand the overall concern you have and unfortunately sometimes there are churches that misuse or mis-allocate funds….I don’t know if that’s the case with Pastor Miles or the Rock church…but I get what you’re saying. We want to see churches and Christians living out what the Bible says….to live like Jesus did. Understanding the harsh reality that people are human AKA sinners and fall short of the Glory of God daily (hourly in my case) can discourage onlookers. I guess it’s a good thing God’s grace is sufficient for all of us.

    Again, not saying or agreeing that Pastor Miles or the Rock church is doing anything they shouldn’t be. I just thought the conversation was interesting. I am curious though…what enticed you to look into any of this in the first place? Have you been to the Rock church? It kind of sounds like you had a bad experience with a large or megachurch in the past. Just curious.

    God loves us all 🙂

    • kkaatz1 says:

      Hi R, Thanks for your comment. As you pointed out, my only problem with this church is how the money is spent and where it is shifted around. For example, Miles McPherson just bought the San Diego 1/2 Marathon. Now why would he do that? He claims he will spend the money in his community (of course, through his own non-profits), but a big chunk was sent outside of the country (according to the tax records). That is why I am interested in this matter.
      I haven’t been to the Rock Church. Someone I met online through this blog was going there, and it made me interested. I don’t have a problem with megachurches–as long as they are transparent with their money and that their pastors are not getting rich.

  11. jack czura says:

    Hey smartie pants. Why don’t you get out from behind your computer and Do Something! Oh, excusee…am I judging you? So sorry.

  12. Faye Lauifi says:

    How much have you given to the poor or the needy or the homeless. How many days have you’ve gone out and help the elderly do their yard work or just spend time with them at the movies. How many times have you visited wounded warriors of war and their families. How many times have you gone to talk to those in prison who just want to hear the words of comfort of GOD. How many times have you visited Radys Children’s Hospital and held the hand of a child dying of cancer where their faith in GOD is greater than those praying for them. When did you go to Haiti and help those children get at least a clean aet of close or ir something to eat ect ect ect…Let me guess none of the above.

    • kkaatz1 says:

      Faye–do you have anything to add to this? You seem to be full of self-righteousness. I certainly don’t go out and fleece the public and hide a non-profit behind profit (if that is what you are really asking me).

      • Faye Lauifi says:

        Well I just did, is it that difficult to see my comment? Self-righteous? Hmm? You do know I was talking about things the Rock Church has done right? Or is that hard to comprehend? So I am gathering you’ve done none of the above. Fleece haha! No ones twisting any arms to get people into any church or to donate to a church its all voluntary (faith is something you may not understand). I am guessing at the moment you’re making sheep noise’s but while your envious heart continues to admire the cash flow the church continues to grow whether you preceive it to be genuine or not. It is funny I asked you a series of questions unrelated to money but you answer a question with a question reverting back to the subject of money that’s really sad. GOD Bless you though.

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