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…