Sarah Davis is announcing that she will no longer be CEO of RZIM, her late father's company and that she is starting her own apologetics ministry.
Davis walked through the rise and fall of her father's apologetics ministry, Ravi Zacharias International Ministry (RZIM). She was 10 years old when the ministry started up, and in 2019 was named the CEO of the company.
She had been publicly silent since the ministry published a report confirming that accusations of sexual assault and rape brought against her father were true. The late apologist passed away in 2020 and after that, reports of sexual misconduct were filed. In May of 2021 Davis finally released a video statement apologizing to the victims.
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Now, Davis announced she is stepping down from RZIM to start her own ministry called Encounter, according to Christianity Today.
According to incorporation papers filed with the state of Georgia, Encounter’s purpose is "carrying the Gospel invitation to individuals and engaging in their questions so that they may encounter the love of Christ and enter relationship with Him." It will also engage "thoughtful individuals in Gospel conversations," and work on "training and discipling messengers of Christ’s love for their spheres of influence."
Davis wasn't the only one to leave the ministry after the sexual accusations came out against Ravi. Three months ago the directors of RZIM, Joe and Vince Vitale, also left.
In early March of 2021, the company announced it was going to rebrand and remove Zacharias's name from everything associated. They have yet to make the announcement of the new name or brand. However, currently on the website are only two articles; an open letter and the reasoning behind making the private investigation behind Ravi's sexual allegations a public affair.
The top official remaining at RZIM is Michael Ramsden, who previously served alongside Davis as the organization’s president.
The RZIM board of directors has also taken a hit. At the time of Ravi's death, they had 21 members and today there are 12.