Mars Hill Broadcasting Co, Inc.


Mars Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc., (DBA - Mars Hill Network) operates radio stations WMHR-FM 102.9 Syracuse, NY, WMHN-FM 89.3 Webster, NY and WMHI-FM 94.7 Cape Vincent, NY (all non-commercially licensed) with the purpose of communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ by means of its conservative Christian radio ministry, strengthening the Christian family and reinforcing the ministry of local churches in the United States and Canada. Principally listener-supported, it also delivers service to translator stations. Through its regular broadcasters the company encourages identification with the worldwide ministry of the Gospel throughout evangelical agencies.

Contact information

Mailing address:
4044 Makyes Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13215-8683


Phone: (315) 469-5051


Organization details

EIN: 222234076

CEO/President: Mr. Clayton R. Roberts

Chairman: Mr. Clayton R. Roberts

Board size: 7


Year founded: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


February of 1966 in Syracuse, a group of Christians met to begin a Christian radio station in Central New York. They formed Mars Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc. (MHBC); the name "Mars Hill" was chosen because it is the name of the public forum near Athens where the apostle Paul preached to the Stoics and the Epicureans.

MHBC describes their purpose as follows: "The purpose for which the Mars Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc. was formed is as follows:
a) To communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whether by radio broadcasting, television, satellite, religious programming, including the use of films already available and/or producing films, tape recording and distribution, printing, literature distribution, Bible study courses, and any communication media whether presently available or subsequently available because of future inventions. b) To disseminate information through all lawful means which will promote the doctrines of the Holy Scriptures.
c) To promote and encourage personal dedication and consecration of time and talents for Christian service.
d) To assist and support missionaries and others engaged in Christian service in this country and in any part of the world, or assist in the training of persons expecting to become involved in such work in this country and in any part of the world.
e) To develop and conduct Bible conferences, Bible study groups, evangelistic meetings, prayer meetings and all kinds of meetings, including concerts and other public gatherings, by which people of various walks of life may be helped to live a better life following Christian principles.
f) To assist and cooperate with individuals, groups, churches, conferences, schools and all other organizations dedicated to like purposes and devoted to teaching, preaching or broadcasting the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; and to do any and all things which will lawfully promote the purposes herein expressed." MHBC declares Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world, having paid the penalty for the sins of all mankind. With such provision for forgiveness of sin, the call goes out to "whosoever will" to accept Christ's gift of salvation through the new birth. Personal spiritual growth is taught, through broadcasters who help listeners understand and apply God's Word, the Bible. The ministry reaches out in love to strengthen the Christian family with a 24-hour-a-day broadcast alternative. The Mars Hill Network seeks reinforce the ministries of local churches where the Word of God is declared. Mars Hill employees serve to fulfill this vision as a team.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

MHBC uses the following to express its mission:

"It is the mission of the Mars Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc. to provide the public, through its radio broadcasting and public relations functions, such a clear expression of the message, mission and character of Jesus Christ that the following results will be consistently achieved:
a) Salvation of the lost and nurture of the saved;
b) Traditional Christian families built up in faith and life experience to become mature witnesses of the grace of God, and Biblically effective contributors to the benefit of society;
c) Ministry of Bible-teaching local churches reinforced, and churches at large confronted by the Spirit of God and revived;
d) Unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, and unity in the Body of Christ;
e) Promotion of and participation in the Great Commission stated in Matthew 28:19,20, and particularly in relation to worldwide Christian Communications."

Statement of faith

MHBC uses the following to express its statement of faith:

There is one God. Infinitely perfect. He is a triune God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Jesus Christ, the Son, is true God, and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died, was buried, rose again the third day, and is seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for believers. He, the Just, died on the Cross of the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice for all who believe in Him and are thereby justified by His shed Blood.

The Holy Spirit is a representative of the Trinity in the world today. His work is to convict men of their sin, bringing them to repentance; and to seal, indwell and comfort the believer. In all that He does, He testifies of and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and not Himself.

The Old & New Testaments, as originally written, are without error. Being divinely inspired by God, they are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.

Man was originally created in the image of God, but fell through disobedience. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

Salvation has been made available through Jesus Christ for all men. Those who repent and believe in Him, by God's grace, are born again of the Spirit of God and become the children of God.

It is the will of God that each believer be filled with the Holy Spirit; be separated from sin and the world; and be fully dedicated to the will of God. He thereby receives power for holy living and effective service.

The true Church of Christ is constituted by those who are redeemed by Christ's finished work and born again by the Holy Spirit.

There shall be a bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust: the just into everlasting joy with Christ and the unjust into everlasting conscious torment.

The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is certain and will be personal and visible. This is the believers' blessed hope and trust, and an incentive for holy living and faithful service. "

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating404 of 58615 of 23
Fund acquisition rating137 of 5866 of 23
Resource allocation rating555 of 58619 of 23
Asset utilization rating386 of 5869 of 23

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$130,121$124,273$143,835$111,445$105,459
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$1,350$1,350$0$0$0
Total current assets$868,061$853,351$825,590$702,175$586,884
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$459,997$418,172$456,877$420,942$489,001
Other long-term assets$242,342$261,505$280,665$299,828$318,990
Total long-term assets$702,339$679,677$737,542$720,770$807,991
Total assets$1,570,400$1,533,028$1,563,132$1,422,945$1,394,875
Payables and accrued expenses$28,700$13,546$22,656$12,677$14,987
Other current liabilities$8,571$8,488$17,985$11,583$17,229
Total current liabilities$37,271$22,034$40,641$24,260$32,216
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$37,271$22,034$40,641$24,260$32,216
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$66,552$63,335$67,309$54,257
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,533,129$1,510,994$1,522,491$1,398,685$1,362,659
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$436,269$424,660$483,769$448,780$431,925
Program service revenue$504,180$526,276$537,669$512,781$462,687
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,886$2,147$1,297$955$670
Other revenue$67,724$42,046$29,797$24,062$56,386
Total other revenue$575,790$570,469$568,763$537,798$519,743
Total revenue$1,012,059$995,129$1,052,532$986,578$951,668
Program services$627,629$635,190$532,458$528,844$517,484
Management and general$354,849$363,940$369,752$395,479$335,976
Total expenses$989,924$1,006,626$928,726$950,553$877,481
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$22,135($11,497)$123,806$36,025$74,187
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$22,135($11,497)$123,806$36,025$74,187

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February of 1966 in Syracuse, a group of Christians met to begin a Christian radio station in Central New York. They formed, Mars Hill Broadcasting Co., Inc. (MHBC), a stock corporation. The name "Mars Hill" was chosen because it is the name of the public forum near Athens where the apostle Paul preached to the Stoics and the Epicureans.

Initially, MHBC was financed through the sale of $60,000 of stock and a bond issue. After seven years of ownership by the stock corporation, operating WMHR-FM under a commercial license, the Board of Directors moved to convert to a not-for-profit corporation operating under the laws of New York State. Now, contributions to MHBC are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

In July 1967 construction began, and on Sunday, March 9, 1969, WMHR-FM went on the air at 102.9 MHz. MHBC has grown into a three-station radio network that delivers programs to its stations and affiliates. On February 29, 1988, WMHN-FM 89.3 MHz went on the air in Webster, New York. And on October 1, 1990, WMHI-FM 94.7 MHz went on the air serving Jefferson County in northern New York and eastern Ontario, Canada. On December 20, 1991, the FCC approved non-commercial licenses for all three stations.

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