Lima Rescue Mission


Lima Rescue Mission shares God's love with people in need through Christ-centered programs and services. Our primary focus is reaching out to poor and homeless men by providing physical and spiritual care in a time of crisis. The Mission also ministers to at-risk youth through a summer day camp at our campgrounds, Camp Roberts.

We are an evangelical, non-denominational organization. All funding for our ministry comes directly from individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations who want to be involved in helping people in need in our community. We do not receive any funding from the government or other agencies.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lima Rescue Mission
216 E. Wayne St.
Lima, OH 45801


Phone: 419-224-6961


Organization details

EIN: 344474977

CEO/President: Chuck Ferguson

Chairman: Andy Brown

Board size: 8

Founder: Rev. Adam Welty

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2008


The purpose of Lima Rescue Mission is to glorify God by sharing His love with people in need through Christ-centered programs and services. While we place an emphasis on physical care, including providing food, shelter, and clothing, we believe that true healing and recovery requires more than just physical needs being met. We meet with each individual to get to know them better, and learn what has led to them seek help at the Mission. As we get to know each person, we are able to connect them to resources that will be helpful for their specific needs. We promote independence and provide services with the understanding that they are temporary in nature. We expect to see individuals making positive changes and working toward becoming independent, and we provide support, guidance, and encouragement as they do so.

Mission statement

To see the lives of everyone we serve transformed, helping them to become independent and productive members of society by providing for their spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the barrenness of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating421 of 72589 of 145
Fund acquisition rating505 of 72695 of 145
Resource allocation rating348 of 72674 of 145
Asset utilization rating343 of 72581 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$351,024$424,153$239,499$288,704$346,296
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$695,394$736,613$769,561$791,789$774,985
Other long-term assets$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000
Total long-term assets$745,394$786,613$819,561$841,789$824,985
Total assets$1,096,418$1,210,766$1,059,060$1,130,493$1,171,281
Payables and accrued expenses$108$87$75$134$229
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$108$87$75$134$229
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$997$944$1,048$1,711$1,340
Total long-term liabilities$997$944$1,048$1,711$1,340
Total liabilities$1,105$1,031$1,123$1,845$1,569
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000
Net assets$1,095,313$1,209,735$1,057,937$1,128,648$1,169,712
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$476,191$701,408$486,409$521,784$417,481
Program service revenue$34,494$32,733$34,370$30,494$24,953
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,614$3,280$2,824$2,370$2,307
Other revenue$1,983$19,588($682)($2,142)$10,246
Total other revenue$40,091$55,601$36,512$30,722$37,506
Total revenue$516,282$757,009$522,921$552,506$454,987
Program services$495,672$476,674$480,260$500,202$492,636
Management and general$69,140$66,294$58,514$47,160$46,292
Total expenses$630,704$605,211$593,632$593,570$595,043
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($114,422)$151,798($70,711)($41,064)($140,056)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($114,422)$151,798($70,711)($41,064)($140,056)

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November 1, 1906 - Founded

Lima Rescue Mission was founded by Rev. Adam Welty to provide a haven for poor and homeless men. The Mission was originally located in a rented house at 207 E. North Street in Lima.

May 1914 - A Growing Need

In a short time, the Mission outgrew the house it occupied, and additional space was needed. A site at the corner of Central and Wayne was secured with a down payment of $200.

March 1916 - Construction Begins

Excavation began at the lot at Central and Wayne; construction was suspended during World War I, and resumed after the war.

June 1920 - Moving

The Mission finally moved in to its new three-story building at 216 E. Wayne Street.

1952 - Rev. James Welty named director; he served at the Mission from 1949-2008.

1974 - Camp Roberts summer ministry to inner-city children began; the camp is located on 54-acres in Shawnee Township.

1998 - Chuck Ferguson named director; he began work at the Mission in 1978.

Today - Ministry Continues

After 114 years, the ministry to poor and homeless men is carried on much as it always has been, providing food, shelter, and clothing as well as a Gospel witness to all who come for assistance.

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