Elim Christian Services

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At Elim, we know that each individual has been made in their Creator's image and has a God-given purpose. Our mission is to equip people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with their communities.

Elim's vision is to see people with disabilities thriving in their communities. We are dedicated to working to equip each student, adult participant, and our community partners to make this happen. Over 400 staff members serve children and adults on one of Elim's two campuses (Crestwood and Orland Park, Illinois), while hundreds more benefit from our school consulting services through Elim Learning.

Elim Christian School educates students 3-22 who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Elim Christian School also has a program that is specifically designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Elim Adult Services also provides opportunities for participants to minister to the needs of others by assembling school supplies that they distribute to children in area schools.

Elim's Learning Program makes an impact by providing consulting services to schools, partnering with international schools, and through Elim organizational learning initiatives. Learning provides direct and consultative support to 15 Christian schools nationally, providing expertise in special education to schools that do not have this resource.

Through International Outreach, Elim's staff shares the special education knowledge and expertise that they have acquired throughout Elim's history with other educators worldwide. Through our main campus in Crestwood and our Outreach partnerships nationally, Elim Christian Services assists over 900 persons with disabilities. Although we are a Christian organization, our services are open to all individuals with disabilities regardless of their religious affiliation.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Elim Christian Services
13020 S Central Ave
Crestwood, IL 60418

Website: elimcs.org

Phone: 708-389-0555

Email: info@elimcs.org

Organization details

EIN: 362276614

CEO/President: Bill Lodewyk

Chairman: Lynae Schleyer

Board size: 12

Founder: Dutch Reformed church members

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2005


Elim Christian Services strives to see people with disabilities thriving in their communities.

Mission statement

Elim Christian Services equips people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with communities.

Statement of faith

The foundation of the mission of Elim Christian Services is based on the conviction that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. The Bible provides a Christian world and life view that gives purpose, definition, and context to Elim's ministry to children and adults with disabilities.

Empowered by this vision, Elim Christian Services recognizes its obligation to provide those with disabilities a Christian education and training in vocational and life skills that will equip them to achieve their highest God-given potential. Elim is committed to and rooted in the Bible as the infallible Word of God, and stands within the tradition of the Reformation.

Elim's heritage as a ministry is rooted specifically in the Reformed faith as expressed in the teachings of John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, and in several Christian denominations from the Reformed tradition.

In 1952, Elim Christian School was named a benevolent cause of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and continues to maintain a close relationship with that denomination.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating209 of 91310 of 45
Fund acquisition rating388 of 91518 of 45
Resource allocation rating175 of 9159 of 45
Asset utilization rating380 of 91319 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,600,854$2,218,932$2,632,736$2,686,594$2,989,344
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,887,068$5,476,976$6,774,705$6,097,917$6,524,694
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$17,209,684$17,900,353$18,636,683$19,307,878$20,357,924
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$17,209,684$17,900,353$18,636,683$19,307,878$20,357,924
Total assets$26,096,752$23,377,329$25,411,388$25,405,795$26,882,618
Payables and accrued expenses$1,077,244$793,862$1,807,725$838,934$1,087,169
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,077,244$793,862$1,807,725$838,934$1,087,169
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$313,218$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$8,700,112$9,136,985$10,100,945$10,663,144$11,919,300
Total liabilities$9,777,356$9,930,847$11,908,670$11,502,078$13,006,469
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$15,609,651$12,499,313$12,728,517$12,382,130$12,356,059
With donor restrictions$709,745$947,169$774,201$1,521,587$1,520,090
Net assets$16,319,396$13,446,482$13,502,718$13,903,717$13,876,149
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,716,628$3,880,524$4,728,480$2,925,449$3,120,394
Program service revenue$20,627,093$20,676,829$20,718,501$19,697,003$19,780,385
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($51,497)$255$0$0$110
Other revenue$32,784($48,365)$4,262($95,213)($78,079)
Total other revenue$20,608,380$20,628,719$20,722,763$19,601,790$19,702,416
Total revenue$28,325,008$24,509,243$25,451,243$22,527,239$22,822,810
Program services$22,192,089$21,411,916$22,530,110$19,452,427$19,465,618
Management and general$2,693,364$2,574,904$2,801,885$2,595,900$2,559,553
Total expenses$25,452,094$24,565,479$25,852,242$22,499,671$22,504,374
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$2,872,914($56,236)($400,999)$27,568$318,436
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,872,914($56,236)($400,999)$27,568$318,436


Dr William LodewykPresident$213,272
Robert MarshVice President$179,538
Robert HookerVice President of Finance$172,710
Michael OtteDir. Children's Services$145,336
Stacey DeGrootDir. Human Resources$132,701
Dan VanderPlaatsDir. Advancement$125,345
Dr Vanesa Scott-ThompsonVice President of Program$64,585

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/28/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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