Open Air Campaigners US Incorporated

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Open Air Campaigners is an evangelistic ministry of preaching the gospel to lost people and mobilizing the body of Christ, primarily through effective open-air outreach.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box D
Nazareth, PA 18064-8064


Phone: (610) 746-0508


Organization details

EIN: 362420024

CEO/President: Mr. John Cutlip

Chairman: Mr. Rex Trent

Board size: 7

Founder: Mr. E. P. Field

Year founded: 1892

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


OAC/USA is trusting the Lord to use this ministry to impact 25 cities in America with the gospel through open air evangelism and other ministry by means of strategic establishment of branch ministries by the year 2025.

Mission statement

Open Air Campaigners is an evangelistic ministry of preaching the Gospel to lost people and mobilizing the body of Christ to do the same, primarily through effective open-air outreach.

Statement of faith

Open Air Campaigners subscribe to the following doctrine:

The Scriptures: We believe God inspired all the words of the Bible without error in the original writings to give mankind his authoritative message.

The Godhead: We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ: We believe in his full deity, his virgin birth, his real humanity, his sinless life, his substitutionary death, his bodily resurrection, his ascension into heaven, his present ministry as High Priest and his future personal return to this earth.

The Holy Spirit: We believe in his full deity. He convicts sinners and saves those who believe in Christ. He indwells, seals and places believers into the body of Christ. He gives spiritual gifts and the power to live the Christian life.

Man: We believe that God created all things as described in Genesis. We believe that the first man, Adam, sinned, bringing spiritual death to all mankind, who, therefore, stand condemned, making the new birth absolutely necessary.

Salvation: We believe that God gives eternal life to those who repent and put their faith in Christ alone, justifying them by the blood of Christ and imputing his righteousness to them.

The Church: We believe in the universal church to which all believers belong. We believe in the importance of the local church which is made up of believers who gather for worship, fellowship and teaching. We believe in the responsibility of the Church to fulfil the Great Commission of Christ, preaching the Gospel to all nations.

The Future: We believe in the eternal existence of the soul, the resurrection of the body, the eternal blessedness of believers, the eternal punishment of unbelievers.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating330 of 81915 of 45
Fund acquisition rating293 of 81917 of 45
Resource allocation rating494 of 81918 of 45
Asset utilization rating310 of 81916 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$28,931$21,787$19,252$21,197$33,757
Short-term investments$182,592$30,380$36,099$33,468$33,542
Other current assets$0$125,000$125,000$125,000$125,000
Total current assets$769,811$798,948$493,765$490,635$449,207
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$23,409$22,869$33,415$55,719$90,356
Other long-term assets$125,000$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$148,409$22,869$33,415$55,719$90,356
Total assets$918,220$821,817$527,180$546,354$539,563
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$3,837
Other current liabilities$15,869$16,900$17,858$18,748$19,574
Total current liabilities$15,869$16,900$17,858$18,748$23,411
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$15,869$16,900$17,858$18,748$23,411
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$125,000$125,000$125,000$125,000$125,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$902,351$804,917$509,322$527,606$516,152
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Total contributions$1,491,105$1,676,863$1,373,116$1,407,215$1,402,649
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$33,827($449)$6,076$2,430($51)
Other revenue$4,813$14,195$5,060$6,806$7,245
Total other revenue$38,640$13,746$11,136$9,236$7,194
Total revenue$1,529,745$1,690,609$1,384,252$1,416,451$1,409,843
Program services$1,201,490$1,165,001$1,177,167$1,180,359$1,197,011
Management and general$161,964$163,968$157,371$161,337$161,752
Total expenses$1,432,311$1,395,014$1,402,536$1,404,997$1,425,301
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$97,434$295,595($18,284)$11,454($15,458)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$125,000
Total change in net assets$97,434$295,595($18,284)$11,454$109,542


Brian HarmonBoard Member$133,144
John CutlipDirector of Central Services$80,582
Eric BriscoeBoard Member$72,663
Russ HodderBoard Member$43,455
Tom FoxChairman$22,026

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/26/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Open Air Campaigners began in 1892 When a lawyer in Australia named E. P. Field, began preaching the Gospel in Sydney. He was concerned that the majority of Australians did not attend church. If someone did not take the Gospel to them, how would they ever hear? The group of people who came to help E.P. Field first called themselves the New South Wales Prayer Band. Later, the name Open Air Campaigners was adopted.

Following the principle of taking the Gospel to where the people are, rather than waiting for them to come to us, Beach Sunday Schools began. OAC teams regularly took the Gospel to Australian beaches, reaching crowds of young people who rarely, if ever, went to Sunday School. OAC's evangelists have always been innovative. Early in our history, we adopted visual techniques, using sketch boards to illustrate our messages.

Before the second world war, we were using Gospel Wagons so teams could quickly take the Gospel to many people. We used music, drama, puppets, object lessons and more to communicate clearly and powerfully to non-captive audiences.

The hymn writer from America, Homer Rodeheaver, visited in Sydney and reported: "I have been in the thick of evangelistic work for 20 years; Billy Sunday and I thought we had explored every avenue of doing God's work effectively, but I have come to Sydney only to discover we have more to learn. Those efficiently equipped vans eclipse anything in America." It was not until 1956 that Open Air Campaigners came to North America when an invitation came from Dr. Paul Smith of the Peoples Church in Toronto, Canada. The team toured for seven weeks, ministering in key cities in the United States and Canada.

Jim Duffecy led the initial team and had a profound impact upon the entire history of the work in North America. Mr. Duffecy and his dear wife, Joyce, were born in Sydney, Australia. He was converted to Christ at the age of twelve at an Open Air Campaigners meeting at Coogee Beach. Joyce was four years old when the Lord saved her in Sydney. For twelve years, Jim was employed as a photo engraver on the staff of "The Sydney Sun," one of Australia's largest newspapers. Joining the staff of Open Air Campaigners in 1940, Mr. Duffecy spent three and a half years working with the Australian Army. After World War II, he became a staff evangelist in Sydney before being appointed as Field Director for OAC. In this position, he opened the first overseas branch of Open Air Campaigners in New Zealand in 1954, then during 1956, led the team mentioned above to Canada and the USA, which spearheaded the commencement of the first North American branch in Chicago. Jim and Joyce moved their family to the States the next year where Jim became North American Director and later opened the New York City branch during the 1964 World's Fair. He was appointed International Director at the first International Conference of Open Air Campaigners in 1966 and in 1978 became the International President.

Currently, the ministry of OAC extends to over 19 countries around the world. In the USA, OAC has established branches in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Other Open Air Campaigners staff minister in Florida, Maryland, Kansas, Minnesota, South Carolina and Wyoming.

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Open Air Campaigners is looking for committed Christians who are willing to use their gifts and abilities to glorify God as people are reached for Christ. A variety of gifts, talents and abilities are needed within our mission including; evangelists, follow-up secretaries, disciplers, church team workers, administrators, and bookkeepers. These positions can be filled by full-time, part-time or volunteer help, including retirees. Open Air Campaigners is a faith ministry whose staff members trust God to supply their personal and ministry needs through His people. Reasonable support levels are set for each person as they trust God to raise up churches and interested individuals for prayer and financial support.