Three Angels Broadcasting Network Inc


Three Angels Broadcasting Network offers a wide variety of family friendly Christian programming, 24 hours a day. Believing a healthy mind promotes a healthy spiritual life, 3ABN considers health programming to be of particular importance. 3ABN broadcasts eight television networks.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Three Angels Broadcasting Network
PO Box 220
West Frankfort, IL 62896


Phone: (618) 627-4651


Organization details

EIN: 371179056

CEO/President: Greg Morikone

Chairman: Bruce Fjarli

Board size: 10

Founder: Danny Shelton

Year founded: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) is the "Mending Broken People Network," a 24-hour Christian television and radio network. 3ABN's focus is to present programming which will reach people right where they are hurting.

Mission statement

The mission of 3ABN is to proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, and herald his soon return. We do this through the medium of television, radio, and the internet. It is also our mission to continue the healing ministry of Christ through programs on various health and recovery topics.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating359 of 72511 of 22
Fund acquisition rating26 of 7262 of 22
Resource allocation rating347 of 72610 of 22
Asset utilization rating701 of 72521 of 22

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,955,305$2,269,368$2,344,494$4,347,670$4,669,306
Short-term investments$5,998,010$3,758,304$3,020,839$3,089,088$3,415,453
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,118,574$10,786,963$6,931,984$8,271,986$8,755,183
Long-term investments$22,925,000$22,925,000$22,925,000$22,925,000$22,925,000
Fixed assets$8,947,842$9,542,686$10,578,235$11,336,601$10,205,778
Other long-term assets$53,674,832$58,492,498$64,450,156$65,397,180$64,041,966
Total long-term assets$85,547,674$90,960,184$97,953,391$99,658,781$97,172,744
Total assets$95,666,248$101,747,147$104,885,375$107,930,767$105,927,927
Payables and accrued expenses$1,083,852$1,354,635$10,843,843$10,049,636$6,010,946
Other current liabilities$6,880$0$0$0$8,500
Total current liabilities$1,090,732$1,354,635$10,843,843$10,049,636$6,019,446
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$61,432,607$67,038,481$73,602,188$74,984,627$73,938,790
Total long-term liabilities$61,432,607$67,038,481$73,604,646$74,993,434$73,952,921
Total liabilities$62,523,339$68,393,116$84,448,489$85,043,070$79,972,367
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Temporarily restricted$21,851,334$20,933,448$19,756,815$19,066,725$19,768,056
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$33,142,909$33,354,031$20,436,886$22,887,697$25,955,560
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$13,173,328$13,827,079$12,367,433$13,373,686$13,992,943
Program service revenue$1,140,513$1,141,830$1,178,417$1,107,620$1,157,569
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$63,328$12,056,787$77,586$393,869($92,158)
Other revenue($230,891)$364,697($85,472)($641,338)$107,386
Total other revenue$972,950$13,563,314$1,170,531$860,151$1,172,797
Total revenue$14,146,278$27,390,393$13,537,964$14,233,837$15,165,740
Program services$11,510,654$11,133,478$12,353,476$12,380,711$13,616,361
Management and general$2,846,746$3,339,770$3,635,299$4,920,989$3,155,517
Total expenses$14,357,400$14,473,248$15,988,775$17,301,700$16,771,878
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($211,122)$12,917,145($2,450,811)($3,067,863)($1,606,138)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($211,122)$12,917,145($2,450,811)($3,067,863)($1,606,138)

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Three Angels Broadcasting Network began in the early morning hours of November 15, 1984 when Danny Shelton, a carpenter from Southern Illinois, was kept awake by troubling thoughts.

As he recalled the Christian television stations where he and his daughter Melody had sung gospel music, he felt concerned about the way God was misrepresented at times. Longing to find a way to express God's love to the world, he suddenly felt strongly impressed to "build a television station that would reach the world with the undiluted three angels' messages [of Revelation 14]. One that would counteract the counterfeit."

Although he had no degree in communications, nor any experience in television, Danny immediately began to explore the ideas that finally developed into Three Angels Broadcasting Network.

He visited a pastor friend, Hal Steenson, who had some television equipment, sharing what he was impressed to do. His friend told him that someone had recently offered to buy his equipment, but he had been strongly impressed to keep it until God directed him otherwise. Then, to his amazement, Hal volunteered to donate the equipment to him a short time later!

Many more things happened in the next few months. As Danny began speaking at area churches, others began to catch his vision. Mrs. Fonda Summers donated two acres of land in Thompsonville, Illinois, on which to build the station. Later, when a microwave signal interference study was conducted on the property, an amazed technician remarked, "Mr. Shelton, you must be the luckiest man I know, because you have a clean sweep of every satellite in the horizon without microwave interference on those two acres. This is probably one of the only sites left in all of southern Illinois!"

A visit to the local Christian television station a few days later brought about another conversation, this time with Clarence Larson, the station engineer. After introducing himself to Danny, he pulled him aside and said, "I don't know why I'm telling you this, but I believe a satellite uplink station could be built here in southern Illinois out in the Thompsonville area." Interestingly, Clarence volunteered this information with no knowledge of Danny's dream.

As progress on the project continued, Clarence began helping Danny. One day he realized that three-phase power would be required to operate the station, but the cost to run lines from the nearest main road was prohibitive. Upon investigation, he discovered three-phase power lines a few hundred feet (about a hundred meters) away from the property-simply following a country road. When Danny contacted the power company, he asked why those lines ran through open fields, away from any factories or heavy machinery. The power company response? "We honestly have no idea."

As Danny moved forward in faith, the doors continued to open. A satellite uplink dish manufacturer agreed to begin building a nearly $400,000 satellite dish with only $10,000 down payment, and over the next few months, studio and office facilities were built and equipment was purchased and installed-without incurring any debt!

Amazingly, on November 23, 1986, just over two years after Danny had been impressed to build it, Three Angels Broadcasting Network began to broadcast on satellite.

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