Bethany Christian Services


Bethany Christian Services (BCS) is a pro-life, Christian adoption and family services agency. Besides working as an adoption agency, its care extends to people struggling with unplanned pregnancies, infertility, and a multitude of other challenges. Bethany Christian Services is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
901 Eastern Ave. NE
PO Box 294
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0294


Phone: (616) 224-7610


Organization details

EIN: 381405282

CEO/President: Mr. Chris Palusky


Board size: 18

Founder: Marguerite Bonnema and Mary DeBoer

Year founded: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Bethany Christian Services (BCS) is a pro-life, Christian adoption and family services agency. Besides working as an adoption agency, its care extends to people struggling with unplanned pregnancies, infertility, and a multitude of other challenges.

BCS restores, preserves, and builds families through a comprehensive range of therapeutic and adoption services. Throughout the country, individuals, couples, families, and referral sources rely on Bethany's responsive and compassionate professionals to provide the care they need. Bethany Christian Services provides birthparent counseling, domestic infant and special needs adoption, international adoption, foster care and family counseling, residential treatment and refugee services.

Bethany Christian Services is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Bethany Christian Services uses the following to express its mission:

Bethany Christian Services demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth and strengthening families through quality social services.

Statement of faith

Bethany Christian uses the following to express it Statement of Faith:

  • We believe that the sovereign, triune God created the world out of nothing. The heavens and the earth are His handiwork. Man and woman were made in His image as the crown of His creation. All His creation reflects His greatness and power; it was, as He Himself said, "Very good!"

  • God gave Adam and Eve important work to do in His world as His representatives on earth. He also gave them the ability to conceive and bear children. God Himself begins each human life at conception and gives to each person meaning , dignity, and value as His image bearer.

  • Sin entered the world because Adam and Eve disobey God and tried to be like Him. By nature all people, therefore, are estranged from God and live in a world thoroughly corrupted by sin. But, in Jesus Christ, God has provided redemption and forgiveness for those who trust. Him. Jesus is the Savior who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one in whom we are called to pout our hope and He is the one in whom God is renewing all His things. He is Lord of creation.

  • In matters of faith and life the Bible is the final authority because it is the Word of God. It points us with full reliability to Jesus, God's Son. It tells us that we receive forgiveness of sins by faith in Jesus Christ, that God provides salvation by grace alone for those who repent and believe. Forgiveness comes through the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ, Who was born in our flesh, who took our place in His death, who rose from the dead, and now sits in glory at His Father's right hand. There He intercedes and prays for His people. In the Spirit, He comes to us here and now, and gathers those whom He has redeemed into His church. Through His Spirit, Jesus is direction God's great work of making all things new.

  • We believe, therefore, that the Christian church and the Christian community have the obligation to protect, preserve and enhance life as fully as possible for each person-born and unborn. People are to be called to a life of faith in Christ and enabled as God's representatives to be busy in His mission until His kingdom fully comes. For this responsibility, the Spirit of God enables us and gives us hope. With all believers we long for that day when Jesus will return as triumphant King. Then, He will gather us to Himself as one new family in Christ Jesus and throughout eternity fully enhance the lives of His children as citizens of His kingdom, sons and daughters in their Father's house. We face that day without fear, for the Judge is our Savior and Lord! To Him be the glory!

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating143 of 5002 of 22
Fund acquisition rating179 of 5004 of 22
Resource allocation rating206 of 5006 of 22
Asset utilization rating179 of 5006 of 22

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,721,585$14,877,789$15,429,928$14,268,361$13,194,704
Short-term investments$32,913,104$28,958,055$33,692,845$30,713,071$28,702,551
Other current assets$203,608$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$53,545,643$47,979,481$52,685,474$48,574,864$45,177,829
Long-term investments$515,658$751,147$850,016$559,813$585,351
Fixed assets$25,535,466$18,587,682$17,715,895$17,413,896$15,152,226
Other long-term assets$198,000$220,000$220,000$0$0
Total long-term assets$26,249,124$19,558,829$18,785,911$17,973,709$15,737,577
Total assets$79,794,767$67,538,310$71,471,385$66,548,573$60,915,406
Payables and accrued expenses$11,856,457$9,455,744$9,292,326$8,186,540$8,774,744
Other current liabilities$4,985,991$3,711,221$7,375,589$3,435,895$3,119,132
Total current liabilities$16,842,448$13,166,965$16,667,915$11,622,435$11,893,876
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$235,248$245,625$297,235$309,467$303,613
Total long-term liabilities$9,680,710$6,275,208$3,803,978$8,303,169$6,384,895
Total liabilities$26,523,158$19,442,173$20,471,893$19,925,604$18,278,771
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$3,099,683$2,865,944$1,809,693$1,744,725$489,850
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$179,325$172,674
Net assets$53,271,609$48,096,137$50,999,492$46,622,969$42,636,635
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$113,662,763$101,595,566$91,449,696$84,538,247$74,370,400
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,321,291($2,402,498)$3,970,583$0$0
Other revenue$19,513,873$22,039,749$24,654,966$26,808,089$23,307,082
Total other revenue$24,835,164$19,637,251$28,625,549$26,808,089$23,307,082
Total revenue$138,497,927$121,232,817$120,075,245$111,346,336$97,677,482
Program services$110,868,508$105,278,196$98,779,702$91,741,472$81,821,147
Management and general$15,093,782$11,625,750$10,989,423$10,011,512$9,384,727
Total expenses$132,214,766$123,279,985$115,698,722$107,360,002$96,274,775
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$6,283,161($2,047,168)$4,376,523$3,986,334$1,402,707
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,283,161($2,047,168)$4,376,523$3,986,334$1,402,707

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Bethany Christian Services began in 1944 as the fulfillment of a dream shared by two young women, Marguerite Bonnema and Mary DeBoer, who wanted to establish a Christian residence for homeless children. With the assistance of businessman Andrew VanderVeer, they established the Bethany Home. Their humble ministry has grown into an international team of nearly 900 dedicated professionals actively ministering to children and families.

Bethany is widely known as an adoption agency, but our Christian care extends to people struggling with unplanned pregnancies, infertility, and a multitude of other challenges. For more than fifty-five years, Bethany has responded with compassion, integrity, and commitment to the needs of children and families.

Today, the children who found shelter in the Bethany Home are grandparents. Their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren, remind us how an act of faith can resonate through many generations.

Each person is precious in the eyes of God.

Program accomplishments


Bethany Christian Services ministry needs are:

Volunteers in these areas

  • Special Friends: to develop a one-on-one relationship with a child in foster care. Role models and mentors and help a youngster discover his or her unique qualities.
  • Special Events:Bethany needs extra hands at fundraisers, picnics, golf outings.
  • Transporter:Personal vehicles are needed to transport children to their appointments. One will help children build a brighter future for themselves and their families.
  • 1 800 BETHANY:Bethany Christian Services has a nationwide pregnancy line needs volunteers to answer the telephones.They provide information about services for pregnant women seeking alternatives to abortion (12 hours of training is required; call 616 224 7457 for more information).
  • Clerical Aids:If one has some time to spare, Bethany can always use help answering telephones, doing data entry, or preparing special mailings.
  • Donations:Many offices need gently-used beds, dressers, and cribs,food donations are always welcome, especially during the Holiday season,new infant sleepers are also needed for adopted babies who leave the hospital with their forever families, new baby blankets are also appreciated.