World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions

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World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, proclaims Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, Christian education, and works of compassion within defined communities across geographic and cultural boundaries. Our goal in carrying out the Great Commission is to see men, women, and children accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be discipled in the membership of the local Church.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
918 S. Pleasantburg Dr. #218
Greenville, SC 29607


Phone: (864) 233-5226


Organization details

EIN: 570789692

CEO/President: Alex Pettett

Chairman: Matt Joldersma

Board size: 12


Year founded: 1907

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


The work of foreign missions is the effort of the Church to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord. World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions, is the Church organized for this work. The missionaries are the Church and the Board in action on the foreign field. With the Church, the Board and the missionaries being workers together in the common service of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is essential that the fullest sympathy and harmony should characterize all their relations with one another. Such harmonious and pleasant relations, it is deeply felt, depends far less on formal rules than on our common experience of divine grace--the grace which inspires meekness, forbearance and love.

And yet there are certain methods of procedure which long experience has proved wise. This manual is a formulation of those methods into policies according to which the Board will conduct the work committed to it. In the interest of good understanding and efficient cooperation, missionaries and candidates for appointment are asked to familiarize themselves with these policies. Those who have devoted their lives utterly to the giving of the Gospel of Christ to a lost world and who go forth in His Spirit of self-sacrifice and service will not look at these policies as irksome laws, but as guides to the harmonious working out of the plan of God through His Church.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

World Witness uses the following to express its mission:

Our purpose is to plant healthy, reproducing God-glorifying churches, which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine and Presbyterian in structure, in defined communities across geographic and cultural boundaries.

World Witness realizes this purpose by sending and supporting missionaries and by mobilizing ARP churches to do so. Our missionaries proclaim Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, Christian education and works of compassion.

Statement of faith

The basic Statement of Faith of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination is the Westminster Confession.

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating328 of 84447 of 103
Fund acquisition rating204 of 84431 of 103
Resource allocation rating545 of 84468 of 103
Asset utilization rating370 of 84447 of 103

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$394,286$197,073$265,971$254,690$164,633
Short-term investments$1,242,209$1,177,369$1,415,544$1,292,032$1,323,563
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,105,129$3,022,025$3,132,779$3,009,471$2,565,350
Long-term investments$19,143$16,891$18,750$17,464$17,290
Fixed assets$191,969$136,249$149,587$561,576$731,491
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$211,112$153,140$168,337$579,040$748,781
Total assets$3,316,241$3,175,165$3,301,116$3,588,511$3,314,131
Payables and accrued expenses$182,960$384,554$200,714$210,795$174,568
Other current liabilities$28,798$23,951$30,889$37,157$0
Total current liabilities$211,758$408,505$231,603$247,952$174,568
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$211,758$408,505$231,603$247,952$174,568
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$1,223,765$1,881,652$1,091,812$1,315,901$1,531,215
Permanently restricted$769,321$0$769,321$769,321$769,321
Net assets$3,104,483$2,766,660$3,069,513$3,340,559$3,139,563
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Total contributions$5,356,917$5,317,626$4,870,445$5,000,290$4,891,972
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$235,720($44,801)$187,775$103,478$33,708
Other revenue$3,121$73,784($70,305)$81,624$415,472
Total other revenue$238,841$28,983$117,470$185,102$449,180
Total revenue$5,595,758$5,346,609$4,987,915$5,185,392$5,341,152
Program services$4,238,122$4,528,393$4,452,998$4,214,560$4,169,833
Management and general$848,821$848,736$596,382$581,540$584,081
Total expenses$5,257,935$5,649,462$5,258,506$4,984,396$4,940,318
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$337,823($302,853)($270,591)$200,996$400,834
Other changes in net assets$0$0($455)$0$0
Total change in net assets$337,823($302,853)($271,046)$200,996$400,834


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/30/2020. To update the information below, please email:


World Witness is the foreign missions agency of the ARP Church. Our first missionaries were sent in 1875 to Mexico and Pakistan. Our fields have broadened to now include England, Germany, France, Lithuania, Spain, Wales and Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3).

This includes Christian Hospital Sahiwal in Pakistan, reaching 40,000 Pakistanis annually, and Christian schools in Pakistan, educating 700 students annually. In addition, satellite TV ministries are reaching into unreached areas in the Middle East.

Program accomplishments

Since 1875 the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has sent out missionaries to Egypt, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine, and other countries around the world. World Witness currently has over 30 Full-Time Missionaries in 16 different Fields.

We proclaim Christ as Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, theological education and works of compassion in order to plant and support churches which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine and Presbyterian in structure.

Some of these outreaches include:

  • Bridge Europe that works with Muslims in Europe.
  • Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3) that travels to Third World seminaries providing training for theology students.
  • Ethne Outfitters (with Outreach North America) that builds bridges to Muslims in the US and Canada as well as train ARP's to understand and reach out to Muslims.
  • Short-Term Mission Trips
  • Christian Hospital Sahiwal, Paksitan
  • Nurse Sponsorships and Child Sponsorships
  • Schools and other Projects
  • Pastor mentorship
  • Church planting


  • Missionary support
  • Project support
  • Nurse/Physician Scholarships
  • Child Sponsorships