Brother Bryan Rescue Mission

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Serving the economically, emotionally, and spiritually impoverished men of the Birmingham area.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Brother Bryan Rescue Mission
PO Box 11254
Birmingham, AL 35202


Phone: 205-322-0092


Organization details

EIN: 630322672

CEO/President: Jim Etheredge

Chairman: John Bell

Board size: 12


Year founded: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


BBM's goal is for each client to return to his family, church, and community: free from addiction, with stable employment and housing, and with healthy relationships toward God and others.

Mission statement

To equip our clients to return to their families, churches, and communities: 1) free from addiction 2) with stable employment and housing 3) and with healthy relationships with God and others.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the Universe, the co-eternal Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God became flesh in the human life of Jesus Christ, who was with God before the beginning of time.

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died an atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where, as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe that the Bible is God's authoritative and inspired Word, which, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, brings the very thoughts of God to the hearer's or reader's consciousness.

We believe that the role of the church in God's kingdom is worship and witness concerning its head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel to all people and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot experience the Kingdom of God except through the new birth. Justification is by grace, through faith, in Christ alone.

We believe in the triumphant return of Jesus Christ for His church, and life eternal in Heaven for the redeemed.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating721 of 940125 of 160
Fund acquisition rating592 of 942101 of 160
Resource allocation rating725 of 942123 of 160
Asset utilization rating504 of 94098 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$141,640$102,355$71,529$65,155$62,606
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$689,434$561,285$481,264$478,396$460,983
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,312,349$975,121$980,162$985,947$973,742
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,312,349$975,121$980,162$985,947$973,742
Total assets$2,001,783$1,536,406$1,461,426$1,464,343$1,434,725
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$92,700$0$56,489$63,776$70,761
Total liabilities$92,700$0$56,489$63,776$70,761
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,790,795$1,428,076$1,321,308$1,329,312$1,301,358
With donor restrictions$118,288$108,330$83,629$71,255$62,606
Net assets$1,909,083$1,536,406$1,404,937$1,400,567$1,363,964
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,212,876$914,462$739,736$708,073$822,466
Program service revenue$62,385$84,440$72,505$89,388$92,792
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,650$4,701$6,424$2,599$13,043
Other revenue$4,655$3,052$470$1,306$3,185
Total other revenue$75,690$92,193$79,399$93,293$109,020
Total revenue$1,288,566$1,006,655$819,135$801,366$931,486
Program services$660,536$643,084$596,663$521,319$503,190
Management and general$101,686$95,074$90,664$100,551$84,141
Total expenses$915,889$875,186$814,765$764,763$722,932
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$372,677$131,469$4,370$36,603$208,554
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$372,677$131,469$4,370$36,603$208,554


Jim EtheredgeExecutive Director$71,829

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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 7/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


The Reverend James Alexander Bryan, "Brother Bryan", was one of the best known and well thought of men to have lived in Birmingham, Alabama.

He came to Birmingham in 1889 to pastor the Third Presbyterian Church. He remained the pastor until his death in 1941.

It was said of Brother Bryan that he did more for the homeless of Birmingham than anyone before him. Before he died, Brother Bryan made a request to a few of his closest friends to establish a place that would take the poor and down-trodden men of Birmingham off the streets and give them food, shelter and care.

Dr. Henry Edmonds, Rev. James Mansfield, Judge Roger Snyder, Rev. James Cantrell and a few others began the mission in 1940 in five rooms on the top floor of a building located at 406 South 20th Street. On February 14, 1941 the mission was incorporated as the Brother Bryan Community Center.

Over the years the Mission changed its name to Brother Bryan Mission and moved three times before coming to the current location at 1616 Second Avenue North.

Today, Brother Bryan Mission is a 65 bed facility using the resources of food, clothing, shelter and other intangible assets to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in need of help and healing.

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