Family Life Communications Inc (previously Family Life Broadcasting System)

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We're a network of 41 Christian radio stations reaching more than 17 million people in our broadcast areas. Our listener-supported ministry will celebrate it's 55th year of ministry in 2021.

As you enjoy Family Life Radio, we also encourage you to learn more about our flagship program, Intentional Living with Dr. Randy Carlson. It will help you grow closer to God and set you on a path toward living a life that is pleasing to Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Family Life Radio
PO Box 35300
Tucson, AZ 85740-5740


Phone: (800) 776-1070


Organization details

EIN: 860796113

CEO/President: Dr. Randy Carlson / Evan Carlson

Chairman: Dr. Randy Carlson

Board size: 7

Founder: Mr. Warren Bolthouse

Ruling year: 2000

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


To see individuals, families, churches and nations of the world transformed - as evidenced by individuals living an intentional life in Christ.

Mission statement

To be a Biblical, Christ-centered communications and educational ministry dedicated to reaching people and igniting transformation within by affirming faith, inspiring hope and equipping each person to live an intentional life in Christ.

Statement of faith

What We Believe

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)

We believe that the Bible in its entirety (composed of 66 books) is the Holy, infallible Word of God; that it is and ever shall be the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and the final authority in all spiritual matters. (II Timothy 3:16)

We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Son. We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and by His voluntary sacrificial death on Calvary and by His bodily and visible resurrection from the dead, paid the penalty of sin and purchased eternal life for all. (Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:20, 21, 25; John 19:17-19; 20:16, 17)

We believe that God created the universe and that it was perfect; that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin; that all men are sinners by nature and under God's condemnation. (Genesis 1:1, 2, 27; Romans 5:18a)

We believe that salvation is the gift of God, by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins; that this salvation is the possession of those who by faith accept Christ as their personal Savior. We believe that there is no other way of salvation. (John 3:16; 16:7-11; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:5, 8)

We believe that the Holy Spirit, who is a Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that it is by His power that the born-again Christian is enabled to live the Christian life. (Matthew 28:18, 19; Romans 8:1, 14)

We believe that the Bible teaches that each believer can and is commanded to live in separation from all worldly and sinful practices. (II Corinthians 6:17)

We believe that the Scriptural local church is made up of born-again believers, joined together for the purpose of spiritual fellowship, Christian growth and the propagation of the Gospel.

We believe that every born-again Christian should be an active member of such a church; that the local church is God's prime instrument of testimony in this age; that the work of Christian teaching and of worldwide evangelism is entrusted first to such churches; and that no organization or fellowship should have priority over such a church. (Hebrews 10:25)

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He is interceding for each believer; that He will bodily and visibly return again.

We believe that God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus; that those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ shall dwell eternally with Him, and that those who refuse His offer of salvation shall eternally be cast into the Lake of Fire. (John 14:1-3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8)

We believe that marriage was instituted by God as a picture of His love for His church with the intent that it would be a life-long heterosexual union between one woman and one man, to the exclusion of any other person, without separation or divorce; resulting in mutual spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy. (I Corinthians 7:3-5; 7:10-11; Genesis 2:24)

We believe that each parent has a God given responsibility to nurture, love, protect and discipline their children; with the hope of raising a responsible adult, and doing so without being harsh or punitive in the execution of their responsibility. (Ephesians 6:1-4)

We believe that God created human life to begin at conception and end at death; and that each human being, no matter their age, appearance, physical or mental challenges, race, born or unborn, to be of priceless value and of great worth. (John 3:16; Psalm 139:13-14)

We believe that Family Life Communications' success is dependent upon a unified group of employees, board members and volunteers who each willingly, and without reservation, agree with the tenets of this statement of faith and will commit to pattern their life and relationships in accordance with it.

This statement of faith cannot be altered in any way without the expressed approval of the Board of Directors of Family Life Communications Incorporated.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating354 of 99914 of 34
Fund acquisition rating497 of 100118 of 34
Resource allocation rating183 of 10016 of 34
Asset utilization rating603 of 99921 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$148,186$73,629$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,255,078$5,997,507$5,557,205$6,024,316$5,881,791
Long-term investments$1,975,832$1,928,927$1,989,209$1,750,961$1,708,876
Fixed assets$3,528,444$3,502,854$4,390,771$3,918,460$3,981,594
Other long-term assets$4,655,768$4,472,692$3,386,026$4,145,935$4,163,092
Total long-term assets$10,160,044$9,904,473$9,766,006$9,815,356$9,853,562
Total assets$18,415,122$15,901,980$15,323,211$15,839,672$15,735,353
Payables and accrued expenses$393,522$246,654$415,112$440,091$344,707
Other current liabilities$601,232$30,500$0$200,272$183,669
Total current liabilities$994,754$277,154$415,112$640,363$528,376
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$207,705$237,255$408,125$435,042$459,042
Total long-term liabilities$207,705$237,255$408,125$1,695,864$2,126,209
Total liabilities$1,202,459$514,409$823,237$2,336,227$2,654,585
Net assets20202019201720162015
Without donor restrictions$17,209,262$15,368,220$14,496,572$13,498,523$13,075,846
With donor restrictions$3,401$19,351$3,402$4,922$4,922
Net assets$17,212,663$15,387,571$14,499,974$13,503,445$13,080,768
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,060,366$9,483,222$9,150,645$9,100,632$9,097,233
Program service revenue$58,642$48,279$131,620$60,714$104,790
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$135,050$220,975$286,154$229,756$159,292
Other revenue$664,831$491,883$95,668$91,086$125,028
Total other revenue$858,523$761,137$513,442$381,556$389,110
Total revenue$10,918,889$10,244,359$9,664,087$9,482,188$9,486,343
Program services$7,961,649$8,067,843$7,761,371$7,730,217$8,196,879
Management and general$495,611$491,186$444,659$444,099$494,562
Total expenses$9,093,827$9,261,268$8,893,135$8,863,302$9,393,418
Change in net assets20202019201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,825,062$983,091$770,952$618,886$92,925
Other changes in net assets$0$0$225,577($196,209)$0
Total change in net assets$1,825,062$983,091$996,529$422,677$92,925


Randy L CarlsonCEO/Chairman$236,831
Evan CarlsonPresident/COO Dir.$130,386
Rodney RobisonChief Advancement Officer$99,437
Michael KankelfritzAnnouncer/Program Dir.$97,252
Mack A PiotrowskiTreasurer/CFOO$90,179
Adam BiddellChief Broadcast Systems Officer$86,564
Sally BartonChief Broadcast Engagement Officer$82,866
Dawn HeitgerChief Development & Marketing Office$55,395

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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 9/22/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Family Life Radio is the product of the desire and vision God gave to Warren Bolthouse. It's no surprise that Warren is the son of a builder, because for 30 years he has been dedicated to building the ministry of Family Life Radio. He and his wife, Char, met in their teenage years while singing and traveling with the "Children's Bible Hour." They were married in 1947.

From there, Warren and Char were called to be involved as music ministers, assistant pastors or youth directors for church ministries in Michigan and New York. Even in the midst of this pastoral work, the couple had a dream of seeing non-commercial Christian radio in every home. Following their ministry in New York, Warren and Char and their five children moved back to Michigan and settled in the Jackson area. It was there, in a clapboard house on Jericho Road, that the dream of Christian radio started to come alive. Family Life Radio was born in the basement studio of Warren and Char's home, with a 30-minute radio program for teenagers.

The history of Family Life Radio is captured in the book "On The Jericho Road: The Family Life Radio Story."

Program accomplishments


Support for the work of Family Life Broadcasting System comes primarily form the financial gifts of its listeners.