Bill Glass Behind the Walls

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Bill Glass Behind the Walls was founded in 1969 with one mission: to assist the Church by equipping and igniting Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with the "least of these." Each year thousands of volunteers join our prison ministry to lead tens of thousands of inmates to life-changing decisions for Jesus. In the first 40 years more than 1,000,000 of these decisions were recorded. For a great number of the volunteers our event was the first experience in sharing the Gospel with others, and has since emboldened them to step out of the "comfort zone" to be more active in sharing their faith. By learning to share faith in prison you are tapped into a unique training opportunity with eternal significance with a proven impact on society.

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:
1101 South Cedar Ridge Dr
Duncanville, TX 75137


Phone: (972) 298-1101


Organization details

EIN: 752733954

CEO/President: James Marvine

Chairman: David Reid

Board size: 21

Founder: Bill Glass

Year founded: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Champions for Life ("CFL") is unique because they equip Christians for front-line evangelism and immediately put the soldiers for Christ on the front line in the world's cities, schools and prisons. They like to say that their Ministry is 10% training and 90% application. CFL strives to evangelize individuals in prisons, schools, and cities-throughout America. The vision for the ministry is to significantly expand the scope and effectiveness of its key areas of ministry: prison evangelism, citywide celebrations, and youth outreach programs, while maintaining or increasing the quality of each program.

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).

Formerly Bill Glass Ministries, the name Champions for Life was adopted January 1, 2002. All those who come to know Christ as savior are "eternal winners," hence the name "Champions for Life."

Note: In 2004 the Organization changed its fiscal year from Deccember 31 to June 30. As a result, the latest financial statements are for a six month period only and will not be rated. The latest rating on 2003 financial data will stand until the next full reporting year.

Mission statement

Champions for Life uses the following to communicate its mission:

To train, mobilize and prepare Christian volunteers for frontline evangelism in prisons, schools and cities so that the body of Christ is equipped and motivated to evangelize the world.

Statement of faith

Champions for Life uses the following to communicate its faith:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose dwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating344 of 81919 of 45
Fund acquisition rating373 of 81922 of 45
Resource allocation rating368 of 81914 of 45
Asset utilization rating376 of 81920 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$68,353$104,986$86,871$107,572$112,597
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$1,947$25,979$23,031$21,044$13,455
Total current assets$1,312,942$948,720$1,405,749$963,915$729,573
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$654,646$733,008$682,379$572,801$557,235
Other long-term assets$5,835$53,308$64,151$81,541$92,648
Total long-term assets$660,481$786,316$746,530$654,342$649,883
Total assets$1,973,423$1,735,036$2,152,279$1,618,257$1,379,456
Payables and accrued expenses$38,144$89,838$43,634$44,439$41,083
Other current liabilities$12,414$12,414$12,414$0$0
Total current liabilities$50,558$102,252$56,048$44,439$41,083
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$29,325$42,592$55,037$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$29,325$42,592$55,037$0$0
Total liabilities$79,883$144,844$111,085$44,439$41,083
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$129,957$69,738$136,447$78,420$30,958
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,893,540$1,590,192$2,041,194$1,573,818$1,338,373
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,978,036$2,355,242$3,551,280$2,721,148$2,791,535
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,478$85,904$0$0$0
Other revenue$9,581$14,905$18,025$49,090$9,733
Total other revenue$14,059$100,809$18,025$49,090$9,733
Total revenue$2,992,095$2,456,051$3,569,305$2,770,238$2,801,268
Program services$2,342,194$2,550,267$2,684,804$2,381,659$2,349,368
Management and general$182,020$180,895$306,246$93,312$128,823
Total expenses$2,688,747$2,907,053$3,101,929$2,534,793$2,517,901
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$303,348($451,002)$467,376$235,445$283,367
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$303,348($451,002)$467,376$235,445$283,367


Marvine JimPresident/CEO$163,001
Glass BillDirector$80,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

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 7/9/2019. To update the information below, please email:


In February 1969 the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association, Inc. was incorporated to proclaim and to publish the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world. Effective January 1, 1987, the affiliate responsible for conducting prison ministries in several States merged its operations into the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association, Inc. Effective November 1995 the organization changed its name to Bill Glass Ministries. On January 1, 2002, the name Champions for Life was adopted.

Program accomplishments

  • Champions for Life has gone in front of 2,874,801 people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and 844,537 alone were youth under 20 years of age.
  • The Good News was shared by 87,312 Christian volunteers.
  • In the last two years alone, 5,712 first-time volunteers were trained to share their faith.
  • Since 1992, 623,372 people accepted Christ as Savior, redirected their lives to Jesus or were reassured of their salvation. Of these totals 203,956 were youth.
  • In 2005, Champions hope to conduct Weekend of Champions or Day of Champions in 600 prisons annually across America, with 50,000 active teammates and 200,000 decisions annually.
  • They will hold their first Virginia WOC event coming in the summer of 2005.
  • Champions will have their first full-scale International Missions Trip in 2005; which includes taking a team of 75-100 volunteer teammates to minister in International prisons.


Champions for Life asks for prayer in these specific areas:

1. Openness to the Holy Spirit
2. Safety and protection while traveling to and from prisons
3. A 35% increase in new volunteer Teammates to share Christ in prison
4. Adequate financing to share Christ with almost 250,000 inmates

Champions for Life would also like people to get involved with them.

Champions for Life asks to be supported financially. Virtually all of the organization's financial support comes from dedicated Teammates.