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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bill Glass Behind the Walls
1101 South Cedar Ridge Dr
Duncanville, TX 75137


Phone: (972) 298-1101


Organization details

EIN: 752733954

CEO/President: Michael Nolan

Chairman: Bill Glass

Board size: 20

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.

Mission statement

Our Mission Statement: To assist the church by equipping and igniting Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with the "least of these."

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 spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating266 of 94115 of 46
Fund acquisition rating470 of 94324 of 46
Resource allocation rating245 of 94313 of 46
Asset utilization rating377 of 94116 of 46

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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
Without donor restrictions$1,763,583$1,520,454$1,904,747$1,495,398$1,307,415
With donor restrictions$129,957$69,738$136,447$78,420$30,958
Net assets$1,893,540$1,590,192$2,041,194$1,573,818$1,338,373
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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
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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$110,732
Glass BillDirector$79,532

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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 7/9/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Early on, Bill Glass noticed an unusual aspect of athletic success: When he talked, people listened. More than that, people asked him to talk. As a star football player in high school, an all-American at Baylor, and a defensive stalwart during eleven years in the NFL, Glass was regularly invited to stand up and say a few words. As his friends will tell you, Glass has always been an utterly straightforward sort of person. So when he stood to talk, he spoke about the things closest to his heart. He talked about sports, and he talked about Christ. And thus, a dynamic nationwide ministry was born.

His Dallas-based ministry is now called Bill Glass Behind the Walls. With a dedicated staff and volunteers numbering in the thousands, the ministry is known for its high-energy Day of Champions and Weekend of Champions events conducted inside prisons across the country. Bill says a board member kept badgering him to take his message into prison. "I kept resisting. I was frightened that I wouldn't fit in with street kids and gangsters in prison." After overcoming his fears, he saw dramatic results. "I was thrown into it kicking and screaming, but the response from the inmates was just unbelievable," he said.

He has spent much of the last forty years 'behind the walls.' He has taken along other pro athletes, champion weight lifters, magicians, tight-rope walkers - as well as race cars, stunt planes, motorcycles, and just about anything or anyone else - to draw prisoners out for a message of hope and deliverance. He discovered that prison inmates are just like everyone else: They will listen to what an athlete has to say, and they will respond to a heartfelt Christian witness. All these years later, Bill Glass is still talking, and people are still listening to him.

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