Luis Palau Evangelistic Association

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The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association ("LPEA") was founded in 1967 by Luis Palau. LPEA has three purposes: (1) to win as many people as possible to Jesus Christ throughout the world; (2) to emphasize with the Church the principles of victorious Christian Living (Galatians 2:20), so as to stimulate, revive, and mobilize the Church to continuous, effective evangelism, follow-up, and Church growth; and (3) to influence Christianity worldwide, holding high the banner of biblical evangelism, so that the Church's commitment to evangelism will never die. Since 1990, the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association has led evangelistic crusades in 20 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Kansas City, Grand Rapids, Miami, Tulsa, San Antonio, Phoenix, Fort Worth, and the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. This organization is a nonprofit corporation. 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:
PO Box 50
Portland, OR 97207-1173


Phone: (503) 614-1500


Organization details

EIN: 930713827

CEO/President: Kevin Palau

Chairman: Mr. Scott Cahill

Board size: 18

Founder: Dr. Luis Palau

Year founded: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association ("LPEA") was founded in 1967 by Luis Palau. Luis Palau's purpose is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard the Gospel. This is done in a mass effort through LPEA festivals in areas throughout the world. All festivals are free of charged, opened to anyone and are aimed at reaching the generations that have never heard the Gospel explained in a way that is encouraging and inviting to come and know Jesus.

Along with these festivals LPEA has developed a program to train and mentor younger evangelists in order to reach more people. They have also expanded their ministry to include radio, television, videos and DVDs.

This organization is a nonprofit corporation. 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

The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association's Mission Statement is:

The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association exists to proclaim the Good News, unite the Church, and impact cities worldwide.

Statement of faith

Luis Palau Evangelistic Association's Statement of Faith is:

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.

We believe in 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 death and atonement 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 faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Spirit are essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.

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

We believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life eternal.

We believe in the spiritual unity of the Church, which is the Body of Christ, composed of all who are regenerated through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating112 of 9418 of 46
Fund acquisition rating499 of 94326 of 46
Resource allocation rating152 of 94310 of 46
Asset utilization rating62 of 9414 of 46

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$142,714$56,093
Short-term investments$2,310,894$2,385,346$1,813,443$412,883$848,426
Other current assets$237,020$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,275,166$4,466,461$4,565,387$3,268,521$2,393,424
Long-term investments$959,189$857,791$936,368$861,547$24,000
Fixed assets$1,520,873$1,754,329$1,595,591$1,534,405$1,675,336
Other long-term assets$0$310,077$263,907$0$412,805
Total long-term assets$2,480,062$2,922,197$2,795,866$2,395,952$2,112,141
Total assets$7,755,228$7,388,658$7,361,253$5,664,473$4,505,565
Payables and accrued expenses$630,064$505,418$497,258$434,492$394,333
Other current liabilities$959,189$0$936,368$837,547$747,892
Total current liabilities$1,589,253$505,418$1,433,626$1,272,039$1,142,225
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$857,791$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$857,791$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,589,253$1,363,209$1,433,626$1,272,039$1,142,225
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$5,872,932$5,447,320$4,657,253$4,032,456$2,905,885
With donor restrictions$293,043$578,129$1,270,374$359,978$457,455
Net assets$6,165,975$6,025,449$5,927,627$4,392,434$3,363,340
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Total contributions$32,476,762$32,065,995$29,490,588$27,810,584$28,406,917
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$79,106($42,151)$19,675($863)($32,463)
Other revenue$245,035$236,657$216,161$267,342$220,329
Total other revenue$324,141$194,506$235,836$266,479$187,866
Total revenue$32,800,903$32,260,501$29,726,424$28,077,063$28,594,783
Program services$29,029,250$28,834,896$25,197,941$24,476,307$33,179,479
Management and general$1,765,406$1,569,969$1,365,479$1,160,715$1,217,571
Total expenses$32,660,377$32,162,679$28,191,231$27,047,969$36,177,949
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$140,526$97,822$1,535,193$1,029,094($7,583,166)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$140,526$97,822$1,535,193$1,029,094($7,583,166)


Kevin PalauPresident/Director$270,706
Andrew PalauDir. of Festivals$269,595
John OgleVice President$263,302
Dr Luis PalauEvangelist/Director$246,809
Keith PalauDir. of Donor Relations$169,160
Scott KraskeChief Financial Officer$155,923
Justin FordiceDirector of Communications$150,405
David JonesVice President/Treasurer$148,381
Jorge ScopazzoProducer$144,359
Doug StewardExec. Producer$141,560

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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In 1947 Luis Palau confessed Jesus Christ as Savior at a summer camp led by a Saint Alban's teacher. "That night I could hardly sleep," Palau remembers. "Back in my tent, by the light of my flashlight, I wrote in my Bible: 'February 12, 1947, I received Jesus Christ.''

During a particularly tempting Carnival Week in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Palau made what he calls "the second most important decision in my life: to serve only Jesus Christ and to give my life to working for Him." In the following years Luis Palau became very active in the local church. He began extensive personal Bible study and began speaking in outdoor evangelistic meetings and on radio.

In 1959 Luis began working for the Latin American division of OC International, a missionary organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. By 1961 Luis Palau completed graduate program at Multnomah School of the Bible, Portland, Oregon and married Patricia Marilyn Scofield, another Multnomah student. Luis Palau joined OC International and began a seven-month training program in Detroit, Michigan, with Missionary Internship.

In 1962 Luis Palau became a citizen of the United States of America. Luis Palau served as Spanish interpreter for Billy Graham during his evangelistic crusade in Fresno, California. In 1963 Luis Palau was ordained a Christian minister in Palo Alto, California. OC International assigned the Palaus to church-planting ministry in Colombia, South America. In 1964, In Colombia, Luis Palau began regular Gospel radio broadcasts, developing into Luis Palau Responde and Cruzada, now heard daily by an estimated 22 million people in the Spanish-speaking world. Luis Palau began extensive writing ministry. In 1966 Luis Palau spoke to 20,000 people at the Presidential Plaza in Bogota, Colombia, on the opening day of his first large-scale evangelistic crusade. In 1967 he began forming the Luis Palau Evangelistic Team within the framework of OC International. He first outlined the Palau Team's objectives: to win people to Christ; to stimulate and mobilize the Church to effective evangelism; to see hundreds, if not thousands, of young men enter the ministry; and to plant local churches. From 1968 through 1978 Luis Palau continued to do crusades to hundreds of thousand listeners throughout Mexico, other South American countries , Spain, Germany and Britain. In 1978 the Luis Palau Evangelistic Team incorporated as an independent Organization.

Since 1978 worldwide crusades have be part of the ministry with hundreds of thousand lives influenced. In 1994 LPEA launched a new bimonthly Newsletter, PROCLAIM and Thomas Nelson published Palau' new book, Healthy Habits for Spiritual Growth.

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