Thru the Bible Radio Network


Thru the Bible is the worldwide Bible-teaching ministry of the late Dr. J. Vernon McGee.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Thru the Bible
P.O. Box 7100
Pasadena, CA 91109


Phone: 1-800-652-4253


Organization details

EIN: 956145276

CEO/President: Gregg Harris

Chairman: Leo Karlyn

Board size: 0

Founder: Dr. J Vernon McGee

Year founded: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


In a 30-minute a day study, Dr. McGee takes listeners through the entire Word of God--Genesis through Revelation--over the course of 5 years.

Mission statement

The whole Word for the whole world.

Statement of faith

The doctrinal statement of Thru the Bible Radio goes into quite a bit more detail than what is presented here, but this in simplified form is what we believe and practice in our ministry: The plenary, verbal inspiration of the Scriptures; The Trinity; The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Nicene Creed states it; That Christ came to this earth to reveal God and to redeem man and that He died a vicarious substitutionary death upon the cross for the sins of man; That Christ sent the Holy Spirit into the world to call out a body of people to His name which is called the church; That man was created perfect but that he disbelieved and then disobeyed God; that man fell into sin and today the entire race of Adam is totally depraved and incapable of saving itself; The pre-tribulational, pre-millennial coming of Christ to take His church out of the world; That Christ will come later to the earth to establish His kingdom, and His coming is the hope of the world.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating60 of 4701 of 22
Fund acquisition rating1 of 4701 of 22
Resource allocation rating3 of 4701 of 22
Asset utilization rating331 of 4708 of 22

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$309,487$718,151$816,662$821,599$827,901
Short-term investments$44,760,916$42,657,688$40,114,685$39,646,389$23,593,248
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$46,627,889$45,079,085$42,434,508$42,576,464$26,554,695
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,415,060$1,477,521$1,461,311$1,555,348$1,608,158
Other long-term assets$10,355,864$19,713,337$23,260,165$30,545,047$38,651,032
Total long-term assets$11,770,924$21,190,858$24,721,476$32,100,395$40,259,190
Total assets$58,398,813$66,269,943$67,155,984$74,676,859$66,813,885
Payables and accrued expenses$1,475,122$1,522,147$1,243,897$1,522,215$1,447,872
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,475,122$1,522,147$1,243,897$1,522,215$1,447,872
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,209,003$7,172,575$8,351,310$11,287,834$3,795,157
Total liabilities$3,684,125$8,694,722$9,595,207$12,810,049$5,243,029
Net assets20172016201520132012
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$1,326,406$1,295,651$1,295,651$1,295,651$1,295,651
Net assets$54,714,688$57,575,221$57,560,777$61,866,810$61,570,856
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$21,021,811$20,091,426$19,652,919$17,917,177$21,027,416
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($9,826,477)$1,952,731$6,212,531$4,302,332$1,428,176
Other revenue$129,703$347,873$347,681$252,154$329,465
Total other revenue($9,696,774)$2,300,604$6,560,212$4,554,486$1,757,641
Total revenue$11,325,037$22,392,030$26,213,131$22,471,663$22,785,057
Program services$19,097,509$19,314,248$19,340,320$18,659,735$18,692,989
Management and general$1,103,527$1,104,241$1,212,053$1,025,629$995,579
Total expenses$20,313,129$20,526,217$20,683,354$19,817,022$19,837,349
Change in net assets20172016201520132012
Surplus (deficit)($8,988,092)$1,865,813$5,529,777$2,654,641$2,947,708
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($8,988,092)$1,865,813$5,529,777$2,654,641$2,947,708

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John Vernon McGee was born in Hillsboro, Texas, in 1904, the son of very poor parents. At age 14, "Vernon" lost his dad to a cotton gin accident and his mother moved him and his sister to Nashville, Tennessee. Through the investment of significant mentors, Vernon was able to attend college and then seminary. After completing his education (earning degrees from Southwestern University in Memphis, Tennessee; Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas), he was the pastor of churches in Decatur, GA, Nashville, TN, and Cleburne, TX. It was in Cleburne that Vernon met Ruth Inez Jordan and fell in love with her at first sight. He proposed on their second date, and the two married a year later. Eventually, he and Ruth settled in Pasadena, California, where Dr. McGee accepted a pastoral call to the Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church. He recalled this period as the happiest in his life, with a young family and a young congregation whom he loved. In 1941, Dr. McGee was persuaded to begin a Sunday radio program, The Open Bible Hour, on just one station. It later became High Noon Bible Class, which laid the foundation for the 1967 launch of Thru the Bible as we know it today. Dr. McGee recorded the "Sunday Sermon" messages from the pulpit of the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, where he served as pastor from 1949 to 1970. After cancer surgery in 1965, the doctors gave Dr. McGee six months to live. The Lord gave him 23 more years. After retiring, Dr. McGee devoted his life to Thru the Bible. On any given day, you'd find him at the Pasadena office with an open Bible on his desk in front of a microphone. Dr. McGee and the Board of Directors planned in advance that the recorded 5-year program would stay on the air after Dr. McGee's death. "Just play the tapes until the money runs out," was Dr. McGee's directive. On December 1, 1988, Dr. McGee fell asleep in his chair and quietly passed into the presence of his Savior. Today, the worldwide work of Thru the Bible continues through a small staff and the prayers and faithful giving of wonderful listeners-committed to keeping the Bible Bus traveling through the whole Word of God until Jesus comes.

Program accomplishments

Thru the Bible airs on over 800 stations in the U.S. and Canada, and is translated and heard in more than 100 languages and dialects around the world.