Set Free Alliance (formerly known as Water of Life)

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Sharing Christ's Love with People in Need Around the World.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Set Free Alliance
333 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29609


Phone: 864.469.9500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 200202488

CEO/President: Sarah Kelley

Chairman: Greg Szabo

Board size: 9

Founder: Roland Bergeron

Ruling year: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


Set Free works with in-country partners to rescue children, provide clean water, host medical clinics, and plant churches to make disciples of Christ.

We serve people by meeting their most basic human needs. Working primarily in India, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, we focus on immediate challenges in order to make a long-term impact and an eternal difference.

Mission statement

Creating a world where all are set free in Christ is a monumental goal. Giving clean water, rescuing children, providing mobile medical clinics, and planting churches all work together to make this vision a reality. And while there are lots of other organizations doing similar things, Set Free is different than most because of a handful of core values we are committed to protecting in every single thing we do.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. II TIMOTHY 3:15-17

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. MATTHEW 28:19 | EPHESIANS 4:4-6

We believe in the deity of 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, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory. JOHN 1:1-4 | MATTHEW 1:12 | PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 | HEBREWS 1:1-4, 4:15 ACTS 1:11, 2:22-24 | I CORINTHIANS 15:3-4

We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful men, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. TITUS 3:4-7 | LUKE 24:46-47 | EPHESIANS 2:8-9 | JOHN 14:6 | ACTS 4:12

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. GALATIANS 5:16-18 | ROMANS 8:9

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. REVELATION 20:11-15 | I CORINTHIANS 15:51-57

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, with equality across racial, gender and class differences. EPHESIANS 1:22-23 | I CORINTHIANS 12:12, 27

We believe that the ministry of evangelism is a responsibility of both the church and each Christian. ROMANS 10:9-15 | ACTS 1:8 | MATTHEW 28:18-20 | I PETER 3:15

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating526 of 111060 of 146
Fund acquisition rating994 of 1111127 of 146
Resource allocation rating598 of 111175 of 146
Asset utilization rating33 of 11103 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,854$0$5,675$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$331,912$310,416$250,855$167,962$337,752
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$2,100$2,100$2,100$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,100$2,100$2,100$0$0
Total assets$334,012$312,516$252,955$167,962$337,752
Payables and accrued expenses$15,398$20,691$3,333$4,373$1,865
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$15,398$20,691$3,333$4,373$1,865
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$15,398$20,691$3,333$4,373$1,865
Net assets20222021202020182017
Without donor restrictions$309,284$246,176$179,952$162,398$270,887
With donor restrictions$9,330$45,649$69,670$1,191$65,000
Net assets$318,614$291,825$249,622$163,589$335,887
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,503,847$3,322,047$3,045,997$1,641,148$1,710,403
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$4,599$9
Other revenue$220,454$221,585$313,534$0($22,382)
Total other revenue$220,454$221,585$313,534$4,599($22,373)
Total revenue$3,724,301$3,543,632$3,359,531$1,645,747$1,688,030
Program services$3,094,674$3,056,667$3,075,291$1,514,693$1,215,043
Management and general$134,961$138,305$127,267$85,156$65,209
Total expenses$3,697,512$3,501,429$3,500,760$1,818,045$1,472,025
Change in net assets20222021202020182017
Surplus (deficit)$26,789$42,203($141,229)($172,298)$216,005
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$26,789$42,203($141,229)($172,298)$216,005


Sarah KelleyCEO$94,794
Roland BergeronPresident/Fo$28,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/24/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


When Roland Bergeron, owner of a custom home building company, first heard that more than 800 million people in the world didn't have access to clean water, he was shocked. An engineer by trade, he became even more involved in water ministry in 2002 when he went on his first mission trip to Central America. From that moment on, Roland knew he had found his life's calling and began Water of Life. But he still felt unsettled. He was doing the right work but in the wrong location. Roland felt called to go to the hard places, unreached places, places where other organizations weren't working. So, after a lot of prayer and a little divine nudging - Water of Life moved into Liberia, Sierra Leone, and India.

As the well drilling and church planting work expanded into India, another problem was revealed - the child slavery epidemic. Our India partner felt compelled to act. We knew that we couldn't tell people about the grace and love of Jesus yet leave thousands of children enslaved. After discussions with our partner and a key supporter of this mission, Brookwood Church, Set Free Alliance started in 2011 to rescue, reunite, and care for the enslaved, orphaned, and vulnerable children of India.

Yet, God still wasn't done with us. The work continued and the Kingdom of God grew exponentially to the point that slave owners were following Water of Life drill crews around to release their slaves into the care of pastor partners' churches through Set Free Alliance. After some more prayer and continued conversations, Set Free Alliance and Water of Life merged to become Set Free in 2019 with the holistic vision to create a world where all are set free in the name of Christ.

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