Interserve, USA / International Service Fellowship

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Interserve is an international community of Christ-following professionals, committed to being servants for the hard places. We have been working in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia for 170 years.

lnterserve USA is the United States office of lnterserve International. There are Interserve offices in thirteen different countries. The Interserve overseas service teams are multinational, made up of members from Interserve offices around the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Interserve, USA
PO Box 418
Upper Darby, PA 19082-0418


Phone: 800-809-4440


Organization details

EIN: 231644377

CEO/President: Mark Davis

Chairman: Mark Davis

Board size: 17


Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Our Philosophy of Serving
We believe that work, interpersonal relationships, and faith are meant to be fully integrated.
We believe we are healthier and more effective when supported and connected to a team of like-minded people.
Our primary focus is on the unseen and neglected people in Asia and the Arab world.
We believe that respect, understanding, and appreciation of other cultures is important for cross-cultural service, and are committed to learning and addressing our cultural blind-spots.
We share and emphasize the common beliefs of our Christian faith. We are a field-led, international, interdenominational organization.

Mission statement

Interserve is an interdenominational and international community of evangelical Christians that exists to make Jesus Christ known through wholistic ministry, in partnership with the global church, among the neediest peoples of Asia and the Arab world.

Statement of faith

As a community of believers in Jesus Christ, we bear witness to the following truths of the historic Christian faith which inform our understanding of God, humanity, and creation; motivate us for mission; and form the foundation of our commitment:

God is personal
God actively reveals his existence, power and glory through the created universe. God is also personal, creating humanity to be in relationship with himself; to know, love, worship and obey him. God also created humanity in the divine image, reflecting his lordship over creation, and so delegating responsibility for stewardship of the earth to humanity, as male and female. As bearers of this divine image, humanity also reflects other attributes of God, such as holiness, creativity and love. We reflect these divine qualities to one another through our human equivalents, namely righteousness, creativity, justice and compassion.

Jesus is Lord and Christ
Jesus is the Word of God, through whom all things were made; he is the Lord of all Creation. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. God in Christ Jesus is reconciling the world to Himself. Jesus is the eternal Son of God, the Messiah; uniquely appointed by the Father to bring the blessings of healing and salvation to all nations. The Lord took on our human nature by a virgin birth as Jesus of Nazareth and entered into both our joy and our suffering. He taught and modelled the character of the kingdom of God to which he calls his disciples. When Jesus died on the cross he took upon himself the sin of the world, bearing its full penalty and removing its shame. Therefore, we are reconciled with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. On the cross Jesus defeated the powers of evil and made God's offer of reconciliation available to all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any other social identity. By his bodily resurrection, Jesus defeated death and initiated a new humanity. Through his ascension he was exalted as Lord of all. When Jesus Christ returns he will execute God's judgement; destroy Satan, evil and death; and establish the universal reign of God.

God the Holy Spirit is present
The Holy Spirit has remained active ever since creation. The Holy Spirit convicts humanity of sin and judgement, leads us to faith and repentance, and provides transformation and empowering action for justice. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to dwell in all believers, enabling us to live in unity and to bear the fruits of holiness, Christ-likeness and practical obedience. The Holy Spirit gives gifts and empowers believers to discern truth, pray effectively, proclaim and demonstrate the gospel, and prevail over the forces of darkness.

The Bible is the Word of God
The Bible is the authentic Word of God spoken through human authors under the full inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It gives the account of creation, the fall, redemption and new creation. It is true and trustworthy in all it affirms, revealing God's identity, character, purposes and actions throughout history. Therefore, God has supremely and uniquely authorised the Bible to guide and govern our beliefs, values and behaviors.

Humans have sinned
All humans have sinned by rebelling against God, rejecting God's authority, and disobeying God's Word. Our rebellion has alienated us from God and has unleashed the destructive powers of sin and evil. Our sin distorts the relationships within our families, our communities and our cultures. It adversely shapes economic, social, political and religious structures, resulting in injustice, inequality, poverty and abuse of the environment. Human rebellion deserves judgement and leads to eternal separation from God.

Humans are intrinsically valuable
The image of God in humanity, although distorted by sin, remains the basis of the uniqueness, dignity, sanctity and equality of all persons, without distinction. God is unchanging in love, despite human rejection, and cares for all people in all their cultural and ethnic diversity. Therefore all people are equally valuable in the sight of God, and he is reaching out in grace to save and transform all people through Jesus Christ.

The Church participates in God's mission
The Church exists to worship and glorify God for all eternity, as well as to be a distinctive community of holiness, compassion and justice. As such, the Church stands in continuity with God's people throughout the ages and is called, as Abraham was, to be a blessing to the nations. Therefore, the Church is commissioned by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to participate in the transforming, wholistic mission of God in history.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating537 of 102262 of 121
Fund acquisition rating175 of 102426 of 121
Resource allocation rating630 of 102471 of 121
Asset utilization rating788 of 102293 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$174,199$184,841$197,519$159,256$189,238
Short-term investments$14,040,692$14,917,474$15,133,065$14,188,041$13,671,662
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$14,698,294$15,480,902$15,699,966$14,863,772$14,315,651
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$255,352$254,954$259,510$286,510$301,682
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$255,352$254,954$259,510$286,510$301,682
Total assets$14,953,646$15,735,856$15,959,476$15,150,282$14,617,333
Payables and accrued expenses$119,600$131,149$120,714$117,302$135,668
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$1,167$4,167
Total current liabilities$119,600$131,149$120,714$118,469$139,835
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$42,634
Other long-term liabilities$4,847,076$5,036,614$4,955,010$4,725,715$4,538,281
Total long-term liabilities$4,847,076$5,036,614$4,955,010$4,725,715$4,580,915
Total liabilities$4,966,676$5,167,763$5,075,724$4,844,184$4,720,750
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,486,050$1,589,449$1,586,692$1,186,735$1,169,739
With donor restrictions$8,500,920$8,978,644$9,297,060$9,118,863$8,726,844
Net assets$9,986,970$10,568,093$10,883,752$10,306,098$9,896,583
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,318,377$5,438,625$5,629,631$5,450,368$5,833,848
Program service revenue$1,479$867$1,081$2,736$1,499
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,873$682,327$966,973$884,171$53,565
Other revenue$114,464$117,741$124,579$149,855$229,654
Total other revenue$167,816$800,935$1,092,633$1,036,762$284,718
Total revenue$5,486,193$6,239,560$6,722,264$6,487,130$6,118,566
Program services$4,941,312$5,500,073$5,188,210$5,177,008$5,658,863
Management and general$1,029,877$931,401$854,504$797,079$721,306
Total expenses$6,067,316$6,555,219$6,144,110$6,078,115$6,516,803
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($581,123)($315,659)$578,154$409,015($398,237)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($581,123)($315,659)$578,154$409,015($398,237)


Pat KrayerExecutive Dir.$112,149
John KennedyAssoc Exec Dir$92,191
Robert DolanFinance Dir$80,322
Terri TaylorComm Director$76,295

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/26/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Interserve's roots go back to the early 19th century as a movement of Christian women from around the world. Inspired by the love of Jesus, and with the desire to do what they could to bring about his promise of fullness of life, women set up educational and healthcare initiatives to serve the women and children they met who lacked access to education or healthcare.

In 1852 the Calcutta Normal School was inaugurated, followed by several hospitals across India which existed to serve all those in need. Other forms of service were initiated including community development programs, caring for people with leprosy, plague relief, and caring for orphans, reflecting our organizational commitment to whole-life ministry.

For the first hundred years of its life Interserve was an organization run solely by women who came not just from India and Britain but also New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and Ireland.

Interserve later merged with a like-minded organization based in the USA-founded by women in 1860-and Interservers now come from many more countries including Korea, Brazil, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In 1952 Interserve decided to allow men to join. Interserve's ministry has expanded to include peoples from the Asia and Arab World living elsewhere in the world, a trend that started in 1960s UK among immigrants from South Asia.

Much has changed since those early days, but our core desire remains the same. Motivated by the love of Christ, serving in partnership with the global church and using the skills, passions and abilities that God gave us, we seek to see lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ.

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