Light of Life Ministries / Light of Life Rescue Mission

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Since 1952, Light of Life has been a place where hope and healing meet for men, women, and families experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction. We transform lives through the love of Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Light of Life Rescue Mission
913 Western Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233


Phone: (412) 258-6100

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 251056389

CEO/President: Jerrel T. Gilliam

Chairman: Glenn Graner

Board size: 15


Ruling year: 1953

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


Mission statement

Light of Life transforms lives through the love of Christ by providing food, shelter, and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction to restore them as healthy members of our community.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative, and only infallible Word of God and the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, and His substitutionary and atoning death through shedding His own blood; we believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His present rule as Head of the Church, and His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female, and these two distinct, complementary sexes reflect the image and nature of God.

We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful men and women and that this is wholly a work of God's grace, not human effort.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who enables the Christian to live a godly life by dwelling within him/her.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, those who are saved into everlasting life and fellowship with the Lord and those who are lost into everlasting judgment, condemnation, and separation from God.

We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, including equality across racial, gender, and class differences.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating956 of 1104121 of 140
Fund acquisition rating606 of 110579 of 140
Resource allocation rating861 of 110599 of 140
Asset utilization rating956 of 1104130 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,241,787$1,604,549$2,501,588$1,881,450$313,010
Short-term investments$333,150$345,073$913,422$2,043,386$2,962,627
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,631,934$8,328,003$5,775,004$7,064,099$3,785,056
Long-term investments$8,019,278$8,019,278$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,239,910$3,153,319$8,430,643$3,510,881$2,441,186
Other long-term assets$12,483,450$5,013,750$5,013,750$0$0
Total long-term assets$22,742,638$16,186,347$13,444,393$3,510,881$2,441,186
Total assets$29,374,572$24,514,350$19,219,397$10,574,980$6,226,242
Payables and accrued expenses$362,433$510,057$1,654,214$632,017$203,732
Other current liabilities$90,978$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$453,411$510,057$1,654,214$632,017$203,732
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$3,163,098$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$750,000$62,131$3,853,198$0$0
Total liabilities$1,203,411$572,188$5,507,412$632,017$203,732
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$28,056,161$21,810,186$12,778,050$7,251,295$6,009,110
With donor restrictions$115,000$2,131,976$933,935$2,691,668$13,400
Net assets$28,171,161$23,942,162$13,711,985$9,942,963$6,022,510
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,035,962$11,983,068$12,516,934$11,417,071$6,985,872
Program service revenue$15,440$7,616$9,851$27,562$45,760
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$137,032$75,934$84,022$73,257$47,429
Other revenue($168,410)$24,900($4,437)($86,936)($11,816)
Total other revenue($15,938)$108,450$89,436$13,883$81,373
Total revenue$14,020,024$12,091,518$12,606,370$11,430,954$7,067,245
Program services$7,140,209$6,115,395$6,046,941$5,266,721$4,890,292
Management and general$984,547$1,056,786$877,186$562,429$414,485
Total expenses$9,797,145$8,925,459$8,837,007$7,517,484$6,672,986
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$4,222,879$3,166,059$3,769,363$3,913,470$394,259
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,222,879$3,166,059$3,769,363$3,913,470$394,259


Jerrel GilliamExecutive Director$169,581

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/15/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Program accomplishments

250,000+ meals
1,500+ homeless people served
1,000+ women and children served