Lima Rescue Mission

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Since 1906, Lima Rescue Mission has been sharing God's love with people in need through Christ-centered programs and services. Our primary focus is reaching out to poor and homeless men by providing physical and spiritual care in a time of crisis. The Mission also ministers to at-risk youth through a summer day camp at our campgrounds, Camp Roberts.

We are an evangelical, non-denominational organization. All funding for our ministry comes directly from individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations who want to be involved in helping people in need in our community. We do not receive any funding from the government or other agencies.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lima Rescue Mission
216 E. Wayne St.
Lima, OH 45801


Phone: 419-224-6961

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 344474977

CEO/President: Chuck Ferguson

Chairman: Andy Brown

Board size: 9

Founder: Rev. Adam Welty

Ruling year: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2008


The purpose of Lima Rescue Mission is to glorify God by sharing His love with people in need through Christ-centered programs and services.

Mission statement

To see the lives of everyone we serve transformed, helping them to become independent and productive members of society by providing for their spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

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, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His 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.

We believe that salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.

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 resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the barrenness of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating569 of 102287 of 155
Fund acquisition rating536 of 102586 of 155
Resource allocation rating614 of 102586 of 155
Asset utilization rating493 of 102287 of 155

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$403,318$294,268$351,024$424,153$239,499
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$690,646$723,030$695,394$736,613$769,561
Other long-term assets$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000
Total long-term assets$740,646$773,030$745,394$786,613$819,561
Total assets$1,143,964$1,067,298$1,096,418$1,210,766$1,059,060
Payables and accrued expenses$2,437$1,931$108$87$75
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$2,437$1,931$108$87$75
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,228$838$997$944$1,048
Total long-term liabilities$1,228$838$997$944$1,048
Total liabilities$3,665$2,769$1,105$1,031$1,123
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,090,299$1,014,529$1,045,313$1,159,735$1,007,937
With donor restrictions$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000$50,000
Net assets$1,140,299$1,064,529$1,095,313$1,209,735$1,057,937
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$594,350$527,975$476,191$701,408$486,409
Program service revenue$29,965$32,669$34,494$32,733$34,370
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,629$2,922$3,614$3,280$2,824
Other revenue$25,758$1,785$1,983$19,588($682)
Total other revenue$57,352$37,376$40,091$55,601$36,512
Total revenue$651,702$565,351$516,282$757,009$522,921
Program services$450,321$471,664$495,672$476,674$480,260
Management and general$67,667$69,466$69,140$66,294$58,514
Total expenses$575,932$596,027$630,704$605,211$593,632
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$75,770($30,676)($114,422)$151,798($70,711)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$75,770($30,676)($114,422)$151,798($70,711)


Charles FergusonExecutive Di$65,518

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/20/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


November 1, 1906 - Founded

Lima Rescue Mission was founded by Rev. Adam Welty to provide a haven for poor and homeless men. The Mission was originally located in a rented house at 207 E. North Street in Lima.

May 1914 - A Growing Need

In a short time, the Mission outgrew the house it occupied, and additional space was needed. A site at the corner of Central and Wayne was secured with a down payment of $200.

March 1916 - Construction Begins

Excavation began at the lot at Central and Wayne; construction was suspended during World War I, and resumed after the war.

June 1920 - Moving

The Mission finally moved in to its new three-story building at 216 E. Wayne Street.

1952 - Rev. James Welty named director; he served at the Mission from 1949-2008.

1974 - Camp Roberts summer ministry to inner-city children began; the camp is located on 54-acres in Shawnee Township.

1998 - Chuck Ferguson named director; he began work at the Mission in 1978.

Today - Ministry Continues

After 114 years, the ministry to poor and homeless men is carried on much as it always has been, providing food, shelter, and clothing as well as a Gospel witness to all who come for assistance.

Program accomplishments

2021 Statistics

Years in operation: 115

Total regular employees: 11

Board members: 9

Volunteers (active): 50+

Meals served: 8,978

Nights of lodging in overnight shelter: 3,052

New guests: 118