Your Story Hour

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Your Story Hour produces family-friendly radio dramas based on the Bible, historical heroes, and true-to-life adventures. Our stories--brought to life by talented voice actors, descriptive sound effects and compelling music--teach Biblical values, positive character traits and principles for good decision-making.

We have been engaging children and adults with our stories since 1949. With audio dramas in English, Spanish, and Russian, our program is heard on more than 4,000 radio stations worldwide!

Contact information

Mailing address:
Your Story Hour
PO Box 15
Berrien Springs, MI 49103


Phone: 1-800-987-7879

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 381549983

CEO/President: Julie Clayburn

Chairman: Nick Wolfer

Board size: 13

Founder: Mr. Stanley Hill

Ruling year: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Your Story Hour is an interfaith ministry which seeks to promote positive character development for children through presentations of dramatized stories taken from Scripture, history, literature and true-to-life experiences.

Mission statement

Your Story Hour programs equip young people to make good decisions and face life's challenges in a rapidly changing world through productions which uphold goodness, hope, truth, honesty, and all the other Scriptural and moral virtues.

Statement of faith

Your Story Hour uses the following to express its statement of faith:

We Believe...
...the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God, applying to mankind today as if has in all ages.

...God is the Creator of the world and all human beings were created in the image of God.

...God's existence is eternal, expressed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost Jesus Christ the Son of God, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious death, his resurrection and ascension, and His return in power and glory. the ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling power people may live victorious Christian lives.

...that men, women, boys and girls are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating854 of 102543 of 53
Fund acquisition rating879 of 102749 of 53
Resource allocation rating1008 of 102751 of 53
Asset utilization rating271 of 102510 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$107,877$92,304$78,150$92,121$137,096
Short-term investments$234$17,409$7,753$8,886$1,896
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$401,959$406,381$429,092$368,818$281,700
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,761$14,198$15,725$16,155$16,649
Other long-term assets$6,097$5,444$6,224$5,632$5,552
Total long-term assets$14,858$19,642$21,949$21,787$22,201
Total assets$416,817$426,023$451,041$390,605$303,901
Payables and accrued expenses$37,974$37,385$37,841$47,421$16,882
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$37,974$37,385$37,841$47,421$16,882
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$37,974$37,385$37,841$47,421$16,882
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$272,008$305,572$335,798$293,548$241,854
With donor restrictions$106,835$83,066$77,402$49,636$45,165
Net assets$378,843$388,638$413,200$343,184$287,019
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$465,573$514,866$508,348$601,829$514,678
Program service revenue$290,683$274,666$349,572$288,833$313,135
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,752$1,425$893$213$272
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$292,435$276,091$350,465$289,046$313,407
Total revenue$758,008$790,957$858,813$890,875$828,085
Program services$423,829$509,572$475,183$534,835$526,294
Management and general$254,907$224,339$231,232$206,571$179,388
Total expenses$767,803$815,519$788,797$834,710$805,378
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($9,795)($24,562)$70,016$56,165$22,707
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($9,795)($24,562)$70,016$56,165$22,707


Julie ClayburnPresident -$57,436
Suzanne RentonCFO$44,942
Caralin GriggsVice- Presid$42,537

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/24/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In the 1940's a small group of people was concerned about character development of youth in their Southwestern Michigan community. But what could they do? Someone proposed the perfect idea: a Saturday afternoon story hour! This would get children off the streets and teach them positive character traits. Soon a gang of neighborhood kids met weekly above the local fire department to hear Bible and true-to-life stories.

The story hour was a huge success! Those in charge began praying for a way to organize story hours across the country, when someone heard a radio evangelist confess a need for children's radio programming. The story hour's director contacted WHFB, a local radio station, whose manager was enthusiastic about the idea. "If you folks can adapt what you have for radio," he said, "I'll give you a half-hour of free broadcast time!"

As Stanley Hill-the original Uncle Dan-wrote, "We went to work. We practiced on the first script for the better part of three months, and then went on the air live for the first time on March 27, 1949. From then on, it was a challenge of writing and producing a program every week. After the first two or three programs, it was a real headache to find people who were willing to play the parts in the stories. We couldn't pay them, and being rank amateurs, I can tell you it was only by the grace of God that we stayed on the air... Nevertheless, we doggedly persisted. We prayed, we worked, and we prayed some more. It was not many weeks until a second station took the program, then a third, and a fourth..."

After a couple years, the producers decided to pre-record programs. Your Story Hour's first recording studio was constructed in the script-writer's basement by hanging blankets and mattresses around the room! As the ministry grew (by 1974, Your Story Hour was aired on 500 stations!), so did its needs. But God continued to provide the personnel, buildings, and finances at just the right time. By God's blessing, Your Story Hour has expanded to thousands of stations.

In 1985, we launched Tu Historia Preferida, the Spanish version of our broadcast. And in 1992, Chas Tvoego Rasskaza went on the air in Russia. We pray that God continues to open doors for our programs to be aired on new stations around the world!

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