Keys for Kids Ministries

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Keys for Kids Ministries is an international Christian ministry, based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which produces and distributes excellent media resources to evangelize and disciple kids and their families.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Keys for Kids Ministries
2060 43rd St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508


Phone: (616) 647-4500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 381675000

CEO/President: Greg Yoder

Chairman: Duane Culver, CPA

Board size: 6

Founder: Mel Johnson

Ruling year: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


To offer kids, teens, and families the opportunity to hear the Gospel, know Christ, and walk with Him.

Mission statement

We exist to ignite a passion for Christ in kids, teens, and families worldwide.

Statement of faith

We believe that:

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and it is the final authority from God for our faith and practice.1

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and is God in the flesh.2

The blood of Christ, shed through His death on the cross, is the only atonement for human sin.3

The death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus and His ascension into heaven are literal facts.4

"The Church" is composed of all those who, by faith, have trusted Christ as Savior and Lord.5

The blessed hope of the Christian is the personal return of Jesus Christ to establish His eternal kingdom on earth and resurrect the bodies of all believers to everlasting life. Those who reject Jesus and His gift of salvation will be condemned to everlasting punishment.6

We believe in the Trinity with God as the Father, Jesus as the Son, and the Holy Spirit sent by God to be our Comforter-the Godhead, three in one.7

1 Luke 24:25-27; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-4, 14; 3 Rom. 5:8; 1 Pet. 2:24; 4 Luke 24:50-51; 1 Cor. 15:3-8 ; 5 1 Cor. 12:12-13 ; 6 Rom. 8:18-25; Rev. 21:1-8; 7 Matt. 28:19; Acts 9:31, 1 Cor. 12:11

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating860 of 110235 of 47
Fund acquisition rating903 of 110334 of 47
Resource allocation rating979 of 110341 of 47
Asset utilization rating318 of 110213 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$49,979$36,049$47,633$22,223$24,020
Short-term investments$0$148,143$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$785,098$697,318$400,598$509,452$477,514
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$658,032$605,770$560,510$569,081$483,823
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$658,032$605,770$560,510$569,081$483,823
Total assets$1,443,130$1,303,088$961,108$1,078,533$961,337
Payables and accrued expenses$95,573$72,640$40,037$118,601$98,487
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$95,573$72,640$40,037$118,601$98,487
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$137,246$0$0
Total liabilities$95,573$72,640$177,283$118,601$98,487
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$1,096,173$980,151$505,766$544,539$543,797
With donor restrictions$251,384$250,297$278,059$415,393$319,053
Net assets$1,347,557$1,230,448$783,825$959,932$862,850
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,566,334$1,680,647$1,080,549$1,258,325$1,079,024
Program service revenue$24,044$17,637$8,005$20,281$21,793
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($1,424)$149$146$543$406
Other revenue$210,595$214,866$111,284$173,879$127,465
Total other revenue$233,215$232,652$119,435$194,703$149,664
Total revenue$1,799,549$1,913,299$1,199,984$1,453,028$1,228,688
Program services$1,179,976$1,066,729$981,825$847,137$741,091
Management and general$304,972$270,172$197,346$290,023$262,110
Total expenses$1,685,792$1,463,324$1,376,091$1,355,946$1,202,888
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$113,757$449,975($176,107)$97,082$25,800
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$113,757$449,975($176,107)$97,082$25,800


Greg YoderPresident$80,948

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 1/31/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Keys for Kids expresses its history as follows:

In November of 1942, a group of men headed by Dr. David Otis Fuller inaugurated the first Children's Bible Hour broadcast on a local Grand Rapids station. Interest mounted, funds were supplied, and many radio stations were added. Today, by the guiding hand of God, Children's Bible Hour is a nation-wide program, and it is also heard in many foreign countries. The history of the Children's Bible Hour and the personal history of Charlie Vander Meer run along parallel lines. Children's Bible Hour began broadcasting in November 1942. About a year later, when he was nine years old, Charlie was picked out of a studio audience to participate in a live broadcast of CBH.

From there he went on to a regular spot in the program, reading from "Charlie's Scrapbook," reciting poems, helping in the dramatized stories, and often serving as "junior emcee." At 17, Charlie left the program for four years of college study, graduating in 1956 with a major in radio and television production. Immediately he joined the staff of Children's Bible Hour and in 1959 was named Assistant Director. He worked closely with "Aunt Bertha" Shooks until her retirement in 1972 when he assumed the directorship of the ministry and host of the radio programs.

Now known as "Uncle Charlie" to boys and girls around the world, he heads a ministry that is currently aired on 600 broadcast outlets in all 50 states and in approximately 80 foreign countries. In addition to broadcasts in the English language, Keys for Kids is involved in six foreign language broadcasts for children. Keys for Kids also has an extensive print ministry, specializing in a bi-monthly devotional guide for children called KEYS FOR KIDS. This book has also been printed in seven other languages. Audio-Visual materials produced by Keys for Kids include music and story cassettes, CD's, music and story Videos. The children heard on the radio broadcasts also appear in monthly concerts, and a 10-day summer tour.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Keys for Kids, Charlie also serves on the Board of the Arizona based Family Life Communications. Charlie and his wife Bette have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Charlie also has a "wooden friend" named Wally who goes with him in many children's meetings, where Charlie has a presentation of ventriloquism, Gospel magic, and dramatized story. He believes that Jesus meant what He said in Mark 10:14: "LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME...AND FORBID THEM NOT!"

Program accomplishments


Why is the need so great? Culture teaches our kids lies. Some churches have abandoned the gospel. And some parents are abdicating their responsibility to disciple their kids. Keys for Kids Ministries is pointing children and teens to truth, providing churches with biblical tools, and training parents around the world to disciple their kids. These efforts here and abroad take significant resources and prayer.

By supporting Keys for Kids today, you're helping kids, teens, and families worldwide know and follow Christ and create lifelong habits of being in God's Word every day.