Life Action Ministries

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We aim to invite multitudes of people to say YES to God, jump-starting a fresh movement among believers toward mission, justice, and revival, while inviting many others to authentically engage with Jesus for the first time.

This surrendered and enthusiastic YES changes everything about a person's soul, family, work, dreams, and community. It begins with a small step of humility, listening and learning from Jesus, repenting and renewing (or beginning) a walk with God. It's a simple awakening to what really matters, leading to revived life.

At Life Action, we're praying fervently toward the day when this "yes" attitude is the rule rather than the exception; when millions of people, astonished and excited by the work of God in their lives, are living on bold mission for Christ. Only then will we see the shattering of divisions, injustice, and lostness around us, and only then can we forge into a new future for the church defined by the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

It can begin in the smallest places-in honest, intimate moments with Jesus; in surrendered wills and in daily decisions. It can begin with your next yes to God.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Life Action Ministries
PO Box 31
Buchanan, MI 49107


Phone: 269-697-8600

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 382157686

CEO/President: Donny Vanker

Chairman: Mr. Chad Williams

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. Del Fehsenfeld, Jr.

Ruling year: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


We dream of millions of God-astonished lives, in action with Him, shattering divisions, injustice, and lostness. We help people thrive by inspiring them toward a lifestyle of saying YES to God. We do this through relationships, church experiences, camps, retreats, and resources.

Mission statement

Our mission is to inspire your next yes to God.

Statement of faith

Life Action Ministries uses the following to communicate its faith:

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God's authoritative, inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins and salvation. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God's Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the Cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual's new birth and growth to maturity and for the Church's constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church which is made up of all believers everywhere in the world, and locally the church is a group of baptized believers who are organized to do God's will. Its calling is to worship God, and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and by promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His Kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating731 of 111037 of 60
Fund acquisition rating657 of 111132 of 60
Resource allocation rating1090 of 111157 of 60
Asset utilization rating212 of 111016 of 60

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$611,954$591,295$398,210$668,844$744,088
Short-term investments$4,408,744$3,555,446$2,000,411$1,885,601$359,432
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,272,636$7,463,755$5,571,964$5,349,662$4,553,537
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,365,099$6,297,711$6,354,014$6,313,312$6,323,738
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$6,365,099$6,297,711$6,354,014$6,313,312$6,323,738
Total assets$13,637,735$13,761,466$11,925,978$11,662,974$10,877,275
Payables and accrued expenses$889,453$893,062$804,469$692,633$676,049
Other current liabilities$1,202,153$1,194,722$675,705$506,115$867,080
Total current liabilities$2,091,606$2,087,784$1,480,174$1,198,748$1,543,129
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$915,570$0$1,565,717$1,565,717$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,098,038$0$1,565,717$1,565,717$0
Total liabilities$3,189,644$2,087,784$3,045,891$2,764,465$1,543,129
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$10,117,522$11,175,614$8,666,636$8,386,515$8,762,282
With donor restrictions$330,569$498,068$213,451$511,994$571,864
Net assets$10,448,091$11,673,682$8,880,087$8,898,509$9,334,146
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,258,069$18,627,250$13,926,318$13,078,341$12,543,729
Program service revenue$2,492,334$1,572,001$342,385$1,767,008$1,945,846
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$161,610$53,152$14,710$73,984$142,273
Other revenue$783,182$608,255$612,094$682,927$973,181
Total other revenue$3,437,126$2,233,408$969,189$2,523,919$3,061,300
Total revenue$19,695,195$20,860,658$14,895,507$15,602,260$15,605,029
Program services$12,593,566$14,749,190$12,169,161$12,937,824$12,677,835
Management and general$6,616,493$2,384,101$2,053,250$2,167,905$2,014,188
Total expenses$20,370,781$17,940,746$14,953,305$16,005,695$15,572,302
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($675,586)$2,919,912($57,798)($403,435)$32,727
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($675,586)$2,919,912($57,798)($403,435)$32,727


John AvantPresident$187,038
Donnell VankerCEO / Executive Director$164,127
Nancy Demoss WolgemuthPresident Revive Our Hearts$139,248
Martin JonesSecretary/Treasurer Part Year$127,383
Byron PaulusPresident Onecry$114,914
Aaron PaulusChief Marketing Officer$103,260
Delbert Fehsenfeld IIIChief Pastoral Officer Part Year$88,594
Mike LeeChief Impact Officer$73,527
Meredith MillerChief People and Culture Officer$70,561
Richard CumminsCAO Secretary Part Year$67,773
Ira ThompsonCFO Treasurer Part Year$42,897

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2023

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In 1971, God placed on the heart of a youth director and his wife a vision for spiritual awakening in North America. Life Action Ministries was birthed as a result of the faith and obedience of that young couple, Del and Judy Fehsenfeld.

Del went home to be with the Lord in 1989. To the end of his life, he was fervent in praying and believing God to reveal His glory in our land.

In the years since Del's homegoing, God has sustained and expanded the outreach of the ministry founded by this faithful servant. Today some 150 Life Action staff members are continuing to proclaim the message of revival through local church crusades, musical/media productions, retreats and conferences, and revival-oriented publications.

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