Village Missions

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Village Missions is committed to helping country churches not only survive, but thrive. Since 1948, we have been helping country churches thrive all across North America.

We place pastors in rural churches and help those churches get back on their feet. We care about the country church and are working to keep the church a vibrant and vital presence in more than 230 rural communities throughout North America. We're here when crisis hits, when the community is searching for somewhere to turn for answers.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Village Missions
696 E. Ellendale Ave
PO Box 197
Dallas, OR 97338-0197


Phone: (503) 623-4107

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 436043847

CEO/President: John and Candy Adams

Chairman: Pete Corak

Board size: 9

Founder: Rev. Walter Duff Sr.

Ruling year: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1994


We believe that the church is central to keeping a Gospel presence in rural America, impacting Christians and unbelievers alike. We exist to glorify Jesus Christ by developing spiritually vital churches in rural North America and to help country churches thrive.

The goal of Village Missions is to provide a Christ-centered community church program capable of involving the entire population of a local community with worship services, personal contacts in homes, Sunday schools, home and group Bible studies, special youth and adult activities, Vacation Bible Schools, and other activities.

In order to accomplish this, Village Missions places spiritually qualified missionary-pastors in churches at the invitation of local rural communities. These missionary-pastors serve in a full-time capacity, preaching the Word and loving the people. We support the leadership through prayer as well as financial and other logistical assistance.

Mission statement

It is the aim of the dedicated leaders of Village Missions to provide a Christ-centered community church program capable of involving the entire population.

Statement of faith

We Believe:

The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures - that they are inerrant and that their teaching and authority are absolute, supreme, final and complete;

The trinity of the Godhead - God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit;

The personality of God - the personality and deity of Jesus Christ, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very Man; the personality of the Holy Spirit;

The resurrection of Jesus Christ - that His body was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that He ascended into Heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God as the believer's Advocate;

The sinfulness of man - that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved and need a Savior from sin;

The Atonement - that Jesus Christ became the sinner's sacrifice before God and died as the propitiation for the sins of the whole world;

The necessity of the new birth - salvation is by grace through faith and not of works; saving faith will maintain good works in the life of the believer;

The literal resurrection of the body, both of the just and of the unjust;

The everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost;

The evangelization of the world - the supreme mission of the church in this age is to preach the gospel to every creature;

The second coming of Christ according to Scripture.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating444 of 111013 of 35
Fund acquisition rating351 of 111111 of 35
Resource allocation rating712 of 111118 of 35
Asset utilization rating419 of 111015 of 35

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$424,873$293,751$229,461$153,006$130,785
Short-term investments$1,086,865$1,106,994$1,078,459$707,771$894,859
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,114,764$4,152,011$3,108,139$2,592,051$2,595,904
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,176,453$1,259,684$1,312,701$1,372,401$1,440,542
Other long-term assets$190,590$193,665$11,200$12,250$11,200
Total long-term assets$1,367,043$1,453,349$1,323,901$1,384,651$1,451,742
Total assets$5,481,807$5,605,360$4,432,040$3,976,702$4,047,646
Payables and accrued expenses$795,725$1,575,904$559,429$549,844$577,656
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$795,725$1,575,904$559,429$549,844$577,656
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,749,185$6,162,345$5,395,455$4,158,400$4,466,092
Total long-term liabilities$3,749,185$6,162,345$5,395,455$4,158,400$4,466,092
Total liabilities$4,544,910$7,738,249$5,954,884$4,708,244$5,043,748
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$221,962($2,552,796)($1,851,643)($1,079,850)($1,256,292)
With donor restrictions$714,935$419,907$328,799$348,308$260,190
Net assets$936,897($2,132,889)($1,522,844)($731,542)($996,102)
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,704,925$7,033,611$7,177,225$6,403,568$6,207,831
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$74,945$105,580$72,608$46,585$47,423
Other revenue$53,917$66,451$40,182$53,207$60,020
Total other revenue$128,862$172,031$112,790$99,792$107,443
Total revenue$8,833,787$7,205,642$7,290,015$6,503,360$6,315,274
Program services$6,174,593$6,022,553$5,800,123$5,529,513$5,630,137
Management and general$833,802$923,774$885,332$853,967$793,312
Total expenses$7,391,847$7,287,589$7,079,815$6,702,710$6,739,877
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,441,940($81,947)$210,200($199,350)($424,603)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,441,940($81,947)$210,200($199,350)($424,603)


John AdamsExecutive Director$102,455
James CrossCFO$98,001
Jonathan HansenAssistant Director$95,397
Keith WalkerBoard Member/Emp$49,339
Brian WechslerExec Director (Retired 8/1/2020)$16,642
Gilbert DoeblerBoard Member/Retired EE, Retired 11/2020$3,075

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

Response from ministry

Village Missions lives by the values of openness and transparency in our relationship with all our constituents and the public. We operate efficiently, as demonstrated by the metrics displayed here and compared to other ministries. Our program outcomes demonstrate that we serve effectively, impacting many lives through faithful and consistent preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ in rural communities.

In past years Village Missions had a negative net worth position due to the impact of our pension plan. As a part of our longstanding commitment to honoring missionaries in retirement, Village Missions has had a defined benefit pension plan since 1974. Like many pension plans, we have been affected by increased life spans, lower interest rates, and poor investment returns. In 2018, we stopped accepting contributions to the defined benefit plan and opened a 403(b) contributory retirement plan. We have seen significant progress toward reducing this long-term obligation.

The Lord has blessed Village Missions with adequate resources to meet our ongoing ministry needs and is expanding our direct service to field missionaries, further increasing ministry effectiveness.

For more information, see our complete financial statement at or call our Director of Finance, Debbie Schendel at 800-617-9905 x 101

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/28/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1912, an evangelist named Rev. Walter Duff Sr. moved his family from Ireland to the United States. As a young man, Walter Duff Jr. joined in his father's evangelism efforts and went on to pastor his own large church. However, through the prompting of both his father and his sister, Helen Duff Baugh (founder of Stonecroft Ministries), Walter Duff Jr. committed to spend the rest of his life recruiting and sending out of missionaries to country churches without leadership.

Rev. Walter Duff Sr. challenged his son to "send out 100 missionary pastors to rural North America. Thus, on September, 9, 1948, Village Missions was born, a ministry dedicated to sending out missionaries to rural communities across North America with the gospel of Christ. " During his lifetime, Rev. Duff Jr. directed the sending out of over 600 missionaries.

Ever since, Village Missions has served a variety of rural and urban communities across the United States and Canada. God continues to call us to send out dedicated, called, and gifted Village Missionaries to "Preach the Word and love the people." Today, Village Missions has 230 Village Missionaries currently serving across the North America. Only heaven can measure the impact this ministry has had on individual lives, communities, churches and the world.

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