Christian Worship Hour

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Christian Worship Hour is dedicated to proclaiming the Word of God in truth, so that all who are lost can find him and believers' sense of faith and hope is renewed. Our TV church services have the sole mission of exalting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so that all may find eternal life, joy, and faith through his unwavering promises.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Worship Hour
P.O. Box 2002
Aberdeen, SD 57402


Phone: 605-725-2770


Organization details

EIN: 460349721

CEO/President: William Bill Edwards


Board size: 0


Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


Our purpose will always be to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ so that all may come to everlasting life through faith in Him, bringing glory to God the Father Almighty. Amen.

The vision of the CWH is to offer TV church services and worship services to those who are housebound. The telecast was never meant to be a substitute for worshipping in your own church.

Mission statement

The Christian Worship Hour was ordained by God to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the world. The Christian Worship Hour TV church services proclaim the Word of God simply and humbly in all its truth and purity, with special concern and compassion for the lost and with hope and encouragement for all believers. The Christian Worship Hour seeks to win the lost to Christ, to minister to the lonely, the elderly, and the shut-ins, and to nurture the saved in their daily walk with the Lord with live preaching broadcasts.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating121 of 10225 of 32
Fund acquisition rating415 of 102414 of 32
Resource allocation rating110 of 10245 of 32
Asset utilization rating235 of 10229 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$166,353$70,877$46,460$122,079$0
Short-term investments$1,792,444$416,295$906,366$814,695$504,279
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,036,092$2,625,864$2,181,452$1,829,598$1,025,969
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$51,247$56,805$48,182$49,536$0
Other long-term assets$86,385$142,813$99,726$0$0
Total long-term assets$137,632$199,618$147,908$49,536$0
Total assets$3,173,724$2,825,482$2,329,360$1,879,134$1,025,969
Payables and accrued expenses$289,156$204,246$261,798$119,733$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$289,156$204,246$261,798$119,733$0
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$289,156$204,246$261,798$119,733$0
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$2,842,998$2,547,784$2,067,562$1,759,401$1,025,969
With donor restrictions$41,570$73,452$0$0$0
Net assets$2,884,568$2,621,236$2,067,562$1,759,401$1,025,969
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,027,955$3,883,108$3,291,769$3,129,725$2,847,225
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$43,771$24,145$9,313$1,809$13,177
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$43,771$24,145$9,313$1,809$13,177
Total revenue$4,071,726$3,907,253$3,301,082$3,131,534$2,860,402
Program services$3,401,808$2,917,650$2,589,125$2,195,009$2,786,189
Management and general$204,165$222,816$191,328$144,738$151,776
Total expenses$3,814,333$3,353,579$2,996,390$2,339,747$2,937,965
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$257,393$553,674$304,692$791,787($77,563)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$257,393$553,674$304,692$791,787($77,563)


Pastor Harold E SalemSpokesman$81,937
Kent CutlerSecretary/Treasurer$52,579

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 11/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


The Lord is our light and our salvation, and at Christian Worship Hour it is our mission to bring the word of God to as many people as possible through our TV church services. The modern world is full of uncertainty, but the one thing we as Christians can rely on is that God never forsakes us and never leaves us. His word is eternal, and we are called to listen and spread this message of faith to all our brothers and sisters, now, more than ever. With broadcast partners across the world, our TV church services have reached billions of believers globally and we look forward to sharing these words of hope with you and your loved ones. Tune in for our online worship and sermons to hear the words of God proclaimed by people of faith and use them to go out and spread Jesus' message of peace and joy to those around you. We bring the word of God in our online worship and sermons to people across the United States, including Abilene, Aberdeen, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boise, Boston, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Fargo, Grand Forks, Houston, Lincoln, Memphis, New York City, Omaha, Peoria, San Antonio, Sioux Falls, and more.

Program accomplishments

KABY-TV was the original TV station to broadcast the first live Christian Worship Hour back in January of 1979 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. As of today, we now broadcast to over 100 million homes in the United States and to over 1.6 billion viewers across the globe. Our broadcast partners include 90 TV stations, 5 cable and satellite networks, and 3 worldwide networks.