Christian Worship Hour

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The Christian Worship Hour is a TV church service ministry with great gospel songs, Bible study lessons and online worship services. Dr. Harold E. Salem teaches Christians about God and Jesus Christ through the Bible and weekly online worship and sermons.

Contact information

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


Phone: 605-725-2770

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 460349721

CEO/President: William Bill Edwards

Chairman: Bill Edwards

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Harold E. Salem

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's mission is to tell the world of the saving grace of Jesus Christ and to encourage believers in their faith.

Statement of faith

The following core beliefs make up the foundation upon which all our ministry endeavors are based. The Christian Worship Hour believes:

- The Word of God: We believe the Bible to be the infallible Word of God; that it is His holy and inspired Word, and that it is of supreme and final authority. (II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 3:16).

- The Trinity: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19).

- God the Father: We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (I Timothy 1:17; John 14:6).

- God the Son: We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that He led a sinless life, took on Himself all our sins, died and rose again, and that He is seated at the right hand of the Father as our mediator and advocate. (John 1: 1-3).

- God the Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit, who being God, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8); and regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.

- Regeneration: We believe that all men everywhere are sinners by nature and by choice and are therefore under condemnation and face the judgment of God. We believe men are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and saved by God's grace through a personal faith in Jesus Christ and that we must dedicate ourselves anew to the service of our Lord and to His authority over our lives. (John 3:3; Titus 3:5).

- Resurrection: We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (Romans 8:11).

- The Body of Christ: We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ, and in holy Christian living, and that we must have concern for the hurts and social needs of our fellowmen.(Ephesians 4: 11, 12).

- The Church: We believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth and in heaven (Ephesians 3:15), the redeemed fellowship of believers, crossing denominational, cultural, national and racial lines, and is God's institution for bringing redemption and sanctification to individuals and families, and for evangelizing the nations.

- Global Ministry: We believe in using every modern means of communication available to us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. (Matthew 28:18-20).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating55 of 11123 of 28
Fund acquisition rating424 of 111413 of 29
Resource allocation rating17 of 11142 of 29
Asset utilization rating110 of 11124 of 28

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$237,732$420,888$182,933$166,353$70,877
Short-term investments$1,727,362$2,127,927$1,309,649$1,792,444$416,295
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,443,013$3,248,468$3,374,859$3,036,092$2,625,864
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$127,077$126,011$41,933$51,247$56,805
Other long-term assets$0$0$50,601$86,385$142,813
Total long-term assets$127,077$126,011$92,534$137,632$199,618
Total assets$2,570,090$3,374,479$3,467,393$3,173,724$2,825,482
Payables and accrued expenses$500,908$169,616$309,500$289,156$204,246
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$500,908$169,616$309,500$289,156$204,246
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$500,908$169,616$309,500$289,156$204,246
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,057,432$3,142,943$3,083,023$2,842,998$2,547,784
With donor restrictions$11,750$61,920$74,870$41,570$73,452
Net assets$2,069,182$3,204,863$3,157,893$2,884,568$2,621,236
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,231,767$4,055,148$4,311,877$4,027,955$3,883,108
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,508$5,755$12,504$43,771$24,145
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$2,508$5,755$12,504$43,771$24,145
Total revenue$3,234,275$4,060,903$4,324,381$4,071,726$3,907,253
Program services$3,760,994$3,620,022$3,633,771$3,401,808$2,917,650
Management and general$338,053$302,526$229,980$204,165$222,816
Total expenses$4,272,398$4,077,838$4,062,951$3,814,333$3,353,579
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,038,123)($16,935)$261,430$257,393$553,674
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,038,123)($16,935)$261,430$257,393$553,674


Kent Cutler SecretaryTreasurer/Social Media/Production$54,107
Stacey BeboDirector/Social Media$31,850

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/26/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The first live telecast of the Christian Worship Hour began in 1979 on KABY TV in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Since then, over 82 TV stations have been added, along with numerous satellite networks and, recently, one worldwide network. The vision of the CWH is to offer a worship service to those who are housebound. The telecast was never meant to be a substitute for worshipping in your own church. The broadcast airs on more than 82 stations and 5 networks domestically and around the world.

Program accomplishments

*44 years broadcasting the Christian Worship Hour.

*Listener/Viewer supported for 44 years.

*Entered digital platforms. Available on our website, our you tube channel, our facebook page and podcasts.


*Prayer Support - we would be most grateful for your prayers.

*Financial Support - If God leads, your financial support is appreciated as we continue proclaiming the gospel through the Christian Worship Hour.