Back to the Bible / Good News Broadcasting Association

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Back to the Bible is a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to leading people forward spiritually. Using media and technology, we meet people at their own spiritual level and walk with them daily into a living, growing and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ by equipping and motivating them to engage Scripture daily.

Back to the Bible seeks to honor God, value people, champion the Bible, advance ministry, and promote and practice stewardship, as we accomplish our mission and purpose.

Back to the Bible is non-denominational, which simply means we are not affiliated with or supported by any specific church or denominational group. Our financial support is supplied by God through the generous gifts of listeners and ministry friends.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Back to the Bible
PO Box 82808
Lincoln, NE 68501-2808


Phone: 800-759-2425


Organization details

EIN: 470405317

CEO/President: Dr. Arnie Cole

Chairman: Mr. Dale Michels

Board size: 5

Founder: Mr. Theodore Epp

Ruling year: 1943

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our Method - We partner with researchers at the Center for Bible Engagement to find out how people best connect with Scripture and what difference it makes in their day-to-day lives.

Our Work - Our research drives innovation in how we connect with God's people through radio, the internet, mobile apps and other emerging technologies.

Proven Results - We have seen measurable life transformation through engaging God's Word in people who were previously unengaged. This leads to a growing spiritual maturity evidenced by behavioral changes and a desire to introduce others to Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

Back to the Bible exists to help Ministries & individuals move closer to Jesus today than yesterday, leading to life transformation as you become a Biblically engaged disciple maker.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating872 of 102245 of 53
Fund acquisition rating766 of 102439 of 53
Resource allocation rating438 of 102426 of 53
Asset utilization rating970 of 102251 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$847,823$1,035,249$905,294$1,932,106$847,010
Short-term investments$1,442,116$1,917,465$3,909,011$2,718,011$3,305,255
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,951,179$3,823,640$8,260,979$4,994,316$4,453,018
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,099,505$1,684,070$1,022,885$23,660$73,360
Other long-term assets$6,787,022$6,804,935$7,303,979$7,149,804$7,508,885
Total long-term assets$9,886,527$8,489,005$8,326,864$7,173,464$7,582,245
Total assets$12,837,706$12,312,645$16,587,843$12,167,780$12,035,263
Payables and accrued expenses$473,945$290,266$1,056,830$732,746$1,022,336
Other current liabilities$132,673$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$606,618$290,266$1,056,830$732,746$1,022,336
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$9,012,417$9,511,965$10,003,265$10,353,942$11,715,506
Total long-term liabilities$10,319,744$9,511,965$10,003,265$10,411,971$11,776,035
Total liabilities$10,926,362$9,802,231$11,060,095$11,144,717$12,798,371
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions($801,894)($235,410)$2,621,985($2,784,734)($3,368,496)
With donor restrictions$1,788,857$2,745,824$2,905,763$3,807,797$2,605,388
Net assets$1,911,344$2,510,414$5,527,748$1,023,063($763,108)
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Total contributions$5,064,838$4,816,682$9,778,900$5,796,570$5,042,313
Program service revenue$77,783$231,776$46,299$121,488$221,137
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$56,352($7,091)$345,559$313,340($259,276)
Other revenue($248,858)($758,947)($400,522)$196,424($509,615)
Total other revenue($114,723)($534,262)($8,664)$631,252($547,754)
Total revenue$4,950,115$4,282,420$9,770,236$6,427,822$4,494,559
Program services$4,455,279$5,882,393$4,183,426$3,444,852$4,131,217
Management and general$507,106$578,424$488,893$618,294$947,190
Total expenses$5,549,185$7,299,754$5,265,551$4,641,651$5,660,502
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Surplus (deficit)($599,070)($3,017,334)$4,504,685$1,786,171($1,165,943)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($599,070)($3,017,334)$4,504,685$1,786,171($1,165,943)


Arnold R ColeCorporate CEO/Interim President of CBE$246,189
Nicole MierauCorporate Secretary$174,016
Sean GeweckeCorporate Treasurer/CFO$168,671
Jack BurkeDirector of Donor Development$144,124
Pam OvwighoExecutive Director Research & Dev$135,753
Christopher DavisMedia Production Engineer$127,407
Mark GrahamChief Tech Officer / Asst Secretary$111,082
Harold BerryBoard Member/Theological Consultant$12,182

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2022. To update the information below, please email:


1939 - Back to the Bible was founded by Theodore Epp in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1954 - First overseas office opens in England.

1980 - Warren Wiersbe joins as the radio Bible teacher.

1988 - Gateway to Joy, Back to the Bible's first women's program, began with Elisabeth Elliot

1990 - Dr. Woodrow Kroll joins as Bible teacher and general director.

2011 - Launch of the goTandem mobile discipleship tool.

2014 - Launch of Back to the Bible Custom Apps - offering ministries and organizations customizable spiritual growth mobile apps.

Program accomplishments

Six Ways You're Making a Difference:

You are helping people get engaged in the Bible in more than 180 countries earlier this year. (At one point, 88 countries were added in just a two-week period!) We've launched daily discipleship worldwide. - Through goTandem, you are reaching more than 350,000 users-over 25 percent non-believers and over 53 percent notional believers-individuals who are not engaged in the Bible and are under age 35. - As we've partnered with more than 1,000 churches, you have been impacting more than 156,000 congregants. - You have helped people receive goTandem in 11 different strategic languages. - You are helping develop a Bible engagement app for children. - You are making it possible to develop an app that will minister to individuals battling addictions