Elam Ministries

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Every day, Iranians are coming to Christ. Every week, new house churches are being born in Iran, despite persecution. Elam exists to strengthen and expand this rapidly growing church. Much is happening, but -with your help- many more can be reached and discipled in the heart of the Muslim world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Elam Ministries, USA
5755 North Point Parkway
Suite 217
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Website: elam.com

Phone: 770-664-8800

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 582134253

CEO/President: David Yeghnazar

Chairman: Samuel Yeghnazar

Board size: 10

Founder: senior Iranian church leaders

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2021


Our desire is for all the people of Iran to have the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and follow him as disciples. We pray that Iran will continue to grow in becoming a missionary-sending nation, reaching many others for Christ.

Mission statement

Our mission is to strengthen and expand the church in the Iran region and beyond. To accomplish this we:
TRAIN Persian-speaking leaders for fruitful, effective ministry
EQUIP the Persian-speaking church with Bibles and resources for evangelism and discipleship
SEND the Gospel through trained evangelists, church planters and the media into the Persian-speaking world.

Statement of faith

Evangelical Christians accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the historic faith of the gospel therein set forth.

A. The sovereignty and grace of the triune God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

B. The divine inspiration and infallibility of the Old and New Testaments as originally given and their consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

C. The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen human beings, making them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.

D. The substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin and from its eternal consequences.

E. The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ who was crucified and bodily raised from the dead.

F. The illuminating, regenerating, in-dwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit

G. The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.

H. The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating156 of 107422 of 139
Fund acquisition rating402 of 107557 of 139
Resource allocation rating261 of 107519 of 139
Asset utilization rating187 of 107431 of 139

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$272,164$335,178$421,355$433,752$646,956
Short-term investments$20,219$20,320$9,164$21,125$10,426
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,462,431$1,692,840$1,788,131$2,327,345$1,509,650
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$288,079$304,366$314,052$343,362$370,238
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$288,079$304,366$314,052$343,362$370,238
Total assets$3,750,510$1,997,206$2,102,183$2,670,707$1,879,888
Payables and accrued expenses$56,451$36,872$459,598$371,232$37,832
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$56,451$36,872$459,598$371,232$37,832
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$249,000$249,000$249,000$269,000
Total liabilities$56,451$285,872$708,598$620,232$306,832
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,570,576$330,657$542,474$1,408,814$941,757
With donor restrictions$1,123,483$1,380,677$851,111$641,661$631,299
Net assets$3,694,059$1,711,334$1,393,585$2,050,475$1,573,056
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,916,799$8,827,079$7,327,348$7,354,288$5,454,899
Program service revenue$0$0$0$25,076$19,628
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$253$2,494$270($60)($448)
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$253$2,494$270$25,016$19,180
Total revenue$10,917,052$8,829,573$7,327,618$7,379,304$5,474,079
Program services$8,142,390$7,766,128$7,225,246$6,301,552$4,874,766
Management and general$357,815$311,195$327,794$217,898$231,110
Total expenses$8,932,018$8,511,587$7,988,011$6,907,829$5,490,809
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,985,034$317,986($660,393)$471,475($16,730)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,985,034$317,986($660,393)$471,475($16,730)


Ethan ErkelDirector/Technology Direct$157,123
David YeghnazarExecutive Director$133,203

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Elam's story begins with Rev. Sam Yeghnazar, one of Iran's most senior church leaders. Iranian by birth and a key leader in the United Bible Societies, Sam became the pastor of a small Iranian fellowship in London in 1984 while working with UBS. He served for 20 years as pastor and the church became the largest congregation of Iranian Muslim converts outside Iran at the time. Sensing the openness of Iranians to the Gospel, Sam left the UBS in 1986 to dedicate his life to ministry among Iranians.

In 1990, Sam Yeghnazar founded Elam Ministries with a vision to reach the Persian-speaking world for Christ. To do this, Elam College was established - the only Persian-speaking residential Bible training center in the world. At the time, there were fewer than 10 Persian speakers in the entire world with formal Bible training. Several years later, Elam began working with Wycliffe Bible Translators to develop a new translation of the Bible in modern-day Persian: the New Millennium Version, which was completed in 2014.

Today, Elam trains and mentors emerging leaders for effective ministry at a variety of levels and to serve in multiple contexts across the Persian-speaking world.

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