Touching Lives / James Merritt

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To touch a life is to ultimately impact another with the profound goodness of God's truth. It is the breath of vitality that can shift a soul to new hope. An opportunity lit by the grace of God to come alongside and speak life to them and with them.

We know the impact Jesus Christ can have on a life is truly remarkable. When the love of Christ breaks through troubled hearts and lives, it can no longer remain the same. It is moved. Transformed. Restored.

At Touching Lives, we have made a deep commitment to reach the lost, the broken, the spiritually blind, and all who thirst for God's truth and goodness. We have a passion to propel new life into your faith, inspire hope for the hopeless, and to reach those who seem too far. We know that all things are possible with God, and no soul is beyond God's reach--so we press on for His Glory.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Touching Lives, Inc.
1800 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30097


Phone: 770-982-0168


Organization details

EIN: 582181292

CEO/President: Dr. James Merritt

Chairman: Dr. James Merritt

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. James Merritt

Ruling year: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


Under the leadership and dynamic preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Touching Lives exists to touch the lives of the lost and enrich the faith of the found. Our goal is to present the eternal, never-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would hear and pray for the Holy Spirit to move mightily among His people.

Mission statement

To touch the lives of the lost and enrich the faith of the found.

Statement of faith

About the Bible

We believe the Bible is God's Holy Word. We believe that all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments were divinely inspired by God. Even though given through human personalities, the Bible is the perfect treasure of God. We believe the scriptures are inerrant and infallible in their original manuscript. The Bible is our full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. The Bible has God as its author, salvation for its end and truth, without any mixture of error, for its subject matter.

God the Father providentially cares for this universe. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present. God is Father and Truth to all who are His children through faith in Jesus Christ.

God the Son, Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was the human form of God who came as a gift to mankind. We believe that Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin. He lived a life that was perfect and without sin. Through His death on the cross, He served as the atonement for our sins. He was our substitute: The One Who satisfied justice and salvation. Jesus Christ was raised bodily from the dead. He ascended personally and visibly to be with His Father. He is presently serving as our Mediator with God. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can one receive God's salvation. Jesus Christ will, one day, return to this earth to bring human history to an end and fully complete God's purpose for redemption.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God. The Holy Spirit breathed the Holy Scripture to holy men of God. The Holy Spirit exalts Jesus Christ. He convicts persons of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the only One Who conforms the believers into the likeness of Jesus Christ. He empowers the believer to live the Christ-life, to worship God, to evangelize the world, and to serve others. The Holy Spirit makes this possible by indwelling the believer permanently at the point of salvation.

About Salvation

The central purpose of God is to bring sinful persons into fellowship with Him. The only way this can be accomplished is through repentance and faith. Repentance is turning from sin and turning to Jesus Christ. Faith is trusting Jesus Christ, and Him alone, for salvation. Salvation is a personal experience with Jesus Christ. Once a person has trusted Christ, the Lord continually works out His salvation in Him by making him more like Himself. Salvation will, one day, be culminated when we are in Heaven with Christ.

Our Faith and Practice

The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe this Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches us.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating115 of 10229 of 53
Fund acquisition rating227 of 102414 of 53
Resource allocation rating366 of 102425 of 53
Asset utilization rating156 of 10227 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$109,150$129,851$64,192$117,180$46,220
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$94,499
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$771,884$378,914$260,109$589,169$489,594
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$34,084$54,042$75,340$115,717$307,867
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$34,084$54,042$75,340$115,717$307,867
Total assets$805,968$432,956$335,449$704,886$797,461
Payables and accrued expenses$140,199$72,489$95,891$242,526$183,988
Other current liabilities$20,445$0$0$42,063$33,166
Total current liabilities$160,644$72,489$95,891$284,589$217,154
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$160,644$72,489$95,891$284,589$217,154
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$645,324$360,467$239,558$420,297$578,868
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$1,439
Net assets$645,324$360,467$239,558$420,297$580,307
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,331,184$2,238,352$2,176,268$2,008,174$2,023,164
Program service revenue$37,404$135,246$115,482$79,572$164,555
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$964$155$2,864$6,243
Other revenue($217)($992)$10,033$7,273$4,868
Total other revenue$37,187$135,218$125,670$89,709$175,666
Total revenue$2,368,371$2,373,570$2,301,938$2,097,883$2,198,830
Program services$1,715,728$1,847,252$2,003,491$1,820,302$1,880,608
Management and general$273,862$297,887$366,447$339,610$373,231
Total expenses$2,083,514$2,252,661$2,482,677$2,257,893$2,412,188
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$284,857$120,909($180,739)($160,010)($213,358)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$284,857$120,909($180,739)($160,010)($213,358)


Dr James MerrittCEO$84,915
Mitchell CroweTreasurer &$60,101
Bradley BrownCOO$60,011

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/14/2022. To update the information below, please email:


Program accomplishments

Touching Lives is currently broadcast in all 50 states and in over 140 countries around the world. All sermons, articles, and other content is made available through various digital media formats on the web. Literally millions of people have been affected through the ministry of Touching Lives with thousands responding to the Gospel of Jesus for the very first time.


Touching Lives is totally dependent on the prayers and faithful financial support of those who believe in this ministry.