Ankerberg Theological Research Institute

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The John Ankerberg Show is an apologetics and evangelical media ministry committed to defending the Christian faith, encouraging the believer, and making God's Word heard around the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Ankerberg Theological Research Institute
PO Box 8977
Chattanooga, TN 37414


Phone: (423) 892-7722

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 621138444

CEO/President: Dr. John Ankerberg

Chairman: Don Ebner

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. John Ankerberg

Ruling year: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


The combination of our broadcast and online presence has allowed us to reach more people with the Gospel and much needed discipleship materials in exciting new ways. Some of our greatest recent impact has taken place in India, where we broadcast in English, Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil to over 80% of all television homes. Combined with online and mobile initiatives, we are seeing many people around the world come to faith in Christ and grow in Him.

Mission statement

The mission of the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute is to reach viewers and listeners for the gospel of Christ through radio, TV, and internet evangelism via the John Ankerberg show.

Statement of faith

ONE GOD - We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

SON OF GOD - We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

THE HUMAN CONDITION - We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed.

FORGIVENESS THROUGH JESUS - We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

BECOMING A CHILD OF GOD - We believe that all who receive by repentance and faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and become children of God.

EVERLASTING LIFE - We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

RESURRECTION - We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there for us as a High Priest and Advocate.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating440 of 111315 of 47
Fund acquisition rating360 of 111417 of 47
Resource allocation rating672 of 111427 of 47
Asset utilization rating447 of 111318 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$355,214$434,441$508,209$244,724$261,276
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,233,895$4,626,296$3,028,310$1,675,163$1,922,190
Long-term investments$5,991$5,991$5,991$5,991$17,991
Fixed assets$2,681,295$2,764,631$2,873,791$2,404,263$1,139,073
Other long-term assets$268,106$182,871$440,776$511,822$593,670
Total long-term assets$2,955,392$2,953,493$3,320,558$2,922,076$1,750,734
Total assets$8,189,287$7,579,789$6,348,868$4,597,239$3,672,924
Payables and accrued expenses$272,444$290,770$362,976$270,792$241,947
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$272,444$290,770$362,976$270,792$241,947
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$50,431$26,879$819,652$849,177$891,233
Total liabilities$322,875$317,649$1,182,628$1,119,969$1,133,180
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$7,815,912$7,211,640$5,115,740$3,435,270$2,493,191
With donor restrictions$50,500$50,500$50,500$42,000$46,553
Net assets$7,866,412$7,262,140$5,166,240$3,477,270$2,539,744
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,576,428$8,955,094$7,252,824$6,042,543$6,088,618
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$48$2,083$4,541$16,061($866)
Other revenue($26,496)$284,487$305,644($44,056)($35,201)
Total other revenue($26,448)$286,570$310,185($27,995)($36,067)
Total revenue$8,549,980$9,241,664$7,563,009$6,014,548$6,052,551
Program services$6,329,499$5,783,448$4,691,670$3,900,986$4,076,608
Management and general$1,149,699$1,037,160$871,219$844,003$616,347
Total expenses$7,945,708$7,145,764$5,874,039$5,077,022$5,018,136
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$604,272$2,095,900$1,688,970$937,526$1,034,415
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$604,272$2,095,900$1,688,970$937,526$1,034,415


Dr John AnkerbergPresident$258,679
Darlene AnkerbergCEO/Comptroller/Secretary$89,595
Michelle AnkerbergBoard Member$84,000

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 5/2/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Dr. Ankerberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, and holds three advanced degrees, including a Master of Arts in Church History and Philosophy of Christian Thought and Master of Divinity (with honors) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. He has spoken at more than 78 American universities, numerous nationwide conferences, and worldwide at major events across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He and his wife Darlene live in Chattanooga, Tennessee and have one grown daughter, Michelle.

The biggest turning point in John Ankerberg's life happened while he was still in high school. His family moved at that time, changing houses and also schools. A few weeks before school started, he was at a teen summer camp and heard a message asking 'will you be a witness for Christ?' He remembers sitting in an empty baseball diamond wrestling with God over this question, because he knew that for him that meant bringing his Bible with him to his new school and being vocal about his faith. It wasn't an easy decision, or one he made lightly, but Dr. Ankerberg says, "God won that fight... and that was a turning point, basically for my whole ministry." Bringing a Bible to school meant that kids asked questions, and those questions needed answers. His standard response was, "I don't know the answer to that, but let me find out and get back to you." These types of conversations with classmates prepared him for leading student ministries with his peers, then later doing college outreach, and speaking at evangelical crusades domestically and internationally.

1978-79:John began hosting debate style apologetics programming on KYFC, a Christian television station in Kansas City.

1980: The John Ankerberg Show began airing on the Christian Broadcast Network, KYFC (Kansas City) and WCFC (Chicago). The Ankerberg family moved to Chattanooga, TN.

1982: The John Ankerberg Show grew into a full-time job for John, leading him and his staff to rent ministry office space in Chattanooga, TN.

1991: Banquets and TV productions were hosted around the country, including a large Apologetics Conference in Orlando, FL in 1991.

1996-97: A ministry building was purchased, studio was built and the first John Ankerberg Show website was created.

2001: The studio was expanded and additional offices were added.

2008: John and a team traveled to Israel for three weeks to film on-site programs with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung.

2014: With an expanding overseas presence, the Ankerberg family traveled to India for the ICMA's Kingdom Media Conference. That trip paved the way for broadcasting in four languages across India.

2016: The JA Show began partnering with Faith Comes By Hearing to send audio Bible devices worldwide.

2016-17: Our free online discipleship course was filmed and developed, which has since been translated into 10 languages.

2017: Dr. Ankerberg shared the Word of God at Calvary Temple in Hyderabad, India. With over 180,000 members at its main campus alone, it is the fastest growing church in the world!

2019-20: An adjacent property was purchased debt-free, remodeled, and now houses staff, expanding ministry headquarters with the new Global Communication Center. With this new building, and our state of the art set, The John Ankerberg Show staff continues to fulfill its central mission.

2020 - Future: Our next prayer is that God would help us reach over 7 million people through audio Bible listening groups by 2022.

This movement has grown far beyond our original plans and has become a work of God touching lives in more than 110 nations. You can serve as a missionary right where you are today through your prayers and gifts to the unreached.

Program accomplishments

- Television. Over 4.5 billion potential viewers in over 200 countries with an office in the US and Canada. The John Ankerberg Show has been sharing and defending the gospel for over 40 years. The TV show is the flagship of the John Ankerberg Show's ministries.
- Audio Bibles. Over 10.4 million people have been impacted by audio Bibles.
- Podcasts. Podcast on various platforms are downloaded 24,000x monthly across 57 countries.
- Discipleship. Around 7.5 million people have been discipled through audio Bible listening groups.
- Digital Media. Through our various digital media platforms, our reach extends over 200+ countries.