Coral Ridge Ministries

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Coral Ridge Ministries seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the supremacy of His Lordship, and a biblically informed view of the world, using all available media, so that Jesus Christ would be known throughout all of the Earth and that everywhere He might be trusted, loved, and served.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Coral Ridge Ministries
PO Box 11184
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339


Phone: (866) 534-1294

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 650496702

CEO/President: Rev. Robert J. Pacienza

Chairman: William Allen

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. D. James Kennedy

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc. d/b/a D. James Kennedy Ministries has several goals: to communicate the fullness of the Gospel message, with love and without compromise; to use all available media, and other ways yet undreamed of, to reach the world for Christ; to uphold standards of integrity, compassion, and above all, biblical fidelity; to pursue excellence in all things, and all things to the glory of God. The Organization accomplishes these goals through the teaching of God's word through radio, television, the printed word, and other media; by assisting Christians in their spiritual growth by providing video, audio, and printed resources; and by encouraging the application of Biblical principles through media broadcasting. Millions of people are reached and served each year.

Mission statement

To proclaim the good news of the Gospel throughout the Earth, introducing people to the Person and the redeeming work of Jesus Christ;

To teach and nurture His followers, helping them to grow in grace and in service to Christ and His church;

To equip and encourage believers to live out their faith, making a difference in the world around them;

To defend religious liberty, by helping believers understand America's Christian heritage and by motivating them to lovingly engage the culture with the heart and mind of Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating604 of 111022 of 47
Fund acquisition rating652 of 111128 of 47
Resource allocation rating803 of 111132 of 47
Asset utilization rating293 of 111010 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$908,002$987,288$934,840$897,140$964,024
Short-term investments$1,678,017$3,031,080$3,523,431$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,387,389$4,815,457$5,604,291$1,840,149$1,423,510
Long-term investments$369,414$413,779$482,583$1,189,233$1,464,720
Fixed assets$234,345$235,706$143,798$23,505$62,145
Other long-term assets$1,028,422$1,028,422$1,028,422$1,028,422$1,028,422
Total long-term assets$1,632,181$1,677,907$1,654,803$2,241,160$2,555,287
Total assets$5,019,570$6,493,364$7,259,094$4,081,309$3,978,797
Payables and accrued expenses$643,936$474,648$367,390$334,841$412,735
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$643,936$474,648$367,390$334,841$412,735
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$601,045$662,060$734,023$823,661$870,704
Total long-term liabilities$601,045$662,060$734,023$1,178,326$870,704
Total liabilities$1,244,981$1,136,708$1,101,413$1,513,167$1,283,439
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$3,184,909$4,851,511$5,447,207$2,202,570$2,040,833
With donor restrictions$589,680$505,145$710,474$365,572$654,525
Net assets$3,774,589$5,356,656$6,157,681$2,568,142$2,695,358
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,120,955$4,515,089$5,196,798$4,372,497$4,332,610
Program service revenue$115,763$212,843$166,219$32,495$49,271
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$55,836$276,841$455$22$203
Other revenue$133,892$92,115$2,661,290$336,720$137,666
Total other revenue$305,491$581,799$2,827,964$369,237$187,140
Total revenue$4,426,446$5,096,888$8,024,762$4,741,734$4,519,750
Program services$4,903,778$4,276,750$3,499,303$3,730,667$4,518,236
Management and general$1,015,128$769,635$828,487$721,640$734,608
Total expenses$6,281,351$5,356,682$4,816,067$4,925,524$5,751,056
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($1,854,905)($259,794)$3,208,695($183,790)($1,231,306)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,854,905)($259,794)$3,208,695($183,790)($1,231,306)


Steve CarlsonDirector of Media Production$128,479
Debra L RevitzerDirector of Capital Campaign/Special Proj$120,070
John RabeDirector of Creative Production$120,047
Iboyla CharlesDirector of Operations$116,716
Jerry NewcombeSenior Producer/Executive Director/TPF$116,462
Robert J PacienzaPresident / CEO$61,538
Lauren CooleyDirector$11,077

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/15/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Celebrating Over Forty Years of Broadcasting D. James Kennedy had a large vision--a vision for making a global impact for Christ. One Sunday evening in 1960 he read Jeremiah 33:3 to his small congregation. No more than 15 to 20 people were present, but after he read the following from Jeremiah 33:3: "Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not," he said something that astounded his listeners: "You know, I believe we can change the world!"

It began with Evangelism Explosion in 1962, a ministry for training Christians to personally share their faith and lead others to Christ.

By 1973, as the yet-to-be-completed new Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church sanctuary was going up, Dr. Kennedy had begun to see that there was another tool he could use effectively to make a global impact for Christ--mass communications--now developing at a fantastic rate.

As he addressed those who were present for the dedication of the new church building in 1974, Dr. Kennedy set the vision for not only the mission of the church, but also for the media ministry that would eventually broadcast his sermons and the Coral Ridge Church services worldwide. He spoke of that vision to his congregation telling them:

It is our prayer, that through this church, the Gospel of Jesus Christ might be radiated through television and radio, motion pictures and cassettes, books and clinics, and by ways yet undreamed of unto the entire world, that the command of Christ to go and proclaim the Gospel to every creature might be fulfilled in our generation.

That year, the radio ministry was launched with a radio outreach on five stations in Michigan, and four years later in 1978, the Coral Ridge worship service was first broadcast on television. Over the next 27 years syndication was to expand to a high point of 675 television stations and 700 radio facilities.

In the 1990's Dr. Kennedy's radio program Truths That Transform was on more than 300 radio outlets nationwide and The Coral Ridge Hour was in every major TV market in the United States. Dr. Kennedy became recognized as "one of the leading Christian statesmen of the day." His biographer Herbert Williams notes that he became "a much-sought-after guest on 'celebrity shows.' His TV appearances include[d] Crossfire, CBS Nightwatch, MacNeil/Lehrer Report, Donahue, The Merv Griffin Show, and a Ted Koppel special on televangelism." In addition, Dr. Kennedy was quoted in national magazines and newspapers such as the U.S. New and World Report, Christianity Today, The Washington Times, USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He was also a frequent guest on Morning Joe and from time to time Bill O'Reilly of Fox television would call his home to ask him about issues dealing with religion in public affairs and conflicts over manger scenes and church/state battles.

As the national and international scope of the ministry expanded, it made sense by 1996 to incorporate the ministry as a free-standing organization, Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc., separate and apart from Coral Ridge Church and having its own board of directors and executive staff. Coral Ridge Ministries became the vehicle for the broadcast ministry of Dr. Kennedy,

In 2003, NRB professionals awarded The Coral Ridge Hour the honor of being the "Television Program of the Year" and in 2004 they designated the radio program, Truths That Transform, "Best Radio Teaching Program" of the year. In 2005, Dr. Kennedy, himself, was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Now known as D. James Kennedy Ministries, the organization founded by Dr. Kennedy has continued his mission and legacy since his death in 2007. In addition to the broadcast channels of radio and television (now available on cable, satellite and the Internet), the ministry has published numerous books and booklets, as well as a monthly newsletter IMPACT, which was expanded in 2015 to a 48 page digest format with the inclusion of monthly devotionals by Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Jerry Newcombe, who collaborated with Dr. Kennedy on over 16 books.

In April of 2015, Dr. Frank Wright took the helm of D. James Kennedy Ministries as President and CEO. Jim Carlson notes that Dr. Wright was "a decade's long friend and student of the late Dr. Kennedy and he shares an incredible understanding of Dr. Kennedy's biblical perspective, his commitment to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and this ministry's Cultural Mandate."

Dr. Kennedy named Dr. Wright as the first director of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship in Washington, D.C. Later Dr. Wright served for ten years as the president and chief executive officer of the National Religious Broadcasters, as well as president and chief operating officer of Salem Communications Corporation, one of the preeminent Christian media companies in the world. Dr. Wright's wealth of experience in the areas of broadcast management and public policy uniquely qualify him to assume the leadership of the ministry.

Dr. D. James Kennedy left behind a great legacy, much of which has been preserved on audio and video tapes and in the many books he wrote. We pray that, as the ministry now bearing his name, we may faithfully steward this vast repository of his teaching, and by using all the current channels of communication and, in the future, the "ways yet undreamed of," we may serve as a megaphone to the world, proclaiming the Gospel to every creature. Our motto, as was Dr. Kennedy's, continues to be: "Excellence in all things, and all things to the glory of God."

Program accomplishments

Celebrating Over Forty-Five Years of Broadcasting

Thanks to our supporters, the teachings of the late Dr. D. James Kennedy are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world with internet access.