Elna M. Smith Foundation / The Great Passion Play

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Elna M. Smith Foundation (the organization generally goes by the name "The Great Passion Play") provides biblical re-enactments, bible tours and educational facilities. It was formed in 1965 and provides the public with the following programs: The Great Passion Play; Sacred Art Center; the Bible Museum; Christ of the Ozarks; and the New Holy Land. The Great Passion Play is a reenactment of Jesus' last days on earth. The New Holy Land Tours take you into the history and culture of the ancient Middle-East from the time of the occupation by the Caananites to the time of Christ. The seven-story Christ of the Ozarks Statue is one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. The statue was completed and dedicated in 1966, and was sculptured by the late Emmet Sullivan. The Bible Museum contains over 6,000 Bibles in 625 languages and dialects, and a large collection of parchments and artifacts. The Sacred Arts Center is a collection of art that includes some very important masterpieces and some unusual pieces.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Great Passion Play
935 Passion Play Rd
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Website: greatpassionplay.com

Phone: (479) 253-8559

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 710387411

CEO/President: Randall Christy

Chairman: Rev. Keith Butler

Board size: 0

Founder: Ms. Elna M. Smith

Ruling year: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Staged in an outdoor amphitheater, the multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of over 100 Biblically costumed actors come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ's last days on earth. This Christian attraction has been performed since 1968 in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Mission statement

The Elna M. Smith Foundation's Mission Statement is:

The purpose for the existence of the Foundation is to acquire, establish, construct and maintain shrines, monuments, libraries, memorials, archives, historical locations, art galleries and exhibits and to preserve books and manuscripts of notable Christian patriots.

The Christ of the Ozarks Statue inspires thousands to reflect on the teachings and character of our Savior.

The Great Passion Play, faithful to the authentic traditions of Christianity, presents the complete story of Christ's last days on earth in a setting simulating the city of Jerusalem.

The Sacred Arts Center touches every phase of artistic tribute to our Lord and presents portrayals in every known form of art.

The Bible Museum with its collection of Bibles and ancient ecclesiastic objects glorifies the Word of God, which is indeed the textbook of Christianity.

The New Holy Land replicas, reenactments, life-size buildings and exhibits will acquaint people with the Jerusalem existing at the time of Christ and cause them to reflect on the traditional beliefs of the Church.

These Sacred Projects cannot be separated because they combine to make the most significant educational shrine in the Western World calling attention to the historical and authentic traditional values of Christianity.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating890 of 110447 of 60
Fund acquisition rating269 of 110513 of 60
Resource allocation rating1015 of 110553 of 60
Asset utilization rating974 of 110456 of 60

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$227,523$131,460$139,554$75,503$110,784
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$617,299$1,045,706$718,847$130,251$107,456
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,124,418$1,728,140$1,839,599$1,958,337$2,077,355
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,124,418$1,728,140$1,839,599$1,958,337$2,077,355
Total assets$2,741,717$2,773,846$2,558,446$2,088,588$2,184,811
Payables and accrued expenses$45,838$37,186$13,661$28,489$72,197
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$45,838$37,186$13,661$28,489$72,197
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$478,503$1,763,518$2,006,535$2,037,001$2,126,509
Total long-term liabilities$485,503$1,919,777$2,234,589$2,104,781$2,194,289
Total liabilities$531,341$1,956,963$2,248,250$2,133,270$2,266,486
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,210,376$816,883$310,196($44,682)($81,675)
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,210,376$816,883$310,196($44,682)($81,675)
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$775,373$1,409,717$814,899$565,593$316,299
Program service revenue$1,183,945$1,089,721$710,127$1,000,034$1,244,079
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$83$213$4$5$2
Other revenue$443,815$262,085$194,563$171,224$77,812
Total other revenue$1,627,843$1,352,019$904,694$1,171,263$1,321,893
Total revenue$2,403,216$2,761,736$1,719,593$1,736,856$1,638,192
Program services$1,461,544$1,883,802$1,221,793$1,325,706$1,246,088
Management and general$646,749$371,247$142,922$374,157$479,331
Total expenses$2,108,293$2,255,049$1,364,715$1,699,863$1,725,419
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$294,923$506,687$354,878$36,993($87,227)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$294,923$506,687$354,878$36,993($87,227)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/26/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The Great Passion Play is a 501-C3 non-profit, non-denominational ministry founded in 1967. The Christ of the Ozarks Statue was the first of the sacred projects to be constructed, followed by The Great Passion Play, the New Holy Land, the Bible Museum and the Sacred Arts Center.

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