Family Life Communications Inc (previously Family Life Broadcasting System)

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We're a network of 41 Christian radio stations reaching more than 17 million people in our broadcast areas. Our listener-supported ministry will celebrate it's 55th year of ministry in 2021.

As you enjoy Family Life Radio, we also encourage you to learn more about our flagship program, Intentional Living with Dr. Randy Carlson. It will help you grow closer to God and set you on a path toward living a life that is pleasing to Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Family Life Radio
PO Box 35300
Tucson, AZ 85740-5740


Phone: (800) 776-1070

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 860796113

CEO/President: Evan Carlson

Chairman: Dr. Randy Carlson

Board size: 9

Founder: Mr. Warren Bolthouse

Ruling year: 2000

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


To see individuals, families, churches and nations of the world transformed - as evidenced by individuals living an intentional life in Christ.

Mission statement

To be a Biblical, Christ-centered communications and educational ministry dedicated to reaching people and igniting transformation within by affirming faith, inspiring hope and equipping each person to live an intentional life in Christ.

Statement of faith

What We Believe

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)

We believe that the Bible in its entirety (composed of 66 books) is the Holy, infallible Word of God; that it is and ever shall be the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and the final authority in all spiritual matters. (II Timothy 3:16)

We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Son. We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and by His voluntary sacrificial death on Calvary and by His bodily and visible resurrection from the dead, paid the penalty of sin and purchased eternal life for all. (Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:20, 21, 25; John 19:17-19; 20:16, 17)

We believe that God created the universe and that it was perfect; that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin; that all men are sinners by nature and under God's condemnation. (Genesis 1:1, 2, 27; Romans 5:18a)

We believe that salvation is the gift of God, by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins; that this salvation is the possession of those who by faith accept Christ as their personal Savior. We believe that there is no other way of salvation. (John 3:16; 16:7-11; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:5, 8)

We believe that the Holy Spirit, who is a Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that it is by His power that the born-again Christian is enabled to live the Christian life. (Matthew 28:18, 19; Romans 8:1, 14)

We believe that the Bible teaches that each believer can and is commanded to live in separation from all worldly and sinful practices. (II Corinthians 6:17)

We believe that the Scriptural local church is made up of born-again believers, joined together for the purpose of spiritual fellowship, Christian growth and the propagation of the Gospel.

We believe that every born-again Christian should be an active member of such a church; that the local church is God's prime instrument of testimony in this age; that the work of Christian teaching and of worldwide evangelism is entrusted first to such churches; and that no organization or fellowship should have priority over such a church. (Hebrews 10:25)

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He is interceding for each believer; that He will bodily and visibly return again.

We believe that God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus; that those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ shall dwell eternally with Him, and that those who refuse His offer of salvation shall eternally be cast into the Lake of Fire. (John 14:1-3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8)

We believe that marriage was instituted by God as a picture of His love for His church with the intent that it would be a life-long heterosexual union between one woman and one man, to the exclusion of any other person, without separation or divorce; resulting in mutual spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy. (I Corinthians 7:3-5; 7:10-11; Genesis 2:24)

We believe that each parent has a God given responsibility to nurture, love, protect and discipline their children; with the hope of raising a responsible adult, and doing so without being harsh or punitive in the execution of their responsibility. (Ephesians 6:1-4)

We believe that God created human life to begin at conception and end at death; and that each human being, no matter their age, appearance, physical or mental challenges, race, born or unborn, to be of priceless value and of great worth. (John 3:16; Psalm 139:13-14)

We believe that Family Life Communications' success is dependent upon a unified group of employees, board members and volunteers who each willingly, and without reservation, agree with the tenets of this statement of faith and will commit to pattern their life and relationships in accordance with it.

This statement of faith cannot be altered in any way without the expressed approval of the Board of Directors of Family Life Communications Incorporated.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating394 of 103311 of 32
Fund acquisition rating533 of 103518 of 32
Resource allocation rating205 of 10357 of 32
Asset utilization rating625 of 103316 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$52,814$148,186$73,629$0$0
Short-term investments$2,237,786$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$12,792,927$8,255,078$5,997,507$5,557,205$6,024,316
Long-term investments$0$1,975,832$1,928,927$1,989,209$1,750,961
Fixed assets$3,537,542$3,528,444$3,502,854$4,390,771$3,918,460
Other long-term assets$4,513,117$4,655,768$4,472,692$3,386,026$4,145,935
Total long-term assets$8,050,659$10,160,044$9,904,473$9,766,006$9,815,356
Total assets$20,843,586$18,415,122$15,901,980$15,323,211$15,839,672
Payables and accrued expenses$490,644$393,522$246,654$415,112$440,091
Other current liabilities$24,877$601,232$30,500$0$200,272
Total current liabilities$515,521$994,754$277,154$415,112$640,363
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$175,202$207,705$237,255$408,125$435,042
Total long-term liabilities$175,202$207,705$237,255$408,125$1,695,864
Total liabilities$690,723$1,202,459$514,409$823,237$2,336,227
Net assets20212020201920172016
Without donor restrictions$20,149,462$17,209,262$15,368,220$14,496,572$13,498,523
With donor restrictions$3,401$3,401$19,351$3,402$4,922
Net assets$20,152,863$17,212,663$15,387,571$14,499,974$13,503,445
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Total contributions$11,291,777$10,060,366$9,483,222$9,150,645$9,100,632
Program service revenue$444,890$58,642$48,279$131,620$60,714
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$551,904$135,050$220,975$286,154$229,756
Other revenue$148,606$664,831$491,883$95,668$91,086
Total other revenue$1,145,400$858,523$761,137$513,442$381,556
Total revenue$12,437,177$10,918,889$10,244,359$9,664,087$9,482,188
Program services$8,300,360$7,961,649$8,067,843$7,761,371$7,730,217
Management and general$503,339$495,611$491,186$444,659$444,099
Total expenses$9,496,977$9,093,827$9,261,268$8,893,135$8,863,302
Change in net assets20212020201920172016
Surplus (deficit)$2,940,200$1,825,062$983,091$770,952$618,886
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$225,577($196,209)
Total change in net assets$2,940,200$1,825,062$983,091$996,529$422,677


Randy L CarlsonCEO/Dir./Chairman$198,006
Evan CarlsonPresident/COO Dir.$178,263
Mack A PiotrowskiTreasurer/CFOO$121,395
Michael KankelfritzAnnouncer/Program Dir.$117,200
Adam BiddellChief Broadcast Systems Officer$116,362
Sally BartonChief Broadcast Engagement Officer$100,924

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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God-given goals can make a difference in your life and, potentially, the lives of thousands of others. It all starts with determining and doing One Thing each day over time to make lasting change.

For Warren Bolthouse and his wife Char, that One Thing was a desire to bring Christ-centered Christian radio to their community of Jackson, Michigan, back in the 1960s. This was a time when Christian programming was relegated to a few hours of Sunday morning airtime on secular stations.

Early Years:
In 1961, Warren began producing "Teen Time," a half-hour program produced in the basement studio of Warren and Char's home on Jericho Road. The program aired Sunday mornings on WIBM. Later, he started the "Happy Day Express" program for pre-teens and began producing 20 hours of weekly programming for broadcast on WIBM.

In April 1966, Warren launched the Family Radio Evangelistic Corporation which would ultimately become Family Life Radio. Broadcast time on WIBM expanded to 12 hours each day from Warren's basement studio.

Times of Trial
In December of that year, a lightning storm torched the station transmitter knocking Christian radio off the air for eight months. During that time, Warren and Char almost lost their home. Warren considered returning to pastoral work, but Char encouraged him to persevere. Ultimately, the transmitter was repaired and they went back on the air in August 1967.

Warren then formed a Board of Directors for oversight and protection of the Family Radio Evangelistic Corporation. And in December 1968, he held a fundraiser to gain $24,000 to purchase WUNN in Mason, Michigan. January 12, 1969, marked the first day of broadcasting on the ministry's first owned and operated station.

Building & Expansion
After changing its name to the Family Life Broadcasting System, two more Michigan stations were purchased in 1971 and 1973.

"Sometimes I wonder, 'What if we'd just stopped with three stations and said we've got enough work'," Warren said. "But we didn't stop there because the Lord continued to expand the vision. Once we had a station or two going, we knew how to do it, so why stop?"

Family Life Radio expanded west with stations in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, in the late 1970s. A few years later, Family Life Radio's ministry headquarters was moved to Tucson, followed by more station purchases in Albuquerque, Detroit and West Texas.

A Growing Network Today, the network boasts 20 full power stations and 21 translators covering 11 states with a broadcast reach of more than 17 million listeners.

"Warren and Char [established] early on that we were going to be built upon God's Word, built upon prayer, and build upon integrity," said Dr. Randy Carlson. "Those [values] were set and stay firmly in place today."

The life-changing music and Biblical teaching you hear on Family Life Radio are due in large part to the commitment Warren and Char over 55 years ago. Their One Thing has grown to an expanding network of Christian radio stations stretching coast to coast, reaching millions of people with music and programs that declare Christ and help listeners live intentionally.

God has been faithful to take One Thing and multiply. He's done more than anyone could ever ask or imagine through His ministry at Family Life Radio.

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