The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans

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The Urban Alternative is a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry founded by Dr. Tony Evans. We aim to spread the teaching of God's Word through Christian media with the goal of transforming lives. We offer sermons, sermon outlines, books, prayers, Bible studies and more on topics such as Christian living, marriage, discipleship, and spiritual growth, as taught by Tony Evans.

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country's most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Urban Alternative
PO Box 4000
Dallas, TX 75208


Phone: 1-800-800-3222


Organization details

EIN: 751835253

CEO/President: Dr. Anthony T. Evans

Chairman: Dr. Anthony T. Evans / Robert Breunig

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Anthony T. Evans

Ruling year: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


The first African American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), he served as an associate professor in the Pastoral Ministries Department at DTS in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. He continues to serve DTS on the Board of Incorporate Members. Dr. Evans is the former chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys and former chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks for over three decades, which is the longest standing NBA chaplaincy on record.

Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and Study Bible by an African American.

Through his local church and national ministry, Dr. Evans promotes a kingdom agenda philosophy that teaches God's comprehensive rule over every sphere of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society.

This philosophy connects biblical spirituality with social responsibility. Dr. Evans teaches that the church, not the government, is the best social service delivery system since it is closer to the needs of the people, offers the largest potential volunteer force, has facilities for outreach programs, and provides a moral and spiritual frame of reference for making right choices.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans' church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-a-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Mission statement

The Urban Alternative is a ministry that seeks to equip, empower and unite Christians to impact individuals, families, churches and communities for the rebuilding of lives from the inside out.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating794 of 109436 of 52
Fund acquisition rating895 of 109745 of 53
Resource allocation rating752 of 109736 of 53
Asset utilization rating412 of 109419 of 52

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$556,757$384,232$424,593$413,955$421,657
Short-term investments$981,147$885,963$9,241$14,310$21,705
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,160,270$5,794,875$4,766,114$4,491,816$4,378,620
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,681,999$4,749,504$4,047,093$3,074,342$2,401,084
Other long-term assets$620,096$596,145$509,608$462,399$415,416
Total long-term assets$5,302,095$5,345,649$4,556,701$3,536,741$2,816,500
Total assets$13,462,365$11,140,524$9,322,815$8,028,557$7,195,120
Payables and accrued expenses$868,759$686,503$773,245$553,762$583,848
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$868,759$686,503$773,245$553,762$583,848
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$35,060$34,574
Total long-term liabilities$587,144$635,327$724,780$845,347$728,808
Total liabilities$1,455,903$1,321,830$1,498,025$1,399,109$1,312,656
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$12,006,462$9,818,694$6,519,975$5,179,870$4,481,939
With donor restrictions$0$0$1,304,815$1,449,578$1,400,525
Net assets$12,006,462$9,818,694$7,824,790$6,629,448$5,882,464
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,343,083$13,555,850$11,526,278$9,455,158$9,282,084
Program service revenue$126,266$458,229$66,634$57,193$40,748
Membership dues$0$0$25,385$25,633$27,784
Investment income$25,556$14,555$2,277$2,167$3,350
Other revenue$1,094,342$320,777$674,320$805,197$617,160
Total other revenue$1,246,164$793,561$768,616$890,190$689,042
Total revenue$16,589,247$14,349,411$12,294,894$10,345,348$9,971,126
Program services$10,902,011$9,084,909$8,368,009$7,226,141$6,227,940
Management and general$1,417,141$1,538,511$1,331,915$1,157,410$1,058,877
Total expenses$14,467,354$12,387,981$11,099,552$9,587,466$8,255,288
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$2,121,893$1,961,430$1,195,342$757,882$1,715,838
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,121,893$1,961,430$1,195,342$757,882$1,715,838


Dr Anthony T EvansPresident$197,359
Mr J Daryl LeeChief Financial Officer$125,945
Mr William E CollinsVice President$116,460
Dr Lois I EvansSenior Vice President$40,257

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/28/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


At the tender age of 24 (1973) Tony Evans, was contacted by a radio show producer from Houston (KHCB). This man had contacted Dallas Theological Seminary, where Tony was a junior in the ThM program, asking for great preaching content to put on his program for free. One of Tony's professors recommended him. Thus began the public broadcasting of Dr. Tony Evans. Recorded in a tiny studio on the seminary campus, Tony spent the next few years faithfully preaching into a microphone for a crowd unseen in Houston.

Nearly a decade later, The Urban Alternative was formed in 1981 when requests for Dr. Evans' sermons came in so frequently from his Houston and Dallas radio broadcasts that Mrs. Lois Evans, co-founder of the ministry, began fulfilling orders. Mrs. Evans used her business skills to organize, develop and expand the outreach and growth of the ministry.

In 1986, Tony was invited to preach at the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference. This drew enormous attention and encouragement to expand the ministry even further.

Not too long after that appearance at NRB, radio stations began to air Dr. Evans' program. Under the leadership of Dr. Lois Evans, Senior Vice-President of TUA, the radio ministry grew nationally and internationally. The reach of Tony's preaching now spans the world with his broadcasts airing on more than 1,400 radio outlets and in over 130 countries, reaching millions each week.

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country's most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

Program accomplishments

The Urban Alternative, a national organization that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in urban America through the church. The Urban Alternative radio broadcast, "The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans" can be heard over 500 stations daily throughout the U.S. and in over 40 countries worldwide. The broadcast can also be seen on several television stations.