East-West Ministries International

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We train and send believers from various backgrounds across cultures to start church planting movements among the unreached. Using simple, Biblical, and reproducible tools, our missionaries and national partners invite the lost into a relationship with Jesus Christ. We empower local believers with simple tools to share the gospel, disciple new believers, and plant churches in their own contexts.

Contact information

Mailing address:
East-West Ministries International
2001 West Plano Parkway
Suite 3000
Plano, TX 75075

Website: eastwest.org

Phone: 972-941-4500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 752486132

CEO/President: Dr. Kurt Nelson

Chairman: Scott Luttrell

Board size: 15

Founder: John Maisel and Bud Toole

Ruling year: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


The vision of East-West is to glorify God by multiplying followers of Jesus in the spiritually darkest areas of the world.

Mission statement

East-West exists to mobilize the Body of Christ to evangelize the lost and equip local believers to multiply disciples and healthy churches among unreached peoples and/or in restricted access communities.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the fully inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. Rom. 15:4; Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: 1 Thess. 1:3-6; 1 Peter 1:1-3; John 14:7-11; Heb. 1:1-3; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-5; 14-17

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ: John 8:58; John 10:30

We believe that salvation is totally dependent on God and His grace: Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 6:23; Acts 16:30,31

We believe that the new birth of the believer comes through faith in Christ alone: John 1:12; 3:16, 18; 5:24; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom. 1:16-17; 3:22, 26; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:8,9; John 14:6

We believe that repentance* is a vital part of saving faith in Jesus Christ and not a separate work. We do not believe that any actions-such as baptism, prayer, a reformed lifestyle, or faithful service-can be added to repentant faith as a condition for eternal salvation: Acts 20:21; Heb. 6:1; 2 Pet. 3:9

*Repentance (Greek "metanoia), as used in New Testament theology, means to change your mind at a heart level (mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation) about God, Jesus, sin, and dead works.

We believe it is the privilege of all who are born again by the Spirit, through faith in Christ, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior as revealed in Scripture: Luke 10:20; 2 Cor. 5:1, 6-8; 2 Tim. 1:12; 1 John 5:13; John 5:24

We believe that all true believers everywhere, once saved, shall be kept saved forever: John 5:24; Eph. 1:3-14; John 10:29

We believe that Christians are free from law and that the Christian life is to be lived by God's grace through the Holy Spirit's power: Rom. 6:14; John 1:17; John 14:16-17; 2 Cor. 3:8; Gal. 5:24-25

We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and cannot overlook the sin of His children. When they persistently sin, He will chasten them and correct them in His infinite love: Prov. 3:11-12; Isaiah 6:1-5; Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 12:9-11; 1 John 2:1-2; Rev. 3:19

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit-who indwells and enables every Christian to live a godly life and minister to others in divine power: John 14:16-17; 1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 12:4-7; Gal. 5:22-25

We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of all men. Believers will be resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God, and unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal judgment and separation from God: Luke 16:19-26; Luke 23:39-43; Phil. 1:23; 2 Thess. 1:6-10; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15

We believe all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of Christ's invisible and universal church: Matt.16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:19b-23; 2:19-21, 4:3-6; Col. 3:14-15

We believe that the local expressions of the church, as the Body of Christ, are essential in the plan and purpose of God: Acts 14:23; Eph. 2:15b-16; Eph. 4:15-16; Col. 1:6; 1 Tim. 3:14-15; 1 Pet.2:5

We believe the primary responsibility of all who are saved is to work toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. All worldly and personal ambitions should be lower in priority than the supreme command of making disciples: Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 17:18, 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-20

We believe that human betterment and social justice are essential products of the gospel: Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8; Gal. 6:10; Heb. 13:3; James 1:27; 1 John 3:17-18

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating765 of 111296 of 142
Fund acquisition rating838 of 1114108 of 142
Resource allocation rating839 of 1114110 of 142
Asset utilization rating340 of 111237 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$406,254$456,152$291,705$276,214$409,489
Short-term investments$0$4,566,915$3,064,315$3,765,256$4,276,023
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,924,651$7,505,311$7,138,241$6,447,678$5,240,173
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$101,591$139,735$223,377$791,061$784,425
Other long-term assets$158,400$158,400$228,400$205,680$205,680
Total long-term assets$259,991$298,135$451,777$996,741$990,105
Total assets$8,184,642$7,803,446$7,590,018$7,444,419$6,230,278
Payables and accrued expenses$7,870$89,401$28,374$259,317$93,719
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$7,870$89,401$28,374$259,317$93,719
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$7,870$89,401$28,374$259,317$93,719
Net assets20182017201620152014
Without donor restrictions$2,300,749$2,504,438$2,714,240$3,229,982$2,690,813
With donor restrictions$5,876,023$5,209,607$4,847,404$3,955,120$3,445,746
Net assets$8,176,772$7,714,045$7,561,644$7,185,102$6,136,559
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$18,948,063$17,962,032$17,261,258$16,768,272$12,261,810
Program service revenue$26,849$33,949$85,760$10,237$12,528
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$11,630$27,466($359,883)$23,463$53,535
Other revenue$218,016($64,235)($159,543)($207,646)$27,645
Total other revenue$256,495($2,820)($433,666)($173,946)$93,708
Total revenue$19,204,558$17,959,212$16,827,592$16,594,326$12,355,518
Program services$14,838,562$13,920,798$12,906,299$12,485,280$10,888,862
Management and general$2,168,184$2,383,011$2,021,415$1,827,564$1,630,656
Total expenses$18,741,831$17,806,811$16,526,116$15,545,783$13,530,571
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$462,727$152,401$301,476$1,048,543($1,175,053)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$462,727$152,401$301,476$1,048,543($1,175,053)


Kurt NelsonCEO$306,635
John MaiselChairman Emeritus/Founder$201,067
Seth KolbExec. VP of Operations$140,904
Robert WestVP of Evangelism$129,583
Mario ZandstraPresident$104,973
Kathryn BerneySecretary/Exec Assitant to$69,927

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2017

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East-West began because two men saw a need for the gospel in unreached and restricted access areas of the world.

In an act of bold obedience to Christ's command to go and make disciples of all nations, East-West was launched in 1993 by John Maisel and Bud Toole. What informally started behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s became a missions organization with a zeal for empowering national pastors and local believers to transform their communities by making disciples and multiplying churches.

Our passion for Jesus, grace, spiritually dark places, and bold action is the heartbeat that continues to sustain our ministry as we rely on God to use us to reach the unreached. Today, our organization is made up of thousands of believers from around the world who are committed to starting church planting movements in more than 60 spiritually dark nations.

1985 - John Maisel travels behind the Iron Curtain for the first time

1993 - East-West Ministries International is founded

1995 - East-West expands ministry beyond Russia

1997 - East-West creates a plan to mobilize believers to put their faith in action

2003 - East-West begins ministry vision to share the gospel with 50 million people in 10 years

2007 - East-West launches church planting movement strategies on the mission field

2010 - Kurt Nelson becomes Chief Executive Officer and President

2012 - East-West narrows its ministry focus to disciple making strategies

2013 - East-West begins a vision to multiply 1 million disciples in 5 years

2017 - East-West church plants surpass 171,000 during its 25-year history

2018 - East-West celebrates 25 years of ministry and begins a vision to multiply one million disciples in 3 years

Program accomplishments

216 million reached with the gospel

2.23 million disciples made

1.51 million leaders trained

231,733 churches planted