Bill Glass Behind the Walls

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Bill Glass Behind the Walls was founded in 1969 with one mission: to assist the Church by equipping and igniting Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with the "least of these." Each year thousands of volunteers join our prison ministry to lead tens of thousands of inmates to life-changing decisions for Jesus. In the first 40 years more than 1,000,000 of these decisions were recorded. For a great number of the volunteers our event was the first experience in sharing the Gospel with others, and has since emboldened them to step out of the "comfort zone" to be more active in sharing their faith. By learning to share faith in prison you are tapped into a unique training opportunity with eternal significance with a proven impact on society.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bill Glass Behind the Walls
1101 South Cedar Ridge Dr.
Duncanville, TX 75137


Phone: (972) 298-1101

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 752733954

CEO/President: Michael Nolan

Chairman: Billy Glass

Board size: 15

Founder: Bill Glass

Ruling year: 1998

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Vision: Train More. Send More. Win More!

Mission statement

To assist the church by equipping and igniting Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with the "least of these."

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose dwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost when Christ returns for His Church. Those who are saved will be resurrected to life; those who are lost will be resurrected to damnation.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating572 of 111025 of 45
Fund acquisition rating726 of 111131 of 45
Resource allocation rating276 of 111116 of 45
Asset utilization rating694 of 111025 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$54,677$366,810$97,804$70,300$130,966
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,732,019$1,997,738$1,349,552$1,312,942$948,720
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$468,018$548,995$595,031$654,646$733,008
Other long-term assets$0$0$5,835$5,835$53,308
Total long-term assets$468,018$548,995$600,866$660,481$786,316
Total assets$2,200,037$2,546,733$1,950,418$1,973,423$1,735,036
Payables and accrued expenses$81,226$86,502$74,966$79,883$144,844
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$81,226$86,502$74,966$79,883$144,844
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$81,226$86,502$74,966$79,883$144,844
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,118,811$2,290,240$1,691,929$1,763,583$1,520,454
With donor restrictions$0$169,991$183,523$129,957$69,738
Net assets$2,118,811$2,460,231$1,875,452$1,893,540$1,590,192
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,533,807$1,559,903$1,453,699$2,734,416$2,105,717
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$6,374$3,039$7,569$5,788$2,964
Other revenue$166,713$477,384$264,952($67,854)$128,737
Total other revenue$173,087$480,423$272,521($62,066)$131,701
Total revenue$1,706,894$2,040,326$1,726,220$2,672,350$2,237,418
Program services$1,701,055$1,174,443$1,469,302$2,029,421$2,357,372
Management and general$200,258$166,227$146,406$178,534$171,048
Total expenses$2,048,314$1,455,547$1,783,957$2,369,002$2,694,459
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($341,420)$584,779($57,737)$303,348($457,041)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($341,420)$584,779($57,737)$303,348($457,041)


Nolan MichaelCEO$139,002

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/15/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Early on, Bill Glass noticed an unusual aspect of athletic success: When he talked, people listened. More than that, people asked him to talk. As a star football player in high school, an all-American at Baylor, and a defensive stalwart during eleven years in the NFL, Glass was regularly invited to stand up and say a few words. As his friends will tell you, Glass has always been an utterly straightforward sort of person. So when he stood to talk, he spoke about the things closest to his heart. He talked about sports, and he talked about Christ. And thus, a dynamic nationwide ministry was born.

His Dallas-based ministry is now called Bill Glass Behind the Walls. With a dedicated staff and volunteers numbering in the thousands, the ministry is known for its high-energy Day of Champions and Weekend of Champions events conducted inside prisons across the country. Bill says a board member kept badgering him to take his message into prison. "I kept resisting. I was frightened that I wouldn't fit in with street kids and gangsters in prison." After overcoming his fears, he saw dramatic results. "I was thrown into it kicking and screaming, but the response from the inmates was just unbelievable," he said.

He has spent much of the last forty years 'behind the walls.' He has taken along other pro athletes, champion weight lifters, magicians, tight-rope walkers - as well as race cars, stunt planes, motorcycles, and just about anything or anyone else - to draw prisoners out for a message of hope and deliverance. He discovered that prison inmates are just like everyone else: They will listen to what an athlete has to say, and they will respond to a heartfelt Christian witness. All these years later, Bill Glass is still talking, and people are still listening to him.

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