The Luke Society

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The Luke Society provides resources and support for international Christian health visionaries who care for the needs of their own people. We empower nationals to use their gifts in medicine as a tool to share the love of Jesus Christ and His redeeming grace.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Luke Society
3409 Gateway Blvd.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106


Phone: (605) 373-9686

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 840563440

CEO/President: Brent Van Andel, M.D.

Chairman: Stewart Odell, M.D.

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Peter Boelens

Ruling year: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Vision: To participate in God's plan of redemption by following Jesus' example of teaching, preaching, and healing.

The Luke Society is a Christian ministry that works internationally with indigenous medical professionals to bring healing and hope through Jesus Christ. We support and empower nationals as they serve the Lord among their own people, language and culture, and in doing so, carrying out the Great Commission in Matthew 28 to "go and make disciples of all nations."

Mission statement

The Luke Society comes alongside indigenous health professionals who are called to serve their own people. Our primary purpose is to empower them to provide quality medical care and health education as they share the Gospel of Jesus. We equip these Christian visionaries through encouragement, prayer support, mentoring and financial assistance. Ours is a Christ-centered ministry of evangelism and discipleship, transforming communities by reconciling man to man and man to God through the truth of the Gospel.

Statement of faith

(Adopted from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, 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 and humanity of 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, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

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

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

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the barrenness of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating525 of 102442 of 85
Fund acquisition rating158 of 102716 of 85
Resource allocation rating428 of 102736 of 85
Asset utilization rating994 of 102483 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$88,976$70,453$41,394$42,539$43,553
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,755,735$1,318,529$1,510,088$1,314,730$1,250,465
Long-term investments$5,567,143$4,376,644$3,168,979$2,976,561$2,600,085
Fixed assets$704,549$649,289$663,320$676,640$691,658
Other long-term assets$126,833$145,253$150,340$107,000$16,000
Total long-term assets$6,398,525$5,171,186$3,982,639$3,760,201$3,307,743
Total assets$8,154,260$6,489,715$5,492,727$5,074,931$4,558,208
Payables and accrued expenses$29,374$30,722$36,329$26,723$23,874
Other current liabilities$2,478$2,478$2,478$2,478$2,478
Total current liabilities$31,852$33,200$38,807$29,201$26,352
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$8,753$9,724$10,229$10,738$11,251
Total long-term liabilities$8,753$9,724$10,229$10,738$11,251
Total liabilities$40,605$42,924$49,036$39,939$37,603
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$6,441,959$4,941,742$3,976,183$3,636,413$3,112,389
With donor restrictions$1,671,696$1,505,049$1,467,508$1,398,579$1,408,216
Net assets$8,113,655$6,446,791$5,443,691$5,034,992$4,520,605
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Total contributions$4,211,285$4,087,890$3,713,594$3,578,303$4,322,742
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$570,298$520,964($157,210)$311,313$71,652
Other revenue($1,042)$364$713($1,205)($2,426)
Total other revenue$569,256$521,328($156,497)$310,108$69,226
Total revenue$4,780,541$4,609,218$3,557,097$3,888,411$4,391,968
Program services$2,768,104$3,249,884$2,834,415$2,985,444$2,849,209
Management and general$281,249$278,323$254,655$325,140$333,035
Total expenses$3,113,677$3,606,118$3,148,398$3,374,024$3,251,671
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,666,864$1,003,100$408,699$514,387$1,140,297
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,666,864$1,003,100$408,699$514,387$1,140,297


Wrede Vogel MdExecutive Di$189,570
Greg Kuiper MdDir Ministry$173,120

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/7/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Luke Society inception

As a volunteer physician in Rehoboth, NM, in 1964, Dr. Marvin "Van" Vanden Bosch of Denver, Colo., felt the Lord calling him to help the Rehoboth Mission Hospital, deemed "inadequate" by the New Mexico Department of Public Health.

Vanden Bosch, along with five other doctors and dentists, met in the basement of the Third Christian Reformed Church in Denver to lay the groundwork for a new nonprofit organization to support and ensure the continuity of health care in Rehoboth. The organization was named the Luke Society, Inc., and was approved by the Christian Reformed Church Synod in 1964.

Vanden Bosch served as the Luke Society's first medical director in Rehoboth from 1964-68, and the facility was renamed to the Rehoboth Christian Hospital.

Within five years, the Luke Society had grown to 120 members, who were instrumental in constructing and dedicating a new Rehoboth hospital in 1970.

Domestic expansion

After serving as a pediatric missionary in South Korea for six years, Dr. Peter Boelens sensed the Lord calling him into a new mission field.

In 1971, Boelens made an appeal to the Luke Society to support a new ministry in the Mississippi Delta aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching Biblical principles through a holistic health approach.

The Luke Society Board of Directors approved his proposal and he began a ministry in Cary, Mississippi, where he initially worked out of a 12-by-60-foot mobile trailer. His work had an immediate impact and provided a much-needed service to one of the most impoverished areas in the United States.

Boelens later became the first executive director of the Luke Society in 1978.

International growth

While serving as a missionary in South Korea, Dr. Peter Boelens witnessed the global need for medical professionals in remote areas.

In 1978, with the board's blessing, Boelens worked with Christian agencies to explore opportunities for medical ministries internationally. Boelens recognized the best way to do this was not through U.S. doctors, but by empowering indigenous professionals who knew the local culture, languages and medical needs of each region.

The Luke Society's first international partnership was started in the Philippines in 1980. Within 10 years, the ministry had expanded to Ecuador, Dominican Republic, India, Ghana, Mexico, Peru, Uganda and Honduras.

To the ends of the earth

The Luke Society has come a long ways since its humble beginnings in Rehoboth, New Mexico. At the beginning of 2022, the Luke Society was actively partnering with 37 ministries in 29 different countries - a span that reaches across five continents.

However, the impact cannot be completely understood without acknowledging the thousands of lives who have experienced the Spirit's transforming power during the last six decades. Since 1964, the Luke Society has supported indigenous doctors and medical professionals at 79 ministry sites in 43 countries, each who use their skills in medicine as a tool for a greater calling to improve their communities and transform lives through Jesus Christ.

Program accomplishments


The Luke Society has a variety of ways you can be an encouragement to our ministry. Whether offering financial support, volunteer service or becoming a prayer warrior, we appreciate all those who are helping us to further the ministry of Christ's Kingdom.