Breath of Life, Inc.

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Breath of Life Ministries is dedicated to sharing the healing Gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14. This is done through the production and distribution of Christ centered quality television and media programs, along with support materials that are intellectually stimulating, Bible-based, and designed to help people choose a quality of life found only in following Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Breath of Life, Inc.
PO Box 5960
Huntsville, AL 35814-5960


Phone: 256-929-6460

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 953731836

CEO/President: Pastor Debleaire K. Snell

Chairman: Mr. Daniel R. Jackson

Board size: 14

Founder: Walter Arties

Ruling year: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Breath of Life is a supporting organization of Adventist Media Center ( All operational decisions and funding are controlled by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. All contributions to Breath of Life go to the Seventh-day Adventist Church (

Breath of Life Ministries has been sharing the truth about the quality of life that can only be found in having a real and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.

The ministry produces weekly television broadcasts, conducts Bible-based lifestyle seminars, and provides Bible study guides that appeal to people from all walks of life, especially those in American cities.

Mission statement

The mission of Breath of Life Ministries is to present the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ to all people groups from a contemporary, urban perspective.

Statement of faith

Breath of Life accepts the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura-the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.

We Believe That God Loves

God is love, power, and splendor-and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one, all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

We Believe That God Creates

From neurons to nebulae, DNA to distant galaxies, we are surrounded by wonder. Yet the beauty is broken.

We Believe That God Redeems

Love. Harmony. Perfection. Once, all creation sang the same glorious song.

We Believe That God Inhabits

Jesus left His followers with an epic mission: tell the world of His love and His promise to return. Also, they should love people the way He loved them.

We Believe That God Transforms

God's law in the Ten Commandments show us how to live and make clear our need for Jesus. Though the law shows us the path to follow and convicts us of sin, it's about far more than just toeing the line.

We Believe That God Triumphs

From the Garden of Eden to the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom to the Exodus from Egypt, God has always investigated before taking action.

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Sector: Educational Media

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$165,552$80,394$101,128$63,246
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$0$186,107$80,394$101,128$63,246
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$54,027$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$600$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$54,627$0$0$0
Total assets$0$240,734$80,394$101,128$63,246
Payables and accrued expenses$0$306,745$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$306,745$0$0$0
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$0$306,745$0$0$0
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$0($66,011)$80,394$101,128$63,246
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$0($66,011)$80,394$101,128$63,246
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$737,877$1,698$854,246$782,759$716,879
Program service revenue$0$1,439,816$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$47,650$0$0$0
Total other revenue$0$1,487,466$0$0$0
Total revenue$737,877$1,489,164$854,246$782,759$716,879
Program services$758,498$1,423,618$874,979$744,878$722,846
Management and general$0$39,722$0$0$0
Total expenses$758,498$1,463,340$874,979$744,878$722,846
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($20,621)$25,824($20,733)$37,881($5,967)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($20,621)$25,824($20,733)$37,881($5,967)


Daniel R JacksonChairman$150,070
Randy RobinsonTreasurer$118,039
G Alexander BryantSecretary$109,985
Paul BrantleyBoard Member$109,456
Kyoshin AhnBoard Member$109,354
Alvin KibbleSecretary$107,939
Gordon PifherPresident$107,639
Kenneth DenslowBoard Member$107,569
Bonita ShieldsBoard Member$107,438
Arne NielsonBoard Member$106,952
Tony AnobileBoard Member$106,814
Coleen DolinskyAssistant Treasurer$97,244
Amalia DeShayAsst Secretary$72,578
Valerie BrattenAsst Secretary$64,273
Carlton P ByrdVice President$33,560
Debra C BrillBoard Member$7,620

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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Breath of Life began broadcasting in 1974. It was the dream of pastor and recording artist Walter Arties to create a program that would appeal to African-Americans looking for hope and guidance. For 23 years, Pastor C. D. Brooks was the featured speaker.


In 1997, Pastor Walter L. Pearson, Jr., became the Speaker/Director, and he continued the legacy begun by Pastors Arties and Brooks. Through the years, the broadcast broadened its target audience to include all those searching for hope and the assurance of God's powerful message of salvation.


In December, 2010, Dr. Carlton P. Byrd assumed the role of Speaker/Director. Pastor Byrd also serves as the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Dr. Byrd continues to expand the vision and reach of Breath of Life as he builds on the foundation laid by those who have gone before him.


On July 28, 2021, the North American Division Adventist Media Ministries board voted to accept the name of Debleaire Snell as the new Speaker/Director for Breath of Life Television Ministries.

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