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100 Largest Christian Ministries in the U.S. — 2020

Warren Cole Smith

Below is a list of the 100 largest Christian ministries in the MinistryWatch database.

Please note that last November (2019), we listed the 50 largest Christian ministries.  However, since then our database has grown from about 450 ministries to about 650 ministries, including a new category — Colleges and Universities.  So we felt it would be more helpful to expand the size of this list.

This list should not be interpreted as a list of recommended ministries.  They are ranked by total revenue, and not by effectiveness, financial efficiency, or any other measure.  That said, the Financial Efficiency rating and the Transparency Grade of the ministries are listed.

To learn more about these institutions, click on the ministry’s name and read the complete MinistryWatch profile on this organization.

If you would like to know more about our Financial Efficiency Rating, click here.  If you would like to know more about our Transparency Grades, click here.

RankOrganizationPresident/CEOECFA Member?Financial Efficiency RatingRevenueTransparency GradeMinistryWatch Category
1Grand Canyon UniversityBrian MuellerNoN/A$1,708,190,506DColleges/Universities
2World Vision, Inc., U.S.Edgar SandovalYes3$1,137,885,000 ARelief and Development
3Liberty UniversityJerry PrevoNo2$1,111,310,499 CColleges/Universities
4Baylor UniversityLinda LivingstoneNo2$1,017,828,223 CColleges/Universities
5Compassion International, Inc.Jim MelladoYes2$959,641,000 ARelief and Development
6Catholic Relief ServicesSean CallahanNo4$940,208,000ARelief and Development
7Food For The Poor, Inc.Ed Raine No5$912,386,701 DRelief and Development
8Samaritan's PurseFranklin GrahamYes3$753,607,738 ARelief and Development
9Cru / Campus Crusade for ChristSteve SellersYes3$624,627,000 CFellowship Evangelism
10MAP InternationalSteve StirlingYes4$591,172,880 ARelief and Development
11Pepperdine UniversityAndrew B KentonNo1$500,820,310 CColleges/Universities
12Mercy CorpsNeal Keny-GuyerNo3$489,285,000 CRelief and Development
13Catholic Medical Mission BoardJohn F. GalbraithNo5$439,147,230 DRelief and Development
14Young LifeNewton F. CrenshawYes3$426,902,026 AFellowship Evangelism
15Christian Broadcasting NetworkGordon RobertsonYes4$416,063,836 AEducational Media
16Azusa Pacific UniversityPaul R. FergusonYes4$320,695,476 AColleges/Universities
17California Baptist UniversityRonald L. Ellis No5$319,425,348 CColleges/Universities
18Habitat for Humanity InternationalJonathan ReckfordNo2$300,519,000 CCommunity Development
19Feed The ChildrenKevin HaganNo4$288,239,070 CRelief and Development
20High Point UniversityNido QubeinNo2$278,132,499 CColleges/Universities
21Campbell UniversityJ. Bradley CreedNo4$241,540,179 CColleges/Universities
22Samford UniversityAndrew WestmorelandNo2$232,026,789 CColleges/Universities
23Hillsdale CollegeLarry P. ArnnNo1$231,065,777 CColleges/Universities
24Indiana Wesleyan UniversityDavid WrightNo4$225,099,742 CColleges/Universities
25Biola UniversityBarry H. CoreyNo3$223,270,949 CColleges/Universities
26ChildFundAnne GoddardNo2$217,010,970 CRelief and Development
27Covenant HousePatricia A. CruiseNo1$210,899,770 CRelief and Development
28Abilene Christian UniversityPhil SchubertNo1$210,458,073 CColleges/Universities
29Educational Media FoundationBill ReevesYes2$208,751,473 ARadio/ TV Stations
30Wycliffe Bible TranslatorsJohn ChestnutYes2$208,569,000 AForeign Missions
31Lipscomb UniversityL. Randolph LowryNo2$205,283,951 CColleges/Universities
32Convoy of HopeHal DonaldsonYes3$200,214,313 ARelief and Development
33Seattle Pacific UniversityDaniel J. MartinNo4$177,819,895 CColleges/Universities
34Wheaton CollegePhilip Graham RykenYes2$173,359,454 AColleges/Universities
35Harding UniversityBruce D. McLartyNo4$169,097,469 CColleges/Universities
36Fellowship of Christian AthletesShane WilliamsonYes4$155,781,340 AFellowship Evangelism
37Concordia University (Wisconsin)Patrick T. FerryNo2$153,807,489 CColleges/Universities
38Christian Blind MissionRon NaborsYes5$151,646,693 ARelief and Development
39Food for the Hungry, Inc.David EvansYes2$151,183,995 CRelief and Development
40Point Loma Nazarene UniversityRobert BrowerYes3$143,674,413 AColleges/Universities
41Messiah UniversityKim S PhippsNo3$143,079,714 CColleges/Universities
42Bethel University (Minnesota)James H Barnes IIINo3$141,706,321 CColleges/Universities
43UnboundScott WassermanNo4$141,221,919 CRelief and Development
44Billy Graham Evangelistic AssociationFranklin GrahamYes2$140,692,346 CEvangelism
45Mercy ShipsDon StephensYes1$140,259,099 ARelief and Development
46Museum of the Bible IncHarry HargraveNo2$140,020,513 CChristian Growth
47Heifer Project InternationalJo LuckNo1$138,872,650 CRelief and Development
48Bethany Christian ServicesChris PaluskyYes4$138,497,927 ACommunity Development
49The NavigatorsMike TreneerYes3$137,454,000 CChristian Growth
50Trinity Broadcasting NetworkPaul CrouchNo1$137,389,286 DRadio/ TV Stations
51Dallas Baptist UniversityAdam WrightNo4$137,203,412 CColleges/Universities
52YMCA of the USAKenneth GladishNo4$134,627,208 CCommunity Development
53George Fox UniversityRobin BakerNo4$132,997,587 CColleges/Universities
54Christian Aid MinistriesDavid TroyerYes4$132,966,588 ARelief and Development
55Oral Roberts UniversityWilliam M WilsonYes4$132,849,964 AColleges/Universities
56Kingsway CharitiesJames GregoryNo5$130,897,514 CRelief and Development
57Cedarville UniversityThomas WhiteNo3$126,916,822 CColleges/Universities
58International Fellowship of Christians and Jews/ Rabbi Yechiel EcksteinYael EcksteinNo2$125,665,151 CAdvocacy
59University of Mary Hardin-BaylorRandal O'RearNo2$122,789,445 CColleges/Universities
60Regent UniversityStephen BruceYes3$122,784,123 AColleges/Universities
61Gideons InternationalDan Heighway (Executive Director)Yes4$120,719,526 CEvangelism
62Mississippi CollegeBlake ThompsonNo4$120,401,644 CColleges/Universities
63InterVarsity Christian FellowshipTom LinYes3$119,410,000 AFellowship Evangelism
64Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityWilliam M.B. Fleming Jr.No3$119,320,652 CColleges/Universities
65Operation BlessingGordon RobertsonYes5$117,018,180 ARelief and Development
66Crista MinistriesRobert LonacYes2$116,158,000 ACommunity Development
67Moody Bible InstituteMark JobeYes1$116,134,505 AColleges/Universities
68Colorado Christian UniversityDonald W. SweetingYes3$114,550,185 AColleges/Universities
69Houston Baptist UniversityRobert B Sloan Jr.No2$110,428,371 CColleges/Universities
70Campbellsville UniversityMichael V. CarterNo4$109,982,784 CColleges/Universities
71Joyce Meyer MinistriesJoyce MeyerYes4$101,718,322 CEducational Media
72College of the OzarksCharles F HughesNo3$100,879,597 CColleges/Universities
73Emmanuel CollegeJanet EisnerNo1$100,613,386 CColleges/Universities
74Southeastern UniversityKent IngleNo4$100,012,414 CColleges/Universities
75Focus on the FamilyJames D. DalyYes4$99,206,000 AEducational Media
76Taylor UniversityPaige CunninghamYes3$98,863,701 AColleges/Universities
77Christian Appalachian ProjectBill MillsNo4$98,417,971 CCommunity Development
78In Touch MinistriesCharles StanleyYes4$98,339,427 AEducational Media
79Lee UniversityMark WalkerNo3$96,336,927 CColleges/Universities
80University of Northwestern (St. Paul)Alan S. CuretonYes2$96,088,667 AColleges/Universities
81Charleston Southern UniversityDondi E CostinNo3$95,790,845 CColleges/Universities
82North Park UniversityMary SurridgeNo4$94,442,905 CColleges/Universities
83Anderson UniversityEvans P WhitakerNo3$94,410,210 CColleges/Universities
84Gordon CollegeD. Michael LindsayYes2$93,390,806 AColleges/Universities
85Union UniversityDub OliverYes5$92,552,196 AColleges/Universities
86Gardner Webb UniversityA. Frank BonnerNo4$89,470,793 CColleges/Universities
87Medical Teams InternationalJeff PinneoYes3$87,605,708 ARelief and Development
88Eastern UniversityRonald A. MatthewsNo4$87,373,826 CColleges/Universities
89Grove City CollegePaul J. McNultyNo2$85,993,349 CColleges/Universities
90International Justice MissionGary HaugenNo3$80,572,174 CCommunity Development
91Concordia University (Nebraska)Russell SommerfeldNo5$77,290,771 CColleges/Universities
92John Brown UniversityCharles W. PollardYes4$77,286,686 AColleges/Universities
93Interchurch Medical AssistancePaul DerstineNo4$75,373,822 CRelief and Development
94CURE InternationalC. Scott HarrisonYes3$75,234,914 ACommunity Development
95Fresno Pacific UniversityJoseph JonesNo2$73,825,184 CColleges/Universities
96Hardin-Simmons UniversityEric BruntmyerNo3$72,333,033 CColleges/Universities
97Vanguard University of Southern CaliforniaMichael J. BealsNo3$71,522,990 CColleges/Universities
98Oklahoma Christian UniversityJohn E. deSteiguerNo5$70,087,967 CColleges/Universities
99PioneersSteve RichardsonYes4$69,997,602 AForeign Missions
100Ethnos360Larry BrownYes3$66,580,479 CForeign Missions
101Children's Hunger FundDavid PhillipsYes4$66,534,069 ARelief and Development
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Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine and has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 20 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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