Salary Gluttons

or The Non-Profit Financial Hall of Shame

Updated 6/4/20

By Dr. Ken Matto


2 Corinthians 8:2 (KJV)   How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.


John 12:5-6 (KJV) Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? {6} This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.


The Apostle Paul had commended the Corinthian Christians for giving money to help the Jerusalem Church.  The fact was that the Corinthian Christians themselves were in deep poverty yet they gave liberally to help out other Christians.  The Jerusalem Church was in worst financial shape than the Corinthian Church which was in deep poverty.  This is very much the same situation which exists today.  People who make small salaries are desirable to see others benefit from the gospel, so they give and with liberality.   In the Jerusalem Church, the people benefited from the help they received from the Corinthian Brethren but in our day when ministries claim they have bills which must be paid and for outreach to continue, how honest are many of them being?


Some months ago, I was looking up a local ministry that I was involved with some years ago and even did fund raising for a major project they had.  I had come to a website called “Charity Navigator” and decided to look up the ministry of “America’s Keswick.”  What I found out shocked me knowing the financial condition that Keswick was in.  I was getting e-mails begging for money and being told about different projects, which is fine because all ministries let you know their needs so you can pray and give.  What really shocked me was the salary section of the website where I saw the CEO was getting $118,000 per year which was increased to $136,486 per year in 2017.  Keswick’s history has always been a faith history and we used to go for weekend prayer retreats as Corporation Board members and many times we were told about deficits which we prayed for and we would see the money come in.  The past head of America’s Keswick was Pastor Bill Raws and he had the title of General Director and did not take a six figure salary.  At present, there are projects which need to be done but they do not have the money to do them but they always have enough to pay the $143,675 salary of the CEO.


One thing I have noticed that as soon as ministries took the business titles of CEO or CFO, immediately the salaries started to go through the roof.  What these ministries do not realize is that they are not businesses but the Lord’s ministries, only if they are in the truth.  I have researched and came up with 41 ministries and 23 Rescue Missions which I have listed that are all paying 6 figure salaries to those in charge.  Some have treated their ministries like family businesses by placing their wives and children in their ministry and then paying them humongous salaries.  When I look at some of these ministries that pay out 200, 300, and even 400 thousand dollar a year salaries I qualify it as thievery.  If they were a business, that would be different but these are ministries that exist on donations and normally from people who make small salaries.  How many of you donate to ministries are making a salary $300 or $400 thousand dollars per year?  I seriously doubt there is a majority but a small minority instead.  Most people are like the Corinthian Christians who gave out of their poverty to send forth the gospel.  People send in $10, $25 donations monthly and it is a shame that much of that money goes into the pocket of the leaders of the ministry and without conscience, instead of it going for the use in ministry where it was intended.  It is a crying shame that these guys who take these 6 figure salaries are literally becoming millionaires on the backs of their donors. 


These 64 ministries that I have listed are those that are not charismatic.  The charismatics are a false gospel and their main preaching is prosperity and that is why they find no shame in ripping off their donors with multi-million dollar salaries.  I am talking about ministries we hear on the radio and are always claiming that they cannot finish the year in the black so everyone get out their checkbook and make a special donation but you will never see the humongous salaries ever reduced.  It is nothing but thievery to take the people’s donations and stick it in the pocket of the CEO or CFO or some family member.  After a while it becomes nothing but greed.


Now I want to state that I am not saying that the ministries I have listed are false gospels but their salary ranges are off the charts and ministries need to set limits on salaries for upper management.  Franklin Graham makes $636,451 a year from his ministry and he is a multi-millionaire.  Cynthia Swindoll makes $191,570 from Insight for Living.  You mean to tell me that a cap of $50,000 is too little and a person cannot live on $1,000 per week? 


There are Christians living on $300-400 per week, some less than that.  I know, I was one of them till I became disabled.  The most I ever made from a job I held was $30,000 a year and that lasted only 1½ years and that was out in industry, not ministry.  When people are hired for these upper positions they must be told that they are going into ministry and not a business with deep pockets so they should not expect to be driving a Lincoln or a Rolls Royce on their salary.  So before you start giving to a ministry, do not hesitate to ask them if they pay humongous salaries or salaries commensurate with ministry?


Here is the list of 41 ministries which have salaries that are out of control.  The next time you hear them on the radio begging for money, find out what their salary payouts are and if they are ridiculous, then find a ministry that holds to biblical principles and send your money there.  1 Corinthians 4:2 (KJV)   Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  As we are to be faithful in our ministries, we are also to be faithful in all avenues of life and that includes finances.


I have added another bit of information for you.  Many times when we look at yearly salaries it does not jar us so I have broken down the yearly salary by week.  Compare it to your weekly salary.  This means that the first donations that come in, pays for the huge salaries.  Anyone who thinks the ministry gets funded before the heads of these ministries, I have the bill of sale for the Brooklyn Bridge ready to sign over to you for a fee.  I have placed this information next to the person's "title."  I have added another bit of information.  It is the amount the salary was raised for the individual.


The Following Organization(s) have just been updated on 6/4/20:

Far East Broadcasting<<<CEO Raised $18,323

Habitat for Humanity<<<CEO Raised $12,626

Methodist Children's Home (Waco, TX)<<<CEO Raised $13,064

Prison Fellowship Ministries<<<CEO James Ackerman Raised $52,628 <<<<This Month's Big Winner

ACLU - National Legal Director<<<Raised $17,439



America’s Keswick

Bill Welte - $143,675 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2763

(As of 12/2018)


Answers in Genesis

Ken Ham - $234,754 (President) - Weekly Salary - $4514

(As of 6/2018)


Back to the Bible

Arnold Cole - $216,005 (Corporate CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4155

(As of 6/2018)


Bible Broadcasting Network

Carl Redemann - $105,185 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary $2023

(As of 12/2018)


Christian Appalachian Project

Guy Adams - $170,347 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3276

(As of 8/2018)


Christian Research Institute

Kathy Hanegraaf - $171,128 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3291

Kathy Hanegraaf - $163,918 (Director of Planning)  - Weekly Salary - $3152

(As of 6/2019)


Crown Financial Ministries

Chuck Bentley - $143,162 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2753

(As of 3/2019)


D. James Kennedy Ministries

Frank Wright - $231,723 (President) - Weekly Salary - $4456

(As of 6/2019)


Family Stations Inc.

Tom Evans - $134,300 (President) - Weekly Salary - $2583

(As of 12/2018)


Far East Broadcasting

Edward Cannon - $234,042 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4501<<Raised $18,323

(As of 6/2019)


Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Shane Williamson - $243,972 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4691

(As of 8/2018)


Focus on the Family

James Daly - $253,517 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4875

(As of 9/2015)


Frontier Fellowship - Richfield, MN

Richard Haney - $103,728 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $1995

Daniel MacNerney - $173,758 (Associate Director) - Weekly Salary - $3341

As of 6/2018)


Grace To You

John MacArthur - $160,000 (President) - Weekly Salary - $3077

Philip Johnson - $195,667 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $3763

(As of 6/2015)


Habitat for Humanity International

Jonathan Reckford - $361,442 (CEO) (Serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta) - Weekly Salary - $6951<<<Raised $12,626

(As of 6/2019)


In Touch Ministries

Phillip Bowen - $376,499 (CEO) Weekly Salary $7240

Charles Stanley - $398,932 (Chairman, President) - Weekly Salary - $7672

(As of 9/2018)


Insight for Living

Cynthia Swindoll - $191,570 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3684

(As of 6/2018)


Institute for Creation Research

Henry Morris III - $187,816 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3612

(As of 6/2018)


International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein - $710,418 (President, CEO, and Founder) - Weekly Salary - $13662 (Deceased)

(As of 12/2018)


Jewish Voice Ministries International

Jonathan Bernis - $196,996 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3788

(As of 12/2017)


Leading the Way

Mark Matta - $142,641 (Director of Ministry Relations) - Weekly Salary - $2743

Clay Dover - $111,881 (Director of Ministry Relations) - Weekly Salary - $2152

Daryl Allen - $111,865  (TV Director) - Weekly Salary - $2151

(As of 6/2018)


Ligonier Ministries

Christopher Larson - $271,548 (President) - Weekly Salary - $5222

(As of 12/2018)


Luis Palau Association

Luis Palau - $185,079 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3559

John Ogle - $214,819 (VP) - Weekly Salary - $4131

Kevin Palau - $157,643 (President) - Weekly Salary - $3032

(As of 12/2018)


Lutheran World Relief

Daniel Speckhard - $298,459 (President and CEO) - Weekly Salary - $5740

(As of 9/2018)


Mars Hill Productions

Fred Carpenter - $140,707 (President, Founder) - Weekly Salary - $2706

(As of 12/2018)


Mercy Ships

Donald Stephens - $282,994 (former President) - Weekly Salary - $5442

Donovan Palmer - $241,251 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4639

(As of 12/2018)


Methodist Children’s Home - Waco, Texas

Tim Brown - $276,299 (President) - Weekly Salary - $5313<<<Raised $13,064

(As of 6/2019)


New Missions

Timothy DeTellis - $158,000 (President, Chairman) - Weekly Salary - $3038

Jeanne DeTellis - $138,000 (Vice President) - Weekly Salary - $2654

Charles DeTellis - $114,826 (Treasurer) - Weekly Salary - $2208

(As of 6/2014)


New Life Ministries - Laguna Beach, CA

Steve Arterburn - $219,185 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4215

Larry Sonnenburg - $167,496  (President) - Weekly Salary - $3221

(As of 12/2018)


Operation Blessing International

William Horan - $414,638 (President) - Weekly Salary - $7974

(As of 3/2019)


Pocket Testament League

David J Collum - $100,000 (CEO) - Weekly Salary $1923

(As of 9/2018)


Prison Fellowship Ministries

James Ackerman - $392,700  (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $7552<<<Raised $52,628

(As of 6/2019)


Ron Hutchcraft Ministries

Ron Hutchcraft - $111,618 (President) - Weekly Salary - $1991

David Bellis - $116,770 (Senior Director of Technology) - Weekly Salary $2246

(As of 12/2018)


Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Sarah Davis - $208,995 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $4019

Robert Grinnell - $193,840 (VP Development) - Weekly Salary - $3727

Margaret Zacharias - $143,690 (Vice Chairman of Ministry) - Weekly Salary - $2763

Naomi Zacharias - $129,679 (VP, Wellspring International) - Weekly Salary - $2493

(As of 9/2015)


Samaritan’s Purse

Franklin Graham - $636,451 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $12239

(As of 12/2018)


Thru the Bible Radio Network

Gregg Harris - $162,880 (President) - Weekly Salary - $3132

(As of 12/2018)


Truth For Life

Alistair Begg - $266,000 (President, Pastor) - Weekly Salary - $5115

(As of 12/2018)


Turning Point

David P. Jeremiah - $110,823 (President) - Weekly Salary - $2131

Paul Joiner - $223,266 (Director of Creative Services) - Weekly Salary - $4294

Brian Bishop - $170,137 (Director of Development) - Weekly Salary - $3272

Greg Webster - $178,384 (Development) - Weekly Salary - $3430

David M. Jeremiah - $188,202 (COO) - Weekly Salary - $3374

Roger Locke - $144,770 - (Programmer) Weekly Salary - $2750

Brian Cook - $159,910 (CFO) - Weekly Salary - $2898

[7 cumulative salaries amount to $1,175,492 annually - Weekly salaries cumulative - $22,148

(As of 6/2018)


Urban Alternative

Tony Evans - $182,665 (President) - Weekly Salary - $3667

(As of 12/2018)


Urban Impact - Pittsburgh

Edward Glover - $135,596 (President) - Weekly Salary - $2497

(As of 8/2018)


Voice of the Martyrs

James Dau - $137,875 (President) - Weekly Salary - $2651

(As of 2013 Form 990)


Well there you have 41 ministries which pay 6 figure salaries.  People donate to ministries to send forth the Gospel not to pad the pockets of the ministry leaders or to make them millionaires.  I am sure there are other ministries out there which pay these huge salaries but do not register with websites like Charity Navigator so they can remain under the radar.  I have taken the stance that I will not donate to any ministry from now on that squanders their donation income on huge salaries.  I have heard some of these guys preach and believe me, there is no one so profound to warrant a quarter million dollar salary.  The Apostle Paul made tents so he would not be a burden to the churches and maybe it is time these guys go out and work and get a taste of what their donors go through every day.  Ravi Zacharias was on the Joyce Meyer show and called her a “great Bible teacher.”  Anything to keep the donations coming in.  Make sure you look at how Ravi placed his wife and and 2 daughters on the 6 figure payroll.  Here is the link to Ravi stroking Joyce Meyer.


My admonition is that ministries were formed for the Christians to get the gospel out to the world and this is done by small donations being added to other small donations making the reaching of the world possible.  Ministries were not formed so the guy at the top gets a 6 figure salary and then whatever is left over goes into ministry.  I have already given an example of this in the opening.  You who donate to ministries which pay salaries in the 6 figures, why does it not bother you that you are being fleeced by the leaders of these ministries?  My suggestion is that you donate to ministries where ministry is in the forefront and not a personality with a penchant for riches.

Looking at these ministries and their 6 figure salaries, I also wanted to check Rescue Missions which literally touch the lives of people.  I was happy to see in researching them that the majority of them do not pay exorbitant salaries to the ministry managers, however, I did find 23 Rescue Missions which pay 6 figure salaries and I have listed them below.


Bay Area Rescue Mission (Richmond, CA)

John M. Anderson - $160,310 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3083

(As of 12/2017)


Boston Rescue Mission

Rev. John Samaan - $177,346 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3410

(As of 6/2018)


Charlotte Rescue Mission

Anthony Marciano II - $119,421 (Executive Director - Weekly Salary - $2297

(As of 6/2018)


Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CA)

Darla Burkett - $128,429 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $2469

(As of 12/2018)


Denver Rescue Mission

Brad Meuli - $130,476 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2509

(As of 6/2019)


Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
Chad Audi - $145,785 (President) - Weekly Salary - $2804

(As of 9/2018)


Downtown Rescue Mission (Huntsville, AL)

Keith Overholt - $101,450 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $1950

(As of 12/2017)


Durham Rescue Mission

Ernie Mills - $187,628 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3608

Gail Mills - $114,709 (CFO) - Weekly Salary - $2212

(As of 12/2018)


Fairhaven Rescue Mission (Covington, KY)

David Hammers - $112,548 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $2164

(As of 12/2018)


Frederick Rescue Mission (Frederick, MD)

Arnold Farlow $115,128 (Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $2214

(As of 12/2018)


Los Angeles Mission

Herbert L. Smith - $214,092 (President & CEO) - Weekly Salary - $4117

(As of 6/2017)


Miami Rescue Mission

Ronald Brummitt - $193,783 (President) - Weekly Salary - $3726

Marilyn Brummitt - $119,260 (Vice President of Development)  - Weekly Salary - $2293

(As of 6/2018)


Nashville Rescue Mission

Glenn Cranfield - $176,553 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3395

(As of 9/2018)


New York City Rescue Mission

Francisoco Bayron - $137,200 (CFO) - Weekly Salary - $2638

(As of 6/2018)


Orange County Rescue Mission (Tustin, CA)

Jim Palmer – $295,021 (President) - Weekly Salary - $5673

(As of 9/2018)


Orlando Union Rescue Mission

Fred Clayton - $139,495 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2683

(As of 12/2018)


Phoenix Rescue Mission

Jay Cory - $185,444 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3566

(As of 6/2018)


Raleigh Rescue Mission (NC)

Lynn Daniell - $124,818 (Former Executive Director) - Weekly Salary - $2400

(As of 8/2017)


Rescue Mission (Syracuse, NY)

Alan Thornton - $150,534 (Executive Director, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2895

(As of 9/2017)


Rescue Mission of Trenton (NJ)

Mary Gay Abbott-Young - $146,784 (CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2822

(As of 6/2017)


Rescue Mission Alliance (Oxnard, CA)

Gary Gray - $152,641 (President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2935

(As of 6/2018)


San Diego Rescue Mission

Herb Johnson - $202,691(Former President, CEO) - Weekly Salary - $3898

(As of 9/2018)


Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles

Andrew Bales - $116,268 (President and CEO) - Weekly Salary - $2236

Lucy Rivas - $144,314 (VP Human Resources) - Weekly Salary - $2775

David Melendez - $117,773 (VP Development and Marketing) - Weekly Salary $2265

Daniel Roleder - $138,072 (VP, CFO) - Weekly Salary - $2655

(As of 6/2018)


It is not only many Christian organizations that pay very high salaries to the leaders but there are many non-profit secular charities which pay their CEOs ridiculously high salaries.  They claim non-profit but their leadership is sure profiting.  Before you make any donations to these organizations, please keep in mind the fact that if they can afford to pay their chiefs such high salaries and perks, then maybe you should consider sending your donations to other charities who do not pay 6 figure salaries to the big shots.  Below are some organizations which pay high salaries while always begging for money.  Keep in mind they are non-profit while you look at the CEO salary of the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association, or the United Way!



Anthony Romero - $518,042 – (Executive Director/CEO) Compensated from Affiliates

David Cole - $416,600 (National Legal Director) - Weekly Salary $8012<<<Raised $17,439

Mark Weir -  $380,946 (Chief Developmen Officer) - Weekly Salary $7317

Michele Moore - $353,169 – (Director of Communications) – Weekly Salary $6792

(As of 3/2019)


Alzheimer’s Association

Harry Johns - $1,927,785 – (President, CEO) – Weekly Salary $37073

(As of 6/2018)


American Cancer Society

Gary Reedy - $680,952 – (CEO) – Weekly Salary $13095

(As of 12/2017)


American Heart Association

Nancy A. Brown - $1,598,691 (CEO) – Weekly Salary $30744

(As of 6/2018)


American Lung Association

Harold Wimmer - $470,420 – (President & CEO) – Weekly Salary $9047

(As of 6/2018)


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Matthew Bershadker - $712,397 – (President & CEO) – Weekly Salary $13700

(As of 12/2018)


Doctors Without Borders

Jason Cone - $232,870 – (Executive Director) – Weekly Salary $4478

(As of 12/2018)


Goodwill Industries

James Gibbons - $598,300 – (CEO) – Weekly Salary $11506

(As of 2017 Form 990)


March of Dimes

Stacey Stewart - $521,183 – (President) - Weekly Salary - $10,023

(As of 12/2017)


National Kidney Foundation

Kevin Longino - $354,955 – (CEO) – Weekly Salary $6826

(As of 3/2017)


North Shore Animal League

J. John Stevenson - $331,121 – (President and CEO) – Weekly Salary $6367

(As of 12/2018)


Save The Children

Carolyn S. Miles - $486,975 - President and CEO - Weekly Salary $9365

(As of 12/2018)


Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry

William H. Shore - $378,928 - (Founder and Executive Chairman) - Weekly Salary $7287

Thomas Nelson - $414,283 - (President, CEO & Secretary) - Weekly Salary $7967

Debbie Shore - $219,685 - (Co-Founder) - Weekly Salary $4225

(As of 6/2018)



Caryl Stern - $582,961 – (President, CEO) – Weekly Salary $11211

(As of 6/2018)


United Way

Brian Gallagher - $777,692 – (President & CEO) – Weekly Salary $14956

(As of 12/2018)


Wounded Warrior Project

Michael S. Linington - $309,043 (CEO) - Weekly Salary $5943

Gary Corless - $254,542 (Chief development Officer) - Weekly Salary $4895

Amberlie Allred - $211,014 (General Counsel) - Weekly Salary $4058

Jennifer M. Silva - $209,070 (Chief program Officer) - Weekly Salary $4021

John T. Hamre III - $208,667 (VP Direct Response) - Weekly Salary $4013

Steven Nardizzi - $148,592 (Former CEO) - Weekly Salary $2858

Ronald W. Burgess - $271,727 (Former CFO) - Weekly Salary $5266

(As of 9/2018)


And they Call these Non-Profits?