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$4.5 million? Ministry Watch lists 100 highly-paid leaders

Who are the 100 highly-paid ministry executives in the United States? Ministry Watch compiled a list with publicly available information derived from the latest Form 990 prepared by each ministry.

“We are not calling this list the ‘Highest Paid Christian Ministry Executives’ because we know that many pastors and other church leaders who might make more are not on this list, because churches are not required to make their Form 990s available to the public,” writes Warren Smith, founder of Ministry Watch.

The organization also identified what it describes as a “growing trend among Christian ministries” to legally declare themselves as churches, giing them the ability to keep their 990 forms from the public. Smith says that among the 1000 ministries who follow this practice several well-known ministries are included, including The Navigators, Gideons International, Willow Creek Association, CRU/Campus Crusade for Christ, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Joyce Meyer Ministries.

The report says many ministries with substantive digital broadcast ministries also keep their 990s private including Joel Osteen, David Jeremiah, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Copeland.

The list also reveals several ministries have multiple executives on the list including, Inspiration Ministries, YMCA of the USA, K-Love, and American Center for Law & Justice to name a few.

MinistryWatch believes withholding Form 990s is an unwise practice.  You can read a more complete explanation of their position here.

According to Ministry Watch, the list does not include salaries from Christian colleges and universities which will be published soon.

The 15 highest-paid individuals on the list include:

Person nameOrganization nameTitleTotal compensationPeriod endingSector
1David CerulloInspirational Network / Inspiration MinistriesDirector/President & CEO$4,520,38312/31/2021Radio/ TV Stations
2Dale S ArdizzoneInspirational Network / Inspiration MinistriesGen Counsel & Corp Secretary$2,463,70012/31/2021Radio/ TV Stations
3Charles D PierceGlory of Zion International MinistriesPresident/Director$2,084,4373/31/2022Foreign Missions
4Anthony (Tony) EvansThe Urban AlternativePresident$1,407,21812/31/2021Educational Media
5Keith EvansWestminster SchoolsPresident and CEO/Board Trustee$1,286,6047/31/2022K-12 Schools/Academies
6John AllmanTrinity Episcopal SchoolsHead of School$1,219,7916/30/2022K-12 Schools/Academies
7Thomas J. LockeThe Episcopal AcademyHead of School$1,103,1356/30/2022K-12 Schools/Academies
8Cindy TrimmCindy Trimm MinistriesChairman$984,54912/31/2021Christian Growth
9Marissa StreitPrager University FoundationCEO$978,26312/31/2022Advocacy
10Pierce John MarkGlory of Zion International MinistriesDir Special Projects$902,3823/31/2022Foreign Missions
11William Franklin Graham IIISamaritan’s PursePresident$832,73812/31/2022Relief and Development
12Matthew CrouchTrinity Broadcasting NetworkPresident$829,69712/31/2021Radio/ TV Stations
13Yael Eckstein-FarkasInternational Fellowship of Christians and JewsPresident and CEO$776,30112/31/2021Advocacy
14David BaadThe Episcopal School of DallasHead of School$775,5956/30/2022K-12 Schools/Academies
15Jo Lynn LindseyHal Lindsey Website MinistriesPresident$750,00012/31/2022Radio/ TV Stations

For the full list, visit MinistryWatch.com.

–Metro Voice with info provided by MinistryWatch

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