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Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature MARK 16:15

aka BBFI   |   Baldwin, NY   |  https://www.prisonministry.org/

Mission

We are not a church but a nationwide, nondenominational, nonprofit Christian prison ministry reaching convicts throughout the United States with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We take the Bible literally as what it is, the inspired Word of God. It is our firm belief that even the most hardened of criminals can be touched and changed forever by the power and love of our Lord and Savior. Most inmates will one day be released back into society. Without a change of heart (which only Jesus can provide), they will probably commit crimes again. Please help us to provide them with God's Word, their only hope for change.

Ruling year info

1994

President and CEO

Mr. Eric L. Kaestner

Executive Director and Vice President

Mrs. Anne W. Kaestner

Main address

PO Box 0065

Baldwin, NY 11510 USA

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EIN

11-2999652

NTEE code info

Protestant (X21)

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Our programs

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Prison Ministry

We provide prison chaplains with free English and Spanish Christian literature (Bibles, New Testaments, Bible study books, small Bible booklets, tracts, role model books, back issues of "The Good News Letter" newsletters, post cards, tray cards) and videos that will assist them in reaching prisoners with the Holy Word of God. We also provide counseling and encouragement to those who want to turn from their past and live for Jesus. Our Christian materials and counseling assist 60 correctional facilities and youth centers nationwide in 19 states. We constantly receive letters from chaplains saying how much our services have helped them to minister to inmates. Inmates contact us to ask for prayer or Christian material and also to let us know how much they appreciate the job we are doing in preaching the Gospel to the incarcerated. For the general public, we provide our newsletters, Christian ebooks, and prayer requests. Because of the World Wide Web, we are now able to expand and reach out to people throughout the world.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Life is hard right now! Most people are suffering, and everyone has a prayer request! So, if you love Christ, and would like others to pray for you, we have prepared a web page. However we will only post legitimate requests.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Where we work

Awards

ICA "Best In America" Seal of Approval 2011

Independent Charities of America

ICA "Best In America" Seal of Approval 2010

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ICA "Best In America" Seal of Approval 2009

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ICA "Best In America" Seal of Approval 2007

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Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2011

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Goals & Strategy

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Our goals are to distribute spiritually sound videos in English and Spanish for both Protestant and Catholic chaplains to show to the inmates. To write and publish Bible Studies and books on the Christian walk.

Financials

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Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
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Board chair

Eric Kaestner

Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.

Anne Kaestner

Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.

Penny Stull

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Heidi Marquina

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Nina Read

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Eric Kaestner

Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2024

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.