Urban Light Ministries, Inc.

Turning the hearts of fathers to their children and the children's hearts to the Heavenly Father.

aka Urban Light Ministries   |   Springfield, OH   |
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Urban Light Ministries, Inc.

EIN: 31-1451586


Turning the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to the Heavenly Father, while endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ruling year info



Pastor Eli Williams

Main address

PO Box 3132

Springfield, OH 45501 USA

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Subject area info


Social rights

Human services

Population served info

Men and boys


Low-income people

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need for fathers in the home and to train fathers on how to be effective providers, order keepers, stabilizers, and protectors in their child(rens) lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fatherhood Programs

Urban Light Ministries currently provides resources and training for online and community-based programs that focus on developing tools to create a safe, loving, stable and nurturing family environment. POPS 101 and Father Love face-to-face discussion groups are facilitated by experienced, certified practitioners. Participants learn how to achieve cooperation and teamwork in family life, proven conflict resolution, and problem-solving strategies, effective family communication techniques to strengthen father-child and father-mother relationships, and positive discipline tools.

Online programs are offered for no charge through Urban Light Ministries website: Current online courses include POPS101, english and spanish versions. The online version of Father Love is still under development. Fatherhood programs that have been offered in the past include POPS 101, On My Shoulders, Nurturing Fathers for Life (NFL), and Father Love.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training programs created

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescent parents, Single parents, Christians

Related Program

Fatherhood Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Online programs provide for no charge to fathers. Now offered in both English and Spanish.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To reach more fathers and children through the use of both online and in-person workshops and after school ministries to address the need of fatherless homes. The aim is to train fathers to become better protectors, order keepers, providers, and stabilizers in the home. It is also to reach more elementary school children and teach them about the support and encouragement they can receive from their Heavenly Father.

Urban Lights Ministries' strategies to achieve its cause of building stronger fathers and families are to:
1. Establish a Christian unity brand to build programs and communication vehicles to impact over 1 million fathers and community members for Christ.
2. Partner with outside Christian ministries to build programs and communication vehicles to impact over 1 million elementary students and children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
3. Build an online community for fathers that educates, engages and supports the reduction of father absence in the home and builds stronger communities.

Urban Light Ministries has been providing the Sonshine Clubs after school program for over 25 years and is now taking it online leveraging the curricula and resources developed for this program. Also, Urban Light Ministries has focused its efforts over the last 14 years in creating and providing effective fatherhood programs and initiatives in the greater Miami Valley Ohio area.

Through the leadership of Pastor Eli Williams, Urban Light Ministries is known as a leading authority on Fatherhood programs and children's ministries. Pastor Williams is the author of the book "Father Love" and continues to provide biblically-based resources focused on the critical needs of biological fathers in a child's life.

Urban Light Ministries has served over 3600 Fathers and touched the lives of over 18,000 children. Our goal is to continue to reach more fathers and children through the use of online resources that will allow for expanding our ministry outside the local Ohio area.


Urban Light Ministries, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.18 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Urban Light Ministries, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Urban Light Ministries, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $190,861 $2,670 $11,138 -$19,451 $38,523
As % of expenses 65.8% 1.2% 2.5% -4.2% 17.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $190,609 $2,418 $10,886 -$19,703 $38,271
As % of expenses 65.6% 1.1% 2.4% -4.2% 17.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $481,059 $217,116 $461,038 $445,307 $263,313
Total revenue, % change over prior year 86.4% -54.9% 112.3% -3.4% -40.9%
Program services revenue 0.7% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 45.1% 52.6% 85.5% 84.0% 65.8%
All other grants and contributions 20.8% 43.1% 14.4% 16.0% 34.2%
Other revenue 33.4% 3.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $290,198 $214,446 $449,900 $464,758 $224,790
Total expenses, % change over prior year 39.1% -26.1% 109.8% 3.3% -51.6%
Personnel 57.9% 64.1% 56.9% 68.4% 67.4%
Professional fees 4.5% 10.0% 13.8% 9.7% 7.8%
Occupancy 1.3% 1.7% 0.8% 0.6% 1.2%
Interest 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 35.9% 24.1% 28.4% 21.1% 23.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total expenses (after depreciation) $290,450 $214,698 $450,152 $465,010 $225,042
One month of savings $24,183 $17,871 $37,492 $38,730 $18,733
Debt principal payment $406,193 $8,250 $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $720,826 $240,819 $496,644 $512,740 $252,775

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Months of cash 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.3
Months of cash and investments 0.8 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.3 -1.6 -0.5 -1.0 0.0
Balance sheet composition info 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Cash $18,815 $5,131 $8,638 $0 $5,085
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $200 $5,000 $5,050 $4,875 $4,180
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $52,053 $52,053 $52,053 $52,053 $52,053
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 89.0% 89.5% 90.0% 90.5% 91.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 226.0% 284.3% 194.4% 482.2% 94.7%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets -$31,133 -$28,715 -$17,829 -$37,532 $739

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Pastor Eli Williams

As a Christian, husband, father, ordained minister, nonprofit leader, author, fatherhood practitioner and long-time broadcast professional, Pastor Eli brings the hope of Christ to others through his Gospel music radio show and podcast, books, speaking, teaching, preaching and foreign missions work.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Urban Light Ministries, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Urban Light Ministries, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Bruce Stapleton

Movementum Group

Term: 2018 - 2023

Kermit Rowe

Daniel Blevins

Jay Weygandt

Catherine Leep

Andy Shroyer

Cozette Snead

Andy Lawrence

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/26/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.