Statement from The John Ankerberg Show

To our followers in Christ:

As friends in Christ, our mission and vision are to spread the Word of God. We fulfill our ministry through your support, being 100 percent viewer-funded and invested in extending the Word of God to every corner of the world.

We are responsible to the Lord for managing our resources so that the Bible and its lessons are available to all people, particularly those who lack access to the Word. More than 70 percent of our donations support partnerships like Faith Comes By Hearing and our weekly television program, which is globally seen and heard. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing the message of God’s Word, and the message is heard through the word of Jesus.”

Donations to our ministry provide financial support for Audio Bibles and our televised outreach. For example, every Proclaimer a donor supported was provided as requested. Our weekly broadcast message shares information on the many ways that, together, we spread the Word of God.

While sharing the “Good News,” there are challenges that happen, and we have faced them. We know we are not alone and rely on our faith in Christ to navigate unexpected currents.

There are false prophets. They have been here since the beginning and will be around us until the end. Matthew 7:15 says: “Be on your guard for false prophets. They come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside, they are really like wild wolves.” They seek to have people believe a lie. We saw this in someone motivated by greed, going after our donors’ money by making false statements.

Within the Christian community, we assume people are honest. We were mistaken when we hired Andrew Jaeger as the Director of Donor Relations. We felt we were helping him, but his character showed something else.

We learned a valuable lesson. Andrew Jaeger’s believability is more than whether he violated a severance agreement—a Hamilton County, Tennessee, circuit court has ruled that he did—there is much more. We were not aware of his record of embezzlement when he worked for the Ministry. He violated the trust of our Ministry and our donors.

He was not a whistleblower; he is an opportunist. He chose not to complete the process set out in our whistleblower policy. He stole hundreds of donor records. He attempted to raise funds for his personal legal expenses. He was never truthful from the start.

We believe the basis for the ECFA decision came from the false claims made by Andrew Jaeger. These are our principles and our practices:

    • Transparency is important for our donors and ministry, and we have taken clarifying steps. We knew there were things we could do better, and we are.
    • There is value in evaluating operations and we have, improving ways to be more effective and efficient. We have grown as a business and our recent actions include expanding our board, revised financial controls, and more details on our use of funds.
    • More than $6 million has been contributed for Faith Comes By Hearing to provide Audio Bibles, and an additional $1 million contribution was made in 2023. As a 100% viewer-funded, unrestricted gifts support our overall ministry outreach.

Our actions and resources lead people to Christ, provide answers to tough theological questions, proclaim biblical truth, encourage the believer, and challenge the skeptic. Thank you for being so supportive in sharing and spreading the Word of God to every corner of the globe.