Voice of the Martyrs: a Servant’s Heart or Whitewashed Tomb?

This is only a partial view of VOM’s United States Headquarters, a massive and very extravagant layout to say the least, to act as “Servants of the Persecuted Church”.

New Voice of the Martyr building, Bartlesville, OK in the US

New Voice of the Martyr building, Bartlesville, OK in the US

Let’s take a closer look at where the donations of the faithful are going:

Voice of the Martyrs Inc. is a Christian Religious Organization in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In 2015, it received its exempt organization status from the IRS and now brings in $43.8M in annual income, primarily through contributions. With $53.4M in assets, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in the United States.
The average Christian Religious Organization brought in 2.875% less income in 2013 than they did in 2012. This organization however, saw a 2.11% increase in income in 2013.
The organization paid out only $17.6M in grants in 2013. All of the money went to organizations or individuals outside the United States.
In 2013, Voice of the Martyrs Inc.’s expenses remained flat from the previous year.
In 2013, this organization filed a Form 990 with the IRS, reporting $39,884,890 in total expenses. Note that this expense amount differs from the $37,473,139 in functional expenses reported on Part I, Line 18 on the Form 990 return, as non-functional expenses are added back in.
The same Form 990 filed with the IRS, reporting $43,837,958 in income. Note that this income amount differs from the $41,426,207 in revenue reported on Part I, Line 12 of the Form 990 return, as non-functional expenses are added back in.
The organization was not required to file a Form 990 for the most recent tax year.
Like most Christian Religious Organizations in its peer group, Voice of the Martyrs Inc. is funded primarily through contributions. The organization is highly dependent on this type of funding, as it accounts for 95% of total income.
On the Form 990 filed with the IRS in 2013, The Voice of the Martyrs Inc. paid $111,588 to Web Direct, an advertising company, with the business address of P.O. Box 141078 Dallas, TX 75214.
On the Form 990 filed with the IRS in 2013, The Voice of the Martyrs Inc. paid $470,017 to The Jordan Group, an advertising company, with the business address of P.O. Box 141078 Dallas, TX 75214.
On the Form 990 filed with the IRS in 2013, The Voice of the Martyrs Inc. paid $686,353 to Maestro Technologies, Inc., a technical support company, with the business address of P.O. Box 141078 Dallas, TX 75214.
On the Form 990 filed with the IRS in 2013, The Voice of the Martyrs Inc. paid $1,427,041 to Jordan Media, an advertising agency, with the business address of P.O. Box 141078 Dallas, TX 75Each of these companies is linked to a common owner and consultant at the time, Steve Cleary. As a consultant, Mr. Cleary directed the decisions of the VOM Executives to use his companies for the newsletter design, content, and the technology to process donor funds. Steve is now an employee of VOM and still profiting from VOM’s use of his companies. VOM is no longer required to file Form 990, so 2013 is the last year this level of detail is available. However, $2,694,999 of donor funds paid in a single fiscal year to a consultant with influence to direct funds to his personal companies is a giant red flag.
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7 comments on “Voice of the Martyrs: a Servant’s Heart or Whitewashed Tomb?

  1. Richard Johns says:

    May I email you?

  2. Richard Johns says:

    What can be done about this?

    • Scarlett says:

      Hi Richard, the only thing I know at this point, since VOM has grown to such massive proportions is to expose it, and suggest that people stop supporting it with their hard earned money.
      A good place to post is the Topix forums,which have forums anyone can post on, anonymously, or otherwise. There are Topix forums in every city, county and state in America, and almost in every foreign country that doesn’t censure communication. People can’t oppose something they aren’t informed about.
      Thank you and God bless you for caring and posting here.
      Scarlett
      PS: I have posted many things about VOM on the Bartlesville, Oklahoma Topix forum, where the USA headquarters of Voice of the Martyrs is located, and one time they managed to have my posts removed, but that usually doesn’t happen as the Topix forums are very busy and just don’t have time or even care about what’s being objected to.

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