Benchmark Adventure Ministries, Inc.
150 39th Avenue N
Nashville TN 37209-4962
Mission Statement

The mission of BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries is to stimulate significant life change toward wholeness in Christ through interactive experiences and outdoor adventures.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. James H. Evans
Board Chair Mike Gingras
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gates Corporation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $125,630.00
Projected Annual Revenue 176511 (2018)

The mission of BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries is to stimulate significant life change toward wholeness in Christ through interactive experiences and outdoor adventures.


1. Increase the Board of Directors membership to 6 voting members.
2. Continue to develop and implement a Board of Directors committee structure for greater organizational effectiveness.
3. Increase our reach to 20 ministry events serving 750 participants.
4. Focus on financial stability by maintaining 10% operating expenses in cash reserves

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donation can be made at Checks are happily accepted. Volunteers are needed periodically for: 1. Prep, Pack and Pray before an event, 2. Hand-writing notes of encouragement to current serving military personnel attending our Chaplains Partnership Initiative events, 3. Office administration support, 4. Social Media Marketing assistance, 5. Unpacking and putting gear away after a retreat.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Fentress
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
KY - Christian
KY - Todd
KY - Trigg
BENCHMARK is a mobile people development organization custom designing experiences in a wide range of location, predominantly in the southeastern United States.  BENCHMARK has also work with groups in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia. In 2017, we served groups in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois.
CEO Statement

BENCHMARK is primarily a leadership and character development organization. The purpose of the organization from the beginning has been to improve, develop, and strengthen the leadership abilities of all involved with BENCHMARK, from its founder to each participant. 

The ideas of personal responsibility, regular reflection / processing / evaluation and the need to refocus on the next best / more effective / potentially effective / life changing step have been three keys ideas since inception.

There are many camps, facilities and facility based programs that exist. A clear uniqueness of BENCHMARK is the high value of mobility. As a mobile ministry, we offer flexibility; a wider range of location options to meet our clients where they are and to take them to where they need to go.

This stretches BENCHMARK’s leadership to develop experiences utilizing the available resources in locations near our groups. For BENCHMARK, a city park or local church field or rented camp facility is as much a reasonable and potentially effective location as a convention ballroom or the Appalachian Trail.


BENCHMARK predominately collaborates with Schools, Churches, Military, Other Nonprofits and corporations to design thoughtful, purposeful interesting adventures and team building events. These events are planned to meet the needs of specific groups based on predetermined goals, objectives and general activities.

We design experiences for just about any group, just about anywhere. We can partner with corporate teams, mission teams, ministry and service groups, youth groups and all kinds of non-profit groups and teams. Our ministry opportunities can benefit middle school, high school, and college groups, as well as other adult groups of all ages. Since we’re a mobile ministry, we can develop these experiences in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings, at camps, schools, retreats or other venues based on the needs and location of the group or organization.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Description BENCHMARK’s Leadership Development Workshop is intended for individuals interested in thoughtful leadership in almost any educational ministry setting who desire to learn applicable skills through hands-on experiences. For 18 years, BENCHMARK Leadership Development Retreat has provided a context for individuals to improve their leadership skills in a character development setting. Utilizing experiences as a tool, participants can see leadership in a different way, which may expand their own teaching methods. It’s an intense, demanding weekend guided by BENCHMARK’s learning cycle of action > reflection.
Budget $1500
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Description The Chaplains Partnership Initiative is a collaborative effort between BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries and U.S. military Chaplains to encourage Chaplains and serve Soldiers primarily from Infantry and Special Operation units at Fort Campbell, TN, Fort Benning, GA and Hunter Army Airfield, GA. BENCHMARK plans and implements customized ministry events in collaboration with a Chaplains and may include Daddy / Daughter Balls, Father / Son Adventures and Single Soldier Adventures. Our objectives are to 1) reinforce relationships between Soldiers and their Families, 2) strengthen soldiers’ leadership skills; and 3) help soldiers grow in supportive relationships with the Chaplain and each other.
Budget $62,500
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Other Named Groups, Adults, Families

During the spring each year, an average of 20-25 people a day begin the 2190 mile, 6-month journey to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.  Beginning at Springer Mountain in north Georgia, 15% of those who start quit their first week and in the first 30 miles. In an effort to minister to people in this rugged setting, BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries offers volunteers an outreach opportunity to be a presence in Christ’s name along those beginning miles of the Appalachian Trail. We meet people where they are,…and where they don’t expect us.  We base camp establishing a popup cafe, day hike on the trail meeting hikers, offering encouragement along the challenging journey. We pass out apples, tend first aid needs, provide moleskin for blisters, share God’s Word and pray with those who will let us. We even offer hikers portions of the waterproof and durable Outdoor Bible to carry along with them. This event also may include a partnership with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for trail related service work.

Budget $3000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Using the classic outdoor activity of backpacking, two fall adventures provide participants a guided experience to share life together, explore creation and take on appropriate challenges. Training and then hiking creates mobile assessment. Where have I been?  What have I done?  Where am I; body, mind and spirit? Where is God leading? It’s a demanding hike with incredible rewards.
Since 1994 BENCHMARK has planned the intense, high-mileage Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack for BENCHMARK covering 42-50 miles in a long weekend.
Beginning in 2000 the Discovery Hike is planned as an introductory backpacking experience, providing an avenue for the entry-level adventurer.   Also for those whose schedule doesn’t allow for as much conditioning. A more moderate challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. 
Not only are these hikes an opportunity to explore personal potential but also a means to financially support BENCHMARK by gaining sponsors for their hike, raising much needed operational funds.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Mike Gingras
Company Affiliation Gates Corporation
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
James H. Evans BENCHMARK Adventure MinistriesNonVoting
Michael Gingras Voting
Louis Joseph Voting
Kenneth Knight Metro Nashville Public SchoolsVoting
David Perkins BancorpVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. James H. Evans
Term Start Mar 1993
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 15
Volunteers 46
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Dec 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2009
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $176,511.00
Projected Expenses $125,630.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$91,765$89,881$0
Administration Expense$38,026$0$60,896
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.611.080.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%100%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$97,458$20,715$13,122
Current Assets$96,967$20,715$13,122
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$2,044$1,206
Total Net Assets$97,458$18,671$11,916
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--10.1310.88
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $103,244Program Revenue $56,781Contributions, Gifts & Grants $30,494
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $100,574Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $33,457Earned Revenue $14,482
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $4,760Fundraising Events $6,398Fundraising Events $11,294
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2019
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
2018 BENCHMARK Budget2018
2017 BENCHMARK Budget2017
2016 BENCHMARK Budget2016
2014 BENCHMARK Budget2014
Organization Comments BENCHMARK's desire is to wisely use every dollar that is entrusted to us for the direct purpose of fulfilling our mission.  BENCHMARK does not spend beyond its means.  BENCHMARK only uses credit on a month to month basis.  Since BENCHMARK began, we have carried no long term debt. Financial Comments
Financial data taken from Form 990.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 10/2/18.
Nonprofit Benchmark Adventure Ministries, Inc.
Address 150 39th Avenue N
Nashville, TN 37209 4962
Primary Phone (615) 972-9033
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. James H. Evans
Board Chair Mike Gingras
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gates Corporation
Year of Incorporation 1994

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