Evangchr4 Trust

Evangchr4 Trust


Evangchr4 Trust is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization formed in 2011 that describes its mission as to “develop, disseminate and apply biblical principles to economics, politics and society as a whole in order to make the United States a Country where spiritual and economic prosperity flourishes,” according to its IRS Form 990 filings.

Evangchr4 Trust was described in a 2014 Washington Post profile of key players in the Koch network as “a pastor outreach effort that gave nearly $1.2 million to CitizenLink, an advocacy arm of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. CitizenLink spent more than $2.5 million on ads on behalf of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans in 2012.”1Matea Gold. “The players in the Koch-backed $400 million political donor network,” The Washington Post, January 5, 2014. Archived September 9, 2019. URL:

In its 2012 IRS Form 990 filing, Evangchr4 listed itself as the direct controlling entity of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics. All known key people at Evangchr4 — Paul Brooks, Arthur Lindsley, and Hugh Welchel — have either current or former affiliations with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, as seen for example in 2013, 2020, and 2021 IRS Form 990 filings available at ProPublica. Themis Trust was also listed by Evangchr4 as a related organization.

Evanchr4 Trust has made significant donations to the Family Research Council, an anti-choice,2Abortion,Family Research Council. Archived September 13, 2019. URL: anti-LGBTQ+ organization.3Homosexuality,” Family Research Council. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

Stance on Climate Change

EvangChr4 Trust has not released any statements on climate change.


The following information is based on a combination of data from the Conservative Transparency project and IRS Form 990 filings researched by DeSmog.4Evangchr4 Trust,” Conservative Transparency. Search performed September 9, 2019.

View the attached spreadsheet for additional details on Evangchr4 Trust funding by year (.xlsx).

According to its IRS Form 990 filings (see 2014/2015 for example), for those years that Evangchr4 Trust recorded program expenses, nearly all expenses were in the form of grants to other organizations. This suggests that Evangchr4’s primary activity was funneling money from donors to like-minded organizations.

The group’s 2017 IRS Form 990 filing states, “Due to a lack of funding the organization was not able to conduct any program activities in 2017.”

Evangchr4 Trust as Donor

Recipient2011201220132014 2016Grand Total
CitizenLink$1,185,000$3,600,000$1,325,000$2,455,000 $8,565,000
Susan B. Anthony List $700,000$1,785,000$600,000$3,085,000
Vision America Action$200,000$520,000$425,000 $1,145,000
Family Research Council Action $375,000$400,000 $775,000
Family Policy Alliance   $600,000$600,000
The Institute for Faith Work & Economics$7,000    $7,000
Grand Total$1,192,000$3,800,000$2,920,000$5,065,000$1,200,000$14,177,000

Evangchr4 Trust as Recipient

Donor20122014201520162013Grand Total
Freedom Partners$5,055,000$5,745,000$2,050,000$1,250,000$505,000$14,605,000
TC4 Trust$725,000    $725,000
Grand Total$5,780,000$5,745,000$2,050,000$1,250,000$505,000$15,330,000

IRS Form 990 Filings

Key People

Evangchr4’s IRS Form 990 filings with the IRS have listed the following individuals under “officers, directors, trustees, key employees, and highest compensated employees”:

Arthur LindsleyY    VP of Theological Initiatives
Hugh WhelchelYY    Executive Director
Paul BrooksYYYYYYYTrustee

Arthur Lindsley

Arthur (Art) Lindsley was listed on Evangch4’s 2012 IRS Form 990 filing as the group’s vice president of theological initiatives. This is also his title at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, “where he oversees the development of a theology that integrates faith, work, and economics.”5Art Lindsley, Ph.D.,” Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

Lindsley is an emeritus member of the C.S. Lewis Institute board of directors. He joined the institute as president in 1987, and remains a senior fellow there, according to the organization’s website.6Board of Directors,” C.S. Lewis Institute. Archived October 30, 2023. Archive URL:

Arthur Lindsley was formerly the director of educational ministries at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, and a staff specialist at the Coalition for Christian Outreach in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.7Art Lindsley, Ph.D.Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

Hugh Whelchel

Hugh Whelchel was listed as Evangch4 Trust’s executive director on its 2011 and 2012 IRS Form 990 filings. Welchel is a co-founder and the executive director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, and is on the boards of several Christian non-profits. Whelchel was formerly an executive director and board member of The Fellows Initiative, “an umbrella organization supporting and establishing church-based Fellows Programs which are designed to help young adults understand God’s vocational calling on their lives as they enter their careers.” Hugh Welchel worked in the IT industry before becoming an executive director and guest professor at the Washington, D.C. campus of the Reformed Theological Seminary.8Hugh Whelchel,” Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks, Evangch4 Trust’s trustee, is the chairman and co-founder of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, and co-founded the group in 2011 with Hugh Whelchel. Brooks was formerly an executive at Koch Industries, according to his guest speaker profile at the Oklahoma Wesleyan University:9CLLF: GUEST SPEAKERS 2016,Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

“Paul spent 18 years working with Koch Industries before he left to be involved in teaching and discipleship ministry and urban church planting. During his career at Koch Industries, Paul held a variety of positions but spent most of his time as the senior vice president for Capital Services and Management Consulting, where he helped develop the management philosophy, Market-Based Management®,” that profile notes.10CLLF: GUEST SPEAKERS 2016,Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

Before joining Koch Industries in 1980, Paul Brooks worked as an engineer and technical supervisor for Exxon in Louisiana. Before that, he specialized in missile defense as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.11CLLF: GUEST SPEAKERS 2016,Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Archived September 13, 2019. URL:

DeSmog has confirmed that Paul Brooks has been the chairman of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics at least as far back as 2017, according to the group’s 2017 IRS Form 990 filing.

Contact & Address

According to its 2017 IRS Form 990 filing:

8400 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
Ph: 703-962-7877

Social Media

  • Evangchr4 Trust does not appear to be active on social media.

Other Resources


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