About Us

Religious Institution Banking.

Your business is our only business.


Our religious institution professionals have the experience to make a difference.

For more than two decades, we've been devoted to serving the religious community. Our commitment is carried forward by a dedicated staff of professionals, whose sole mission is to deliver financial services to religious institutions. Our knowledge and experience allows us to help religious institutions fulfill their vision, which results in long-lasting, successful relationships. That's just the kind of relationship we'd like to forge with you.

Work with a Leader

How can you benefit from working with a national leader in religious instution lending? The feedback and guidance we provide will be invaluable to your religious institution. Unlike most lenders, we care about your organization – we don't want it to suffer because you've acquired too much debt. Our years of experience have helped us to develop industry standards to help you anticipate likely scenarios. Here are some of the ways you'll benefit from working with Bank of the West:

Experience & Commitment

We understand religious organizations and how they operate. Our unmatched excellence in religious institution lending is based on our experience, knowledge and commitment. Over the past two decades, we've committed more than two billion dollars to the religious community, nationwide.

Our experience extends beyond just lending: we understand capital fund raising and we know the appropriate course of a construction project and can help you avoid common problems. We can also provide direction on resolving many of the obstacles religious institutions commonly face during construction projects.

Knowledge & Expertise

We can guide you through the process, every step of the way. Whether you're embarking on a major new construction project or just renovating your existing facility, we can provide valuable information.

To help you anticipate contributions, we can tell you how your congregation's current level of giving compares to the national averages, and whether giving-per-attendee is likely to increase or decrease through the various stages of your master plan.

Our thorough understanding of ancillary organizations such as schools, daycare centers, and television organizations enables us to serve as a consultative resource to you. Unlike most other lenders, we understand which of your ancillary organizations are likely to operate profitably, and which may not.

Debt Guidance

We can conduct a pro-forma Debt Capacity Analysis, which will help you determine how much money you can safely borrow. We can provide additional guidance by evaluating your contributions-to-expense ratios.

Strength and Stability

Bank of the West is a full service bank. We offer services that other lenders, such as bond companies or denomination-based lenders, cannot. The stability of our management means that we are not constantly changing our lending objectives, jumping in-and-out of the market as some banks do, leaving customers in a state of uncertainty. We build long-term relationships with our customers.

We would like you to experience the benefits that Bank of the West can provide. If you are interested in the opportunity of working with one of the nation's most qualified religious institution lending groups, please contact us at 1-800-405-2327.