NRB Hall of Fame: Chuck Colson
Chuck Colson is a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he has written several books, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith Given Once, for All—that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects. His radio broadcast BreakPoint airs daily to two million listeners. In 1993, Colson was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion; the one million dollar prize—along with all speaking fees and book royalties—are donated to Prison Fellowship. In 2008, President Bush conferred on him the second highest civilian award of the U.S. government, the Presidential Citizen Medal for his humanitarian work with Prison Fellowship. He is a graduate of Brown University and George Washington Law School, receiving his juris doctor with honors. He served in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.
William Ward Ayer Distinguished Service Award: Blackie Gonzalez
(1933 - 2008)
Dr. Belarmino “Blackie” Gonzalez founded the New Mexico-based Son Broadcasting Network, which included both KCHF TV and KDAZ Radio. Blackie’s leadership and broadcasting career spanned over forty-five years, including secular and Christian broadcasting. Blackie understood the impact of Christian Media in propagating the gospel through the airwaves as he served on the Board of Directors for NRB and NRB Network. His heartbeat was that everyone would know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through a relationship with Jesus and that people would pray and support Israel and the Jewish people. That heartbeat lives on through Son Broadcasting Network.
Board of Directors Award: Howard Hendricks
Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Howard G. Hendricks serves as Distinguished Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, and as the Chairman of the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership. The Center for Christian Leadership pursues the study, practice, and development of effective Christian leadership in order to build leaders of integrity and impact. The CCL endeavors to become a premier resource center for Christian leadership development.
A faculty member since 1951, Dr. Hendricks sees the adult children of former students now attending his classes. Today he still maintains a rigorous travel schedule and has ministered in over 80 countries through speaking engagements, radio, books, tapes, and films. He is also the former Bible teacher and chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys football team.
Milestone Award: The Wondrous Story
Ranch Hope was founded in 1962 by the Rev. and Mrs. David L. Bailey. Their goal was to provide intensive services to moderately emotionally disturbed young men. In the years that followed, Ranch Hope expanded to 130 acres in order to care for more young men. Other additions included a special education school with shops for training in mechanics and woodcraft, a gymnasium, a barn for the horses and steer, director's residence, chapel, cafeteria and administrative building. Ranch Hope now serves over 90 young men and women.
In 2009 Rev. Bailey celebrated the 50th anniversary of his radio ministry, The Wondrous Story. The Wondrous Story is heard on stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the West Indies.
Milestone Award: First Baptist Church of Texarkana
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First Baptist Texarkana
On February 1, 1959, visionaries at First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas, saw the potential for TV and took a bold step to reach the region with the Gospel. Shortly afterwards, the Sunday broadcast on KCMC-TV was the highest rated program of any kind on television in the area. Pastor Jeff Schreve’s From His Heart Ministries now broadcasts the messages from FBC Texarkana across America and into 120 countries over TBN, CTN, Church Channel and other outlets.