The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Executive Committee has voted to approve five new full members and 23 new associate members.
A nonpartisan international association of committed broadcasters and Christian communicators, NRB’s membership is an exciting blend of all forms of electronic mass media: radio and television stations, program producers and transmitters, filmmakers and distributors, churches with media ministries, Christian educational institutions with communications programs, worship technologies, media arts, music-only broadcasting, internet communications, emerging technologies, and affiliated media-related agencies, consultancies, and law firms that support religious broadcasters.
Full membership with voice and vote and all other benefits of NRB is offered to organizations and individuals within the United States and internationally that directly engage in the use of electronic mass media for the dissemination of the Gospel. Associate membership is offered to individuals and organizations who are engaged in services related to the purposes of the members of NRB. For more information about NRB membership, visit nrb.org/membership or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are new members:
Steve Browning is the Executive Director for The Worthy Walk, a national Christian radio program. His nearly 20 years in church production developed from overseeing a video ministry as a volunteer in Mansfield, Ohio, to running the Production Department at The Chapel in Akron, Ohio. In his current position, he oversees all aspects of the radio program and runs the Resource Center at The Chapel.
iDisciple is a leading provider of Christian content, focused on connecting others with the life-changing Word of God. iDisciple has grown to more than 600,000 users with 250-plus authors offering sermons, devotionals, articles, and videos. They are committed to giving all profits to help fight social injustice on a global scale for the cause of Christ.
Jeanne Nigro is a seasoned author and teacher, speaking at conferences, retreats, churches, and professional organizations around the world as well as through her television and radio broadcasting platform, Facets of the Stone. She is also the founder of Jeanne Nigro Ministries.
Jonathan Goodwin serves as the President & CEO of Redemption World Records (Nashville, Tennessee), which produces for top-tier musicians in the best studios in the world. His reputation as a minister and gifted entrepreneur has made him a sought-after speaker and consultant for numerous ministries and organizations around the world.
Top digital experts in lead generation, advertising, marketing, strategy, fundraising, and social media came together with one vision: To give their best gifts toward organizations with a Kingdom mission. Voice of the Martyrs, Liberty University, and the feature length animated film The Pilgrim's Progress are a few of the organizations partnering with WD Social. A different kind of agency, on mission.
James R. Anderson
James R. Anderson is a Minnesota attorney (retired status) and author. Anderson authored a Christian devotional book under the title What Must I Do To Be Saved? This book includes all salvation verses in the New Testament with a short commentary on each. The book offers assurance for believers, a roadmap to salvation for others, and a tool for evangelism.
Dr. Richard Baker
With years of financial service experience, Richard Baker assists organizations in enhancing their retirement plans with actively managed options. He helps businesses become DOL compliant while designing group retirement plan options that enable employees to have successful retirements. Baker is also the author of Biblical Retirement.
BIC Media Solutions
BIC Media Solutions is the media investment, entertainment and custom book publishing division of BIC Alliance based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. BIC Media Solutions connects investors, filmmakers, and publishers to help fund, co-produce, and market inspirational and faith/family friendly media, including films, documentaries, TV, books, and events.
Through its operating companies – Beliefnet, Patheos, and Affinity4 – BN Media is the definitive online resource for information related to inspiration and spirituality. BN Media provides award-winning inspirational editorial and video content through mainstream and faith-based channels. The company’s mission is to inspire positive thought and action.
Josh Brown is Founder of His Productions, a well-established studio in northeast Indiana that has been producing Christian radio for nearly 17 years. His team consists of four producers, 16 editors, and a website designer who are committed to growing God’s Kingdom through radio and media. His Productions specializes in full-length radio production, custom music, web design, branding, and technical help for churches all over the United States.
Don Cain is a husband of 58 years, father, grandfather, and successful businessman. While attending a university club, Cain was confronted by an atheist, who asked, “How can you believe in a book with a talking snake in it?” This was the catalyst for writing Eight Absurd Things An Atheist Must Believe Before Breakfast.
Christian Healthcare Ministries
Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) is an affordable, faith-based solution for Christians to the problems of rising healthcare costs and expensive health insurance policies. An eligible option under the national healthcare law, CHM is thousands of Christians united in sharing each other's medical bills.
Engage Media Partners, LLC
Engage Media Partners, LLC, is a team that has more than 50 years combined experience working in churches and serving them with resources that transform. Engage Media Partners serves their clients with tenacious focus on impacting culture through resources that entertain, that are God-honoring, and that lift up the Gospel. They have worked with NRB members such as Cru and Focus on the Family through relationships built by serving churches.
Jim Forbes is currently the Director of Communications of Prison Fellowship. He is responsible for overall messaging and works closely with local, regional, and national media representatives and organizations. Prior to his work with Prison Fellowship, Forbes served as Director of Communications for Reps. David McKinley (WV-1) and Mike Bost (IL-12) in Washington, D.C., for five years. For most of Forbes’ career, he worked in the television news industry from more than 28 years. Starting as a videographer, he served in many capacities in several newsrooms on the East Coast including managing editor, anchor, reporter, and producer.
Michael Gardner joined Christian Care Ministry in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience in communications, 10 years of which were spent in the healthcare arena. As Director of Communication, Gardner leads the organization’s communication strategies and oversees branding for Medi-Share and other Christian Care Ministry programs. Before joining Christian Care Ministry, Gardner was Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Visiting Nurse Association of Treasure Coast. In addition to a master’s degree in publication design from the University of Baltimore, Gardner holds the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential, administered by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Mark Hancock began his career founding a national advertising agency and running it for 15 years. His conversion to Christ led him into ministry as a Youth, College, and Associate Pastor; Homeless Ministry Director; and Global Event Director, organizing events on five continents. He holds two master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and has taught at secular and Christian colleges. An award-winning writer and conference speaker, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Trail Life USA.
Hosea Initiative is a 501(c)(3) educational ministry dedicated to ending abortion in America by fulfilling the promise to Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D., America’s “Abortion King,” and Founder of NARAL Pro-Choice America. By targeting its education to communities hurt by Progressivism, Hosea Initiative trains community organizers to become pro-life leaders and biblical worldview advocates.
Mark Lammert is the President & CEO of Compliance Solutions, which provides complete end-to-end services from tax registrations with state and local jurisdictions, billing services, tax calculations in the USA and Canada, and transaction tax/sales tax remittance service. Compliance Solutions’ online tax research tool gives tax rates and information in 30,000 tax jurisdictions instantaneously 24/7/365. Its tax services are turnkey solutions for the simple to the very complex entity structure.
Link Electronics was founded in 1989 on a principle of developing quality products at a competitive price for the broadcast industry. Their core values are rooted in providing excellent customer service and quality products as established by Founders Bob Henson and Jim Timberlake. They take pride in their company as being an industry leader, creating state-of-the-art products while always maintaining cost-effective pricing to benefit their customers.
Lee Ann Mancini
Lee Ann Mancini is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and an award-winning Christian children’s author. She is on the board of the Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D. Mancini speaks to women’s groups regarding the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the Church.
MediaFusion is a media platform built with the purpose of amplifying the message of the Gospel through digital discipleship. Digital discipleship utilizes technology to train, teach, and equip the Church by sharing encouraging content. As a media platform, MediaFusion manages that content in one place and distributes it via various digital mediums, such as audio and video podcasting, live stream, and on-demand video.
Giancarlo Newsome is the Executive Director of the iPray.me Prayer App project. iPray® is a mobile app designed to help people pray and share prayer. Organizations can share their prayer suggestions and requests to iPray subscribers. The iPray app seeks to increase love for God and each other through prayer.
With a heart for the Gospel and known for her wit and wisdom, Casey Schutrop is an inspirational speaker, Bible teacher, mentor, and national award-winning author. With a background in theater and music ministry, she has shared her insightful teaching and creative outreach presentations to countless national groups and internationally to audiences of diverse cultures. Due to her heart for the next generation and evangelism, she is the Founder of WOW Ministries International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Schutrop’s passion is to bridge the generations and bring framework to families in shifting times.
Founded in 2011 and expanded in 2014, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, in partnership with Landon Beene and Nate Goble. Distributed worldwide through Provident/Sony Distribution, StowTown Records has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly respected artist roster.
Joni Sullivan Baker
Joni Sullivan Baker is Managing Director of Buoyancy Public Relations, which assists clients with media relations, book promotion, publications, marketing communications, social media, and special events. Buoyancy Public Relations works with authors of business and specialty books, and has special expertise to offer Christian authors because of its extensive experience working with Christian media, bookstores, and book bloggers.
Roger Wheelock is President of Greater Than I Ministries, a nonprofit corporation established for the purpose of providing creative biblical worldview teaching materials for Christian individuals, churches, families, and home-schools in America. Wheelock is an ordained pastor, worship leader, and songwriter with more than 30 years of intimate experience in Christian leadership. His burning passion is to help light a fire in Christians to once again lead our culture by applying the brilliance of the Word of God in every vocation and location of life – to know what we believe and take a stand!
Whitaker House’s mission is to advance God's Kingdom by providing biblically-based products that proclaim the power of the Gospel and minister to the spiritual needs of people around the world.
Dr. Calvin Wittman
Dr. Calvin R. Wittman has served Applewood Baptist Church since 1999. He is a graduate of Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Diane, were missionaries in Spain. They have three children and three grandchildren.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 6, 2017