|For Immediate Release
January 3, 2014
Manassas, VA– The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Executive Committee voted to approve 20 new full members and nine associate members in the final quarter of 2013.
“It is with great joy that I welcome these new members into the association’s family of Christian broadcasters and communicators,” remarked NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “These organizations and individuals will not only benefit from their membership, but they will also support NRB's mission to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech."
"I look forward to seeing how God will bless them and how God will bless our association through their membership.”
The following member applicants have been approved:
Explore God Network
In 2013, an unprecedented citywide movement took place in Austin, TX: 370 churches spanning 13 denominations came together to invite the Greater Austin area to Explore God and engage in spiritual conversations. Explore God is a free, robust, online, progressive content and apologetic resource designed for individuals, discussion groups, churches, and community outreach initiatives. They create content for people with spiritual curiosities and tackle tough questions about God, purpose, suffering, Jesus, the Bible, religion, and other topics that deserve intelligent and nuanced answers. By engaging the spiritually curious in a way that’s friendly and relational, Explore God helps people understand God’s story and how they fit into it. To learn more about Explore God, visit www.exploregod.com.
Free Chapel Worship Center, Inc.
Free Chapel has campuses in Gainesville, GA; Suwanee, GA; and Irvine, CA. Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries and television broadcast Kingdom Connection reach around the world each week. As an organization, they exist for one reason: souls. They believe their multi-channel approach to sharing the Gospel helps build a connection between believers and across generations. For more information about Free Chapel, visit www.freechapel.org.
Johns, Tim (Individual)
Tim Johns, Owner and President of Mountain Peak Productions, has 30 years of experience in Christian radio program production. He has successfully worked as an independent radio program producer and placement agent for more than 11 years. Tim and his team currently produce Pathway To Victory for Dr. Robert Jeffress along with many other ministry clients. For more information about Mountain Peak Productions, visit www.mountainpeakproductions.com. To find out how Mountain Peak Productions can help you reach your highest peak in radio production, contact Tim Johns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Without Limbs
Life Without Limbs uses the unique circumstance and inspirational story of Nick Vujicic as a vehicle to encourage people to seek after God. Their burning passion and ultimate goal is to show people the love of Jesus Christ and bring them to a full understanding and saving knowledge of Him. They do this through preaching and motivational speaking to adults and youth around the world. Their mission is to cross boundaries and break down barriers to build bridges that bring people closer to the love and hope in Jesus Christ. To learn more about Life Without Limbs, visit www.LifeWithoutLimbs.org. To watch videos, go to www.LifeWithoutLimbs.tv.
McWilliams, Gail (Individual)
Gail McWilliams is a compelling author, seasoned speaker, and host of her own national radio feature, Seeing Beyond with Gail McWilliams, heard on the Bott Radio Network. On her program, Gail, who lost her sight as a result of a medical condition aggravated by pregnancy, teaches people to see through spiritual eyes and to follow Christ obediently. To learn more about Gail and her ministry, visit www.gailmcwilliams.com. To contact Gail, email email@example.com.
Middleton, Frances (Individual)
As the Founder of Christian Media Consultants, Frances Middleton encourages believers to take the Gospel message to the streets by any means necessary. Her business is dedicated to serving followers of Jesus Christ, affinity business owners, schools, churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations. The breadth and depth of Frances’ industry experience and knowledge of the marketing media mix have enabled her to help many achieve their goals. For more information about Frances and her work, visit www.christianmediaconsultants.net.
Mims, Jay (Individual)
Jay Mims is an Instructor, Videographer, and Production Supervisor in the Communications Program, Department of English and Modern Languages, at South Carolina State University. Jay, a Carolina native, also writes lighthearted murder mysteries revolving around Private Investigator Dan Landis. To contact Jay, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olive Tree Media
Olive Tree Media supports the radio and television ministry of Australian Christian leader and pastor Karl Faase. The most recent release was their innovative series, Towards Belief. Earlier programs include The Men’s Series and The Family Series, which are aired in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Korea, and the Middle East. Karl's Daily Nudge radio spots are heard across Australia, on two stations in the United Kingdom, and on one station in New Zealand. Karl Faase, Senior Pastor at Sydney’s Gymea Baptist Church, has been involved in Christian media in Australia for more than 15 years. To learn more about Olive Tree Media, visit www.olivetreemedia.com.au.
Olivet Nazarene University (Full Educational)
Olivet Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. It was founded in 1907 by a group of families who desired a distinctively Christian education for their children. About 4,600 students from more than 40 states and 20 countries attend the university. To learn more about Olivet Nazarene University, visit www.olivet.edu.
Oral Roberts University (Full Educational)
The mission of Oral Roberts University, in its commitment to the Christian faith, is to educate the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, thereby preparing its graduates to be professionally competent servant-leaders who are spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, and socially adept. The university seeks to synthesize the best practices of liberal arts, professional, and graduate education with a Spirit-empowered emphasis to enable students to go into every person's world with God's message of salvation and healing for the totality of human need. To learn more about Oral Roberts University, visit www.oru.edu.
Pacific Justice Institute
Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit legal defense organization defending without charge the religious freedom of churches, ministries, and individuals. They have a volunteer network of hundreds of attorneys, ready to diligently serve. Additionally, PJI representatives testify before legislators and appear on local and national radio and television programs. Their radio programs, The Dacus Report and The Legal Edge, are broadcast nationwide, and the Legal Edge can be heard weekly on the Bott Radio Network. To learn more about the Pacific Justice Institute, visit www.pji.org.
Founded in 1983, the Renaissance Foundation is a leadership organization that encourages people to gain influence in their respective fields, always challenging these people to new standards of excellence and spiritual renewal. Renaissance Women Productions, a project of the Renaissance Foundation, has produced award-winning documentaries and shorts for the past eight years, using new, undiscovered talent. Their most recent film, Life Fine Tuned, was just released. For more information about Renaissance Women Production, visit www.renaissancewomenproductions.com.
Shorter University (Educational Institution)
Shorter University, a Christian institution, offers quality undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs, and select graduate programs. Its Department of Communication Arts offers four distinct areas of concentration for a BA or BS degree: Advertising and Public Relations; Journalism; Organizational Communication and Leadership; and Sports Communication. For more information about Shorter University, visit www.Shorter.edu.
Sirmons, Paul (Individual)
Independent filmmaker Paul Sirmons is a 35-year veteran on the production side of movies and TV. He line-produced the Christian movies Home Run and Letters to God, and the upcoming Dr. James Dobson documentary series Building a Family Legacy. He also directed and produced The First of May and was a DGA Assistant Director on many TV series, including Quantum Leap, Falcon Crest, and The Waltons. He was Florida's State Film Commissioner under Jeb Bush from 2005 to 2008. Paul can be reached at email@example.com.
Sonoma Christian Home
Sonoma Christian Home, an Internet publication, is a romantic hybrid of iconic favorites such as House Beautiful, Bon Appetit, and Town & Country, but woven together with even more consequential content: Christian articles penned by a star-studded roster of nationally known authors and writers. The result: powerful inspiration, in the form of articles and videos, on topics from faith and family to food and design. To learn more about Sonoma Christian Home, visit www.sonomachristianhome.com.
Stafford, Nancy (Individual)
Nancy Stafford is known to millions as Andy Griffith’s law partner on TV’s Matlock. She has been a series regular on six TV series, including the Emmy-winning St. Elsewhere, and stars in numerous films including Christmas with a Capital C, Christmas Oranges, A Season of Miracles, and Christmas for a Dollar. She is the author of two books, The Wonder of His Love, which Beth Moore says is “like a warm embrace from God Himself,” and Beauty by the Book, which ASSIST News called “one of the most valuable Christian books to be published in decades.” To learn more about Nancy, a popular speaker at universities, retreats, and conferences, visit www.nancystafford.com.
Stevens, Bill (Individual)
International award-winning film and television producer W.H. Stevens Jr. (Bill) has several impressive credits, including Executive Producer for 65 episodes of The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, 13 episodes of Dennis the Menace, and 11 episodes of C.O.P.S.; and Producer of The Care Bears TV Specials. Bill is also the General Manager of Christian Hit Radio, Inc., in Ottawa. To reach Bill, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Van Gorkom, Tom (Individual)
Tom Van Gorkom recently joined the radio ministry of Rio Grande Bible Institute, serving as an engineer for Radio Esperanza, their broadcast outreach. Prior to his role with Rio Grande Bible Institute, Tom served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 25 years. Much of his time with Wycliffe was spent working in Colombia, South America, where he served in many roles, including two-way radio communications, avionics, and administration. In his last role with Wycliffe, he led the worldwide project funding system from their headquarters in Orlando, FL. To contact Tom, email email@example.com.
Walkington, Andrew (Individual)
Award-winning British filmmaker Andrew Walkington founded his organization, True Films, in order to create Christ-centered evangelical feature films. True Films’ first work, For Love’s Sake, was made in a community context. The film is semi-autobiographical and based closely on the events Andrew experienced as a young boy, events that lead him to faith in Christ. For more information about Andrew and his work, visit www.truefilms.co.uk.
Wright, Frank (Individual Professional)
Dr. Frank Wright is the President & COO of Salem Communications Corporation. Previously, he was the President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, a position he held for 11 years. Prior to joining the NRB staff in 2003, he served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Dr. Wright holds a doctorate in finance from Florida Atlantic University. To reach Dr. Wright, call 805-987-0400 or email FrankW@salem.cc.
The Azzurro Group is an integrated media services company that delivers the engineering and transmission services needed to keep media operations at the leading edge. Customers go to them for the integration of broadcast systems, all-digital transmission, content hosting and management, and advanced cost-effective solutions for connecting remote talent to the broadcast studio at full HD. Their clients include many of the top names in broadcasting. For more information about Azzurro, visit www.azzurrogroup.com.
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world through community outreaches, children’s feeding initiatives, disaster response, and partner resourcing. Convoy of Hope has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four Star Charity for nine consecutive years. For more information on Convoy of Hope, visit www.convoyofhope.org.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., Deluxe is a leading provider of a broad range of services and technologies for the global digital media and entertainment industry. From start to finish, in whatever format or language is required, Deluxe has the infrastructure and in-house capacity to provide complete solutions to a broad range of individuals and organizations. Deluxe’s current Christian clients include Pastor Francis Chan (author of Crazy Love), Sight & Sound Christian Theaters, Adventist Media, Cru, Calvary Church, and Urban Christian Entertainment. To learn more about Deluxe, visit www.bydeluxe.com. For information about how Deluxe can help you, contact Tom Fabrizio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FaithSearch Partners, Inc.
FaithSearch Partners was founded in early 2007 to serve all faith-based organizations, including Christian media, ministries, and churches. FaithSearch consultants are adept at securing leaders whose personal commitment matches the needs, mission, and culture of its faith-based clients. To learn more about FaithSearch Partners, visit www.faithsearchpartners.com.
Intelerep is a national sales management team for radio and television networks and associated digital portals. Intelerep has assembled a group of distinctive media partners that constitute the most powerful and engaging channels in the God & Country space. Its mission is to further God’s Kingdom by way of seeking and serving national sponsors to support their media partners, who provide encouraging, uplifting, and life changing programming. For more information about Intelerep, call 251-928-9400.
Loudenslager, Raschelle (Individual)
Raschelle Loudenslager has more than 20 years of writing and speaking experience in the publishing, marketing, and public relations industries. As a seasoned professional writer, she finds great joy in creating original works as well as helping authors navigate successfully through their literary journey. Her mission in life is to run a daily path toward purpose while finding joy and laughter through life’s twists and turns. To learn more about Raschelle, visit www.raschelleloudenslager.com.
Orion Tours was established in 1969 to meet the fast-growing demand for land tours of Turkey. Currently, as the one of the top tour operators in the country, they offer fully escorted tours with fixed price guarantees. In addition to standard tours, Orion offers tours for groups interested in religious, academic, and archaeological topics. They also plan special events, such as conferences, for groups wishing to take advantage of the exotic location. For more information, visit www.oriontour.com.
Sovee is helping today's ministries and Christian broadcasters take their message to the ends of the earth with cloud-based translation and video technology. Sovee translates video, websites, documents, and live chat in 50+ languages. Sovee’s video services mean the end of the "buffering" wheel, equipping video to play beautifully on virtually any device, browser, and bandwidth. Sovee’s current Christian clients include Salem Communications, John Ankerberg, Wycliffe Associates, and many others. To learn more about Sovee, visit www.sovee.com.
TrueSense Marketing is a values-driven direct-response fundraising agency that integrates mail, online, broadcast, and print channels to engage donors with compelling opportunities to impact our world. To learn more about TrueSense, visit www.TrueSense.com. To talk about fundraising for your organization, contact Jeff Nickel at jeff.nickel@TrueSense.com.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention
The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 22-25, 2014. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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