|For Immediate Release
April 9, 2015
Manassas, VA – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Executive Committee has voted to approve 18 new full members and 12 associate members in the first quarter of 2015 – 30 new members in total.
“We are off to a strong start in 2015,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “The number of new members – 30 – is solid, and the quality of the individuals and organizations is outstanding. To each of these new members, I say, ‘Welcome!’ I’m glad and grateful that they’ve joined the association, and I look forward to working with them for the cause of Christ.”
NRB Director of Membership Melissa Sturgis added, “It’s my pleasure to welcome these 30 new individuals and organizations to NRB membership. I know they will grow as a result of their involvement with the association, and their diversity and passion will strengthen our Christian communications community.”
The following member applicants have been approved:
ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF GOD
Abundant Life Church Assembly of God is located in Grand Prairie, TX. Their mission is to help people from all walks of life connect with God in personal experience with Him through authentic worship and genuine community. To learn more, visit www.abundantlifegp.com.
CHRISTIAN VISION USA, INC.
Christian Vision USA, Inc., is a division of the global Christian Vision (CV) organization. CV is working to reach and touch one billion people around the globe and introduce them to Jesus and encourage them to be His true followers through different missionary and media projects such as Pioneers and yesHEis. For more information, visit www.cvglobal.co.
COMMUNITY RADIO, INC.
Community Radio, Inc., is a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status founded for the purpose of supporting Christian radio broadcasters in technical and FCC compliance areas, as well as offering general consulting services. Community Radio, Inc., is also the licensee of a Low Power FM Christian radio station in Mena, AR, KAWX-LP. CRI Founder Chris Daniel has a passion for Christian radio and 40 years of experience in broadcasting.
DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM
Shakeela Yasuf was a Muslim until Christ through supernatural events brought her to the cross. She has since dedicated her life to reaching the Muslim community through her television program, Descendants of Abraham, which is broadcast around the world. These programs present Christ in a way that appeals to the Muslim mindset. For more information about the organization, visit www.descendantsofabraham.org. To contact Shakeela, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAITH DRIVEN ENTERTAINMENT™
Faith Driven Entertainment™ (FDE) connects faith compatible entertainment products – such as movies, television, and music – with the robust and economically powerful faith driven community. FDE connects the faith driven consumer audience with compatible entertainment options. FDE leverages unparalleled community expertise and a database of tens of millions of faith driven consumers nationwide. To learn more, visit www.faithdrivenentertainment.com.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SEVIERVILLE
First Baptist Church of Sevierville in Tennessee has a membership of more than 4,000 with more than 1,200 people meeting weekly for Sunday school. Rev. Dan Spencer is the 36th pastor to serve this historic church. The church broadcasts its service on television and online. To learn more, visit www.fbcsev.org.
GABRIELLE BROADCASTING, LLC
Gabrielle Broadcasting is an acquisition and growth-oriented broadcaster that was formed to purchase 1280 The Trumpet in Phoenix, AZ. This station is Phoenix’s oldest Christian broadcaster and features a blend of teaching and talk programs. To learn more, visit www.1280kxeg.com.
GLOBAL MINISTRIES FOUNDATION
Founded by Richard L. Hamlet in 2003, Global Ministries Foundation (GMF) is a Christian relief and development organization connecting with local churches and partners to serve the under-resourced around the world. GMF exists to reach the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to minister to those in need. For more information, visit www.gmfonline.org.
JIM WOOD MINISTRIES, INC./ABIDING IN CHRIST
Abiding in Christ is the Bible-teaching ministry of Jim Wood, Founder of Wears Valley Ranch. Abiding in Christ features broadcasts, books, conferences, and preaching. The radio program is enjoyed by a national audience via iTunes and SiriusXM (Family Talk 131), which airs the program week nights at 8:30 p.m. Listeners local to Knoxville, TN, tune in week nights on 106.7 FM at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.pastorwood.org.
Key Radio, a ministry of Biblical Ministries Worldwide and a Moody Radio affiliate, has been broadcasting biblical teaching programs in Utah since 1988. Due to the unique religious demographic, all staff are supported as missionaries. They transmit from their AM main station in Provo, with three FMs in smaller Utah communities. For more information, visit www.keyradio.org.
Parables TV is the premier 24-hour Christian on-demand and live streaming service that exclusively provides faith-based entertainment consisting of thought-provoking movies, documentaries, series, and original programming that the whole family will enjoy. Parables TV is available on 1.6 billion Apple, Android, and Roku devices. For more information, visit www.parables.tv.
The Lipscomb University College of Entertainment and the Arts is located in Nashville, TN, and offers degrees in a wide variety of subjects, including film production, theatre, dance, contemporary music, animation, fashion, and design, as well as their highly esteemed graduate degrees in filmmaking. For more information, visit www.lipscomb.edu/cea.
SILAS RADIO AND TELEVISION FIRM, LLC
Silas Radio and Television Firm is a multimedia marketing and development company. They will strive to be your marketing liaison by bringing your product and voice to the top radio stations, television networks, Internet, and shortwave radio. SRTV can have your product seen or heard! For more information, visit www.silasradiotvfirm.com.
THE RMB AGENCY
RMB is a full service advertising agency specializing in radio, TV, and print. They have more than 40 years of experience and bring a level of expertise in media that is rarely surpassed in the industry. They offer confidence and caring in everything they do, with their clients being their driving force. For more information, visit www.rmbagency.com.
TOWNS, RHONDA (Full Individual Member)
Rhonda Towns is a Christian and country music singer. Her love for music goes back to when she was a little girl singing in the church where her father was the pastor. In addition to her work as a recording artist, Rhonda hosts a radio program, Plenty More Love, on 1360 KPXQ. Listeners can also tune in for the live stream at www.faithtalk1360.com. To learn more about Rhonda, visit www.rhondatowns.com.
WALK WITH THE KING, INC.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Robert A. Cook offered listeners the warm greeting, "Hello, radio friend. How in the world are you?" His 15-minute program, Walk With The King, was heard coast to coast. Following Dr. Cook’s passing in 1991, Walk With The King, Inc., was formed to continue Dr. Cook’s audio, video, and written materials and bring them to a new generation. To learn more, visit www.walkwiththeking.org.
WBTX RADIO, LLC
Since 1972, WBTX-AM has been presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and solid biblical teaching to the Shenandoah Valley from Broadway, VA. For more on the station or to listen 24/7, go to www.WBTXradio.com. Christine Pompeo is Station Manager and can be reached at cpompeo@WBTXradio.com.
WEISSERT, TAMI (Full Individual Member)
Tami Weissert is the Director of Ministry Development at Servant Oasis. Tami is passionate about helping people connect with God’s Word. By way of conference speaking and writing, she encourages spiritual growth through Bible engagement. Tami received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska’s College of Law in 1995. She enjoys serving in her local church, most often through music ministries. She also serves on the NRB Board of Directors. To reach Tami, email email@example.com.
Founded in 2001, Advantage Books is a pioneer in the field of digital print and digital publishing technologies. Their printing, publishing, and distribution process works because they are committed to end waste. Their overall goal is to reach the lost with words of teaching and encouragement from God's Word. For more information, visit www.advbooks.com.
Brushfire creates software that delights users and makes life better. They have been privileged to serve great ministries like Cru, Compassion, Salem, Crossway, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Brushfire collaborates with client teams to build award-winning products that engage constituents and drive meaningful results. For more information, visit www.brushfireinteractive.com.
BALLENGER, SARA (Associate Individual Member)
Sara Ballenger, Founder and President of Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, is a voice to the nation. She coordinates a daily prayer watch in Congress and publishes The Daily Brief: News from the Hill with prayer points every day they are in session. CHPP prays for “all in authority” from a Kingdom perspective. To read the CHPP blog, visit chpponline.blogspot.com. To receive The Daily Brief, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASE CONSULTING SERVICES, INC.
Case Consulting Services provides world-class, results-oriented fundraising counsel, coaching and mentoring, and presentations, customized to help organizations secure the resources necessary to meet their strategic goals. President Ben Case has served the non-profit sector for more than three decades, helping organizations raise more than $3.6 billion. For more information, visit www.caseconsultingservices.com.
CHILDREN OF THE NATIONS
Children of the Nations (COTN) raises orphaned and destitute children to transform nations in Africa and the Caribbean. COTN's child sponsorship program is personal, offering sponsors the chance to visit their children. COTN’s care is long-term and holistic, culminating in transitional support as children reach adulthood. Learn more at www.cotni.org.
Lightcast.com is a premium OVP and global CDN, delivering bitrate adaptive live-streams, on-demand media, and linear 24/7 streams at transparent and budget-minded rates for publication on websites, social sites, mobile apps, ConnectedTV devices, and set-top boxes. They maximize the growth of viewerships, providing monetization tools and intuitive viewer-response systems. For more information, visit www.lightcast.com.
ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
For 25 years, Israel College of the Bible has provided Bible-based instruction to equip congregational leaders and other Israeli believers in Jesus. Located in Netanya, Israel, it is now the largest evangelical Bible college or seminary in the Middle East. Instruction is in Hebrew, and the student body is comprised of both Arab and Jewish believers. The college also broadcasts both evangelistic and apologetic content online. For more information, visit www.oneforisrael.org.
MAYE, WARREN l. (Associate Individual Member)
Warren L. Maye, B.F.A, M.A., is Editor-in-Chief for The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory. His articles have appeared in numerous publications during his 35-year career. He has authored several books and is a member of national speaker and press associations. He’s currently launching SAConnects, a multicultural/trilingual magazine. For more information, visit www.SAConnects.org. To reach Warren, email email@example.com.
MILLER, VALERI (Associate Individual Member)
As family members struggle with the loss of independence, where can the caregiver receive encouragement? From Valeri Miller of Who Cares? Biblical Caregiving. Her challenge to caregivers is straightforward: Even as you strive to show love and care to everyone else, let God do a much-needed work in your own heart. Caregivers can find spiritual encouragement and practical tips at www.biblicalcaregiving.com.
ROBB, JIM (Associate Individual Member)
Jim Robb is the Vice President of NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation. NumbersUSA is a non-profit, non-partisan immigration reduction organization. They conduct research on the impacts of high numerical levels of immigration and educate the public, opinion leaders, and policymakers on the results of those and other studies. To contact Jim Robb, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PARABLE GROUP
The Parable Group is a data-driven, results-oriented marketing agency connecting retailers, publishers, ministries, and non-profits to faith-based consumers everywhere. They’ve been measuring what motivates the Christian consumer since 1985, driving measurable results for clients across various marketing platforms — from traditional print to next-gen digital technologies. To learn more, visit www.parablegroup.com.
TRULI MEDIA GROUP, INC.
Truli Media Group, managed by seasoned media industry veterans, is a worldwide aggregator and distributor of Christian-based, family, and educational content with entertainment elements in many languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, and others. The portal hosts video-on-demand and other media, including inspirational, music videos, filmed entertainment, books, comedy, sports, and children’s programming, all within a trusted social network of shared affinity. For more information, visit www.truli.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 2016 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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