2024 Board Class

Joe Battaglia
Renaissance Communications
The founder and president of Renaissance Communications, a media company whose mission is to provide media platforms for gifted communicators of Biblical truth.
Current clients include Prison Fellowship, Key Life Radio Network, Sight & Sound Productions, The Business Bible, the animated children’s series The Garden, and author/teacher Kim Crabill. Joe is an executive producer of the nationally syndicated radio program “Keep the Faith,” the #1 faith-based music radio show and currently is on the board of National Religious Broadcasters and WAY Media. He is the author of six books, including Make America Good Again; and The Politically Incorrect Jesus
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Bill Blount
Blount Communications Group
Bill Blount is President of Blount Communications Group, a Christian radio network of eight full power stations, operating on 13 frequencies, located throughout New England, which he and his wife, Deborah, founded more than 43 years ago.
He previously served as Chairman of the NRB Board. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the International, Membership, Ethics, Nominating, Awards, Public Policy, and Resolutions Committees, as well as a member of the NRB Music Licensing Committee. He has traveled extensively, partnering with international ministries such as TWR, HCJB, FEBC, The Bible League, Compassion International, and Gospel for Asia. For recreation, Bill enjoys motorcycles, snowmobiles, scuba diving, and hunting. He and Deborah live by a lake in a small New Hampshire town.
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John Fuller
Focus on the Family
John Fuller is vice president of Focus on the Family’s audio department and co-host of the award-winning daily Focus on the Family radio program.
John also hosts several Focus on the Family radio features and podcasts. Fuller represents the ministry at various events and has spoken internationally, written for dozens of publications and authored the book, First Time Dad. John and his wife Dena enjoy time with their adult children, being outdoors to soak up the Colorado sunshine, and serving at their church.
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Tony Hart
The Grand Old Gospel Fellowship (GOGF)
Dr. Tony Hart was born in 1954 to Dr. B. Sam and Joyce Hart. He has worked with several church plants and seen God establish them as testimonies in their communities to His glory.
Tony has preached in area-wide crusades and led several international mission trips training pastors in developing countries. He has experience as a Youth Pastor, Radio Station Manager, and Program Producer. Since 1992 he has served as Senior Pastor of Montco Bible Fellowship in Lansdale, PA. In 1998 he took over from his father as President of GOGF Ministries. Tony has also written a monthly column for the local newspaper and is the author of the books "Winning Is Everything," “2 Tablets for Your Marriage,” and “Table Talk with Jesus.” He has taken his education seriously and earned his undergraduate degree from Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University). He has completed a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Biblical Theological Seminary (now Missio Seminary).
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Collin G. Lambert
Lambert Creative Media
Collin G. Lambert is the Founder and President of Lambert Creative Media, LLC (formerly Enduring Mediaworks, LLC).
Collin G. Lambert is the Founder and President of Lambert Creative Media, LLC (formerly Enduring Mediaworks, LLC), a multi-faceted company dedicated to excellence in Christian media through live events, content production, coaching, consulting and on-air fundraising. He is also host of the weekend radio program Missions Today, a 26-minute weekly heard on over 150 stations focusing on missions activity from your front porch to the front lines. He served Moody Radio in Chicago for 15 years, the last 7 ½ years as Vice President of Broadcasting. Collin has an extensive background in radio and television, church media, event planning, fundraising and has also worked in the restaurant business. He and his wife Patti have three grown children and live in their hometown of Austin, Texas.
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Brett Larson
Crawford Broadcasting
In 1999, Dr. Larson began a full-time career with Crawford Broadcasting at the legendary WDCX-FM.
After several decades of growing in his career, he now serves in leadership with Crawford as a Corporate General Manager who oversees 7 full-power radio stations in Buffalo, Rochester, Birmingham, and Cullman/Huntsville. Dr. Larson also hosts a daily radio program called Skopos. He holds a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Master’s in Theological Studies (MTS), and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Liberty University. Dr. Larson is a current member of the Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters and previously served as an Executive Committee member and NRB Treasurer. He currently serves on the Audit & Finance Committee. Dr. Larson serves on other local nonprofit boards, provides organizational consulting to local ministries, and serves in the local church. He and his wife, Kim, have 3 wonderful boys!
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Roger Lonnquist
Your Network of Praise/New Life Africa Satellite Networks
Roger Lonnquist is President & General Manager of Your Network of Praise / New Life Africa Satellite Networks, which operates over 70 radio facilities in the western US, and two satellite radio channels in Africa, which are carried by numerous FM stations in 18 countries across Africa.
New Life Africa also partners in the operation of two stations in Tanzania, and one in Liberia. Roger is active in NRB, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, International Committee, and the NRB President’s Council. He previously served on the TV Committee. He is Vice-Chairman of a K-12 Christian school. He and his wife of 32 years, Janice, own the KJJC Media Group. This group operates a talk radio station in Salt Lake City and three television stations.
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Erwin W. Lutzer
The Moody Church
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years.
He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world: Running to Win, Moody Church Hour, and Songs in the Night. Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books and he and his wife Rebecca have co-written several books. He speaks domestically and internationally and has lead tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.
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Charles Morris
Haven Ministries
Charles Morris is the President of Haven Ministries and host of HAVEN Today.
Beginning his career as a broadcast news reporter, he then worked as an editor and bureau chief for United Press International. Charles and his wife, Janet, have co-authored several books, including Saving a Life and Missing Jesus: Find your life in His great story.
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Mike Murray
GSF Media
Mike Murray is the Chief Operating Officer of GSF Media.
He joined the staff at GSF Media in 2002 as the agency’s Affiliate Supervisor. In 2011, the agency promoted him to serve as Executive Vice President. In 2016 he was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mike’s responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the agency. He serves as one of the agency’s chief advisors to GSF Media’s clientele. Mike’s broadcast career began in 1985 in Anchorage, AK. where he was selected to be General Manager of KATB-FM. Over 15 years, he guided the operation and management of KATB-FM, KAFC-FM and KCFT Christian Television. Mike graduated college in 1981 and was granted a Certificate of Ordination in Ministry in the spring of 2002. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married since 1985 and have three grown children and two grandchildren. They reside in Nashville, TN.
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Star Parker
Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)
Star Parker is one of the names mentioned on the shortlist when anyone speaks of national black conservative leaders.
She is the Founder and President of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a public policy think-tank that promotes market-based solutions to fight poverty. Parker founded CURE in 1995 to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America’s poor from government dependency to self-sufficiency. Parker serves on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Institute and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), as well as NRB’s Executive Committee. She is the host of “CURE America” with Star Parker, a weekly news digest airing on NRB-TV and the TCT Network. Parker has addressed more than 250 colleges and universities about anti-poverty initiatives, has authored several books, is a regular commentator on national television and radio networks, and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. She also regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on how best to fix our nation’s most distressed communities, including joining the White House Opportunity Initiative advisory team in 2017, appointment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the U.S. Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission in 2018, and appointment by President Trump to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights California Advisory Committee in 2020.
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Jim Sanders
Ambassador Advertising Agency
Jim Sanders is a Principal and Executive Vice President at Ambassador Advertising Agency.
He helps guide the direction of the organization and its vision as well as the creative and technical aspects of the agency. Jim is a Co-Founder of the Christian Radio Consortium. He has served on the Board of Directors for NRB since 1999. He is also the President of Amb-OS Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Ambassador Advertising. He holds an M.BA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in communications from Biola University.
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Dave Santrella
Salem Media Group
In January 2022 Dave was promoted to Chief Executive Officer after serving 12 years as the President of Broadcast Media for Salem Media Group.
Salem is a publicly traded company (SALM) specializing in Christian and Conservative content with over 1400 employees and 3500 affiliates in 30 markets. He continues to oversee all local stations as well as the network assets and rep firms. Under Dave's leadership, Salem has launched Salem Surround - a digital platform - which has been a powerful revenue growth engine for the company and has dramatically increased Salem's digital abilities and footprint to help their clients. Salem Podcast Network, SalemNOW, and the Salem News Channel have also been launched under his leadership. Throughout his nearly 40-year career in the radio broadcast communications industry, Dave has provided leadership in promotions, marketing, sales, and management. A Chicago native, Dave worked for NBC's locally-owned radio station WMAQ for 12+ years and then for CBS's WBBM for 8+ years. In 2001, Dave felt called to use his talents and abilities in a more significant way and joined Salem to manage the Chicago market. He progressed steadily through Salem ranks, becoming VP/GM over his region within two years and five years later to Ops VP. In 2010 he moved to his current role, governing the entire broadcast division. Due to his depth of expertise in the industry, Dave collaborates with many industry organizations. He is currently the Joint Board Chair for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and served as Radio Board Chair of the organization the previous year. He is also on the President's Council for NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) and is on the RAB (Radio Advertising Bureau) board. Most recently and with Dave's specific work with religious content, he has been honored with the "Eye To Zion" award in 2020 by The Genesis 123 Foundation and is on the advisory board for the Museum of the Jewish People in Israel. In 2021 he was included in the Radio Ink “The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio,” and was featured on the cover of Radio Ink Magazine in December 2021. Dave and his wife Barb have four adult children and have been married for over 30 years and reside in Camarillo, California.
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Jamey Schmitz
WLMB-TV 40 and YES-FM Radio Network
Jamey Schmitz is Founder & President/CEO of WLMB-TV 40 and the YES-FM Radio Network.
These local broadcasting ministries are both headquartered in Toledo, OH. For 22 years, Jamey has been an active member of the NRB. He is a Founding Member of the NRB President’s Council, has served four terms on the NRB Television Committee, and has been a member of the NRB Resolutions Committee for several years. For the past year, Jamey has served the association as a Board Member of the NRB Network. WLMB-TV 40 has received the NRB Full Power TV Station of the Year Award on four occasions. His responsibilities often take him to Washington, DC, where he works diligently to preserve and expand Christian radio and television. Along with Rachel, his wife of 25 years, Jamey resides in Toledo, OH. They have four daughters - Sophia, Chloe, Lilly, and Rebekah - who are the joy of their lives.
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Randy Weiss
Randy Weiss is a TV broadcaster and past Chairman NRB Television Committee.
Dr. Weiss has built and operates 60 Christian LPTV stations, head of the International Broadcasting Network (IBN), President of Edge Spectrum, Inc. (ESI), and founding member of Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA). In 1973 Randy began serving the Underground Church in Communist lands. In 1994, he launched CrossTalk, a weekly TV program still in production and seen internationally. Randy is also host of Today With God and recipient of NRB’s “Best Television Teaching Program of the Year” and the NRB “International Impact Award.”
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Frank Wright
Deep Scan Media
Dr. Frank Wright is CEO of Deep Scan Media.
His prior leadership service includes President & Chief Executive Officer of D. James Kennedy Ministries, President & Chief Operating Officer of the Salem Media Group, President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters, and founding Executive Director of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship. Dr. Wright has served extensively on non-profit and for-profit boards of directors, including the Salem Media Group, Evangelism Explosion International, and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and is ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church.
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2025 Board Class

Richard (Rich) P. Bott II
Bott Radio Network
Rich Bott is the President and CEO of Bott Radio Network, which broadcasts quality Bible teaching, Christian news and information 24/7.
Operating 120 stations with a combined coverage of 60 million people across the heart of America, BRN also broadcasts worldwide online at www.bottradionetwork.com, BRN mobile apps, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, Apple Music, Smart Speakers, Roku and Apple TV. Rich has more than 45 years of Christian radio broadcast experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors, National Religious Broadcasters; Board of Governors, Council for National Policy; Board of Directors, Far East Broadcasting Company and The D.L. Moody Center. Rich received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Faye, live in Overland Park, KS.
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Phil Cooke
Cooke Media Group
Phil Cooke is the co-founder and president of Cooke Media Group.
According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare — a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s produced everything from Super Bowl commercials to creating the most successful Christian media programming of the last few decades. His book, One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born To Do, helps readers find the great purpose and calling for their lives. His book, Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media, will inspire the Church to change the way it engages today’s culture. In addition to writing at philcooke.com, he is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Forbes.com, Wired.com, and FoxNews.com.
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Tony Evans
The Urban Alternative
Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, former chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks & Dallas Cowboys, author of over 125 books, booklets and Bible studies.
The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,400 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Tony Evans was married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 50 years until Lois transitioned to glory in late 2019. They are the proud parents of four, grandparents of thirteen and great-grandparents of three.
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Michael Fabarez
Focal Point Ministries
Mike Fabarez is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California, and is heard daily on hundreds of stations across the country on the Bible teaching program, Focal Point.
Dr. Fabarez is also the founder and president of Compass Bible Institute and the Compass Church Planting Association. Pastor Mike is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology and Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Mike has authored several books including: 10 Mistakes People Make About Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife, Raising Men Not Boys, Lifelines for Tough Times, Preaching that Changes Lives, and Bible Survey for Kids. Mike and his wife Carlynn both grew up in Long Beach, California, attending high school together and then the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. They have been married for over 35 years and are parents of three grown children, one daughter and two sons.
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Jay Flowers
Grace to You
Jay Flowers is the chief operating officer of Grace to You, the media ministry of John MacArthur, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Jay Flowers is the chief operating officer of Grace to You, the media ministry of John MacArthur, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization. In 1989, after graduating with a degree in communication from The Master’s University, Jay began his career with Grace to You as a writer. He met his bride, Stephanie, at a home Bible study in 1998 and married her as soon as possible. He and Stephanie have two children, Madeline and Mason, and minister as part of Grace Community Church in Southern California, where John MacArthur serves as pastor.
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Jennifer Hayden
Kinship Radio Network
Jennifer Hayden, EdD, serves as Kinship Radio Network’s Executive Director.
Based in Mankato, Minnesota, Kinship Radio operates twenty-two signals in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Previously, she was Moody Radio’s Director of Research and Learning and has been station manager of Moody Radio’s WRMB-88.3 FM, Boynton Beach, FL as well as Blount Communications WFIF-1500 AM, Milford, CT. Jennifer has worked and taught in international contexts, including TWR’s Executive Producer of its Women of Hope radio program. Jennifer recently released her first book, The Pioneer’s Way: Leading a Trailblazing Life that Builds Meaning for Your Family, Your Community, and You. As a Rhode Island native, one of her greatest accomplishments is learning to speak with a Midwestern American accent, though currently you’ll find her refining her Minne-sOh-tah “Os.”
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Roger K. Kemp
RK Media
For more than 40 years, Roger Kemp has devoted his career to helping non-profit organizations achieve their ministry goals.
Located north of Los Angeles, RK Media specializes in fundraising strategies, marketing, production, and distribution of Christian programming. Clients include Insight for Living, Thru the Bible, Focal Point Ministries, Our Daily Bread Ministries, Know The Truth, Pathway to Victory, The Voice of the Martyrs, Chosen People Ministries, Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk and Parenting Today's Teens.
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Jim Kirkland
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Jim Kirkland serves as Executive Director, Audio Ministry for BGEA.
Jim leads two teams of talented folks; one that produces outreaches such as Sirius XM’s The Billy Graham Channel, the Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch podcast, and Billy Graham Minutes, and another that operates Blue Ridge Broadcasting, home of four-time NRB Station of the Year and two-time NAB Marconi Award-winning WMIT (The Light FM). Jim joined Blue Ridge Broadcasting in 2001 as Program Director, becoming General Manager four years later. In 2008, he assumed responsibility for all of BGEA’s radio ministries and was named Executive Director in 2015. Previous to joining Blue Ridge, Jim spent a dozen years in programming leadership of general-market radio stations in six different formats. He earned a BBA in Marketing from the University of Memphis. Jim is a past chairman of NRB’s Radio Committee. He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters in college. In addition to cheering all three of them on, he also serves as a deacon at Biltmore Church in Arden, NC.
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Paul Martin
Hope Media Group
Paul Martin joined Hope Media Group as Chief Of Development.
Paul Martin is Chief of Development at Hope Media Group. Martin founded Advocace Media which combined with DickersonBakker, premier donor development consulting firm, in 2019, where he served as Senior Partner. A Certified Fund-Raising Executive, Paul helps donors and business partners discover the joy of participating in ministry through giving. He was a leader of founding teams at KLTY (twice), Salem Media Representatives, Salem Radio Network, Popmail (a digital media solution for radio), Separate Account Solutions (a financial services firm for High Net Worth households) and Christian Broadcasting Network. He received the Scott Campbell Industry Impact Award from Christian Music Broadcasters and the Lifetime Stewardship Achievement Award from the National Center for Stewardship and Generosity. Paul and his wife Paula have 3 adult daughters.
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Tim McDermott
Tim McDermott CPA LLC Accounting and Consulting
Tim McDermott has served in broadcasting for over 40 years – 27 of which as the President/General Manager of KSBJ/Houston.
Tim McDermott has served in broadcasting for over 40 years – 27 of which as the President/General Manager of KSBJ/Houston. He has served in numerous industry positions including NRB Radio Chair, and was the founding Chairman of Christian Music Broadcasters. Tim has a passion to see organizations thrive, and mentors nonprofit and broadcasting CEOs around the U.S. and around the world. In addition to his broadcasting experience, Tim is also a CPA and is the Assistant Tax Manager for Sommerville and Associates where he prepares individual and nonprofit taxes.
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Grace Rendall
KSCE Channel 38 Christian Television
Grace G. Rendall has been Vice President and General Manager of KSCE Channel 38 Christian Television in El Paso, TX, a full-power station broadcasting in English, Spanish, and Arabic, for more than 26 years.
Grace is a member of NRB, the NRB TV Committee, the Board of Directors of the NRB and NRBTV, and other Christian, civic, and trade organizations. Grace is the first of eight children born to missionary parents serving in Mexico. She and her husband, David, are the proud parents of four grown children, and 10 grandchildren.
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Larry Ross
A. Larry Ross Communications
Larry Ross is President of A. Larry Ross Communications, a Dallas-based, full-service public relations agency he founded in 1994.
His mission is to “restore faith in media,” by providing cross-over communications at the intersection of faith and culture, and to give Christian messages relevance and meaning in mainstream media. Larry has influenced public opinion through strategic PR counsel to individuals and organizations during a career in mainstream and Christian public relations spanning more than 35 years. Larry’s work includes consultation and representation for many influential NRB members, including evangelist Billy Graham, for whom he has served as principal spokesperson since 1981.
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Michael Shelley
NewLife FM
Michael Shelley has been in Christian radio for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as General Manager of NewLife FM and Life Radio Ministries, Inc.
He is a long time member of NRB and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served on the NRB Radio Committee and as First Vice Chairman of the NRB Southeast Chapter. He has served as Station Manager for WJYO-FM in Ft. Myers, FL., Director of Media Services for Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, and as Assistant Station Manager at WRAF, Toccoa Falls, GA. He recently earned fellows positions with The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and The C.S. Lewis Institute in Atlanta, GA.
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Michael Stonecypher
The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.
Michael Stonecypher is the Vice President of Media Operations and Affiliate Relations for The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc.
CBN is a multifaceted organization that provides programming by cable, broadcast, satellite, and internet to approximately 200 countries. Chief among its broadcasting components are The 700 Club, one of the longest-running programs serving 97% of the U.S. television markets, and CBN News. His media career spans over 40 years, beginning with Contel Telecom, shifting to radio and television with Atlantic Broadcasting, Capital Broadcasting, Max Media then to CBN. Since 2007, Michael oversees the technical strategy of CBN’s traditional broadcasting, web and mobile VOD platforms, radio distribution and programming, affiliates and sales. He also serves on Board of Directors for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and holds an Associates in Electronic Engineering from Old Dominion University. Michael enjoys life with his wife of 38 years, his daughter in Utah and son in Florida while keeping up with Olive the Labrador back at home in Chesapeake, Virginia.
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Wes Ward
Moody Radio
Wes Ward became VP of Moody Radio in February 2022.
Wes Ward became VP of Moody Radio in February 2022. Prior to serving with Moody, he was Executive Pastor at Gospel City Church, Senior Vice President at Five Q, Senior Director of Media for Revive Our Hearts, Broadcast Manager at FamilyLife Today, National Program Director for Moody Radio and Program Director for WMBI Chicago, and Station Manager/Program Director at KCBI-FM Dallas. Wes served several years on NRB's Executive Committee and as Chair of the NRB Radio Committee. Wes is gratefully married to Carrie and is the glad dad of Graham, Maggie, Benjamin, and Emma.
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2026 Board Class

John Ankerberg
The John Ankerberg Show
Dr. John F. Ankerberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois—Chicago, and holds three advanced degrees, including a Master of Arts in Church History and Philosophy of Christian Thought and Master of Divinity (with honors) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary.
Dr. Ankerberg is the President and Founder of the John Ankerberg Show which for the past 42 years and currently is airing in over 200 countries in various languages. His program presents contemporary spiritual issues and defends biblical Christian answers on television and radio. He believes that Christianity can not only stand its ground in the arena of the world’s ideas, but that Christianity alone is fully true. He has spoken at more than 78 American universities, numerous nationwide conferences, and worldwide at major events across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He and his wife Darlene live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and have one grown daughter, Michelle.
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Robert Baehr
Robert currently works as Co-CEO for Movieguide®.
His achievements at Movieguide® to date include: releasing a top 50 iPhone app; building their website as a top destination and the number one in its market; building a powerful radio program aired nationally; and serving as executive producer for the nationally broadcast Movieguide® Awards. Prior to joining Movieguide® Robert worked in investment banking, and mergers & acquisitions for HSBC. He also spent time working for Motive Marketing (“The Passion of the Christ” and “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”) in grassroots marketing. He also worked with Disney National Promotions Group marketing “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Enchanted,” and “Underdog.” Robert owned and operated a top social network that he sold in 2009, and he has spent time with Urban Ministries, Inc. doing special projects for the CEO. Robert received his BA in History from Wheaton College in 2008. He did additional studies at the Chinese University in Hong Kong as well as at Oxford University in England.
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Gene Bender
The Bridge Austin, KTXW
Gene Bender, a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in communications, is a long-time veteran of Christian radio.
He began his broadcast career helping launch Austin’s first Christian radio station. Over the years, Gene served several station ownerships and in 2014 acquired a new signal covering Austin and Central Texas, launching the Bridge Austin 1120 AM. In 2018 a second Austin signal was added at 101.1 FM. Gene has previously served the National Religious Broadcasters on the Radio Committee, Regional Chapter, and NRB Board of Directors. Gene and his wife, Gayle, live in Austin and have four married children and five grandchildren.
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Bill Bumpas
KVNE/Encouragement Media Group
Bill Bumpas was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, and is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University.
Bill has been in radio since 1991 and began working at Encouragement Media Group (Tyler, TX) in 2019 serving as the ministry’s Vice President of Programming. He worked numerous positions at KCBI (Dallas) in a 14-year span. Bill also served as producer of a weekly radio program for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He spent many years doing Christian news reporting as well as working at secular news talk stations. Bill has been married to Susan for 25 years and has three children.
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Ed Cannon
Far East Broadcasting Company
Ed Cannon serves as President of Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) and is Chairman of Executive Committee for FEBC International.
Ed’s unique professional career includes leadership experience in both large ministry and corporate settings. Prior to FEBC, Ed served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. During his 8 1/2 years at Moody, Ed had oversight of broadcasting, publishing, the legal department, fundraising, and the operations of the Institute. Having served in executive positions at Amoco Oil and BP, Ed has focused on bringing various business disciplines to his work. Ed serves on the NRB Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He and his wife, Mary Jean, have two sons.
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Stuart Epperson Jr.
Truth Network
Stu Epperson, Jr. is founder and president of The Truth Network, with radio stations across North Carolina, Central Iowa, and Salt Lake City.
Truth Network additionally develops and syndicates programs on over 400 affiliates nationwide. Stu is also the host of “Truth Talk” and the author of two books: “Last Words of Jesus” and “First Words of Jesus: From the Cradle to the Cross” (Christmas 2016). In his spare time, he enjoys coaching and playing basketball. His passion is that all people everywhere will experience truth. Stu lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his wife, Julie. They have four daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and a young grandson.
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Debra Fraser
Total Living International
Debra Fraser is President/CEO of Total Living International (TLI), a Christian media communications group.
Debra began her career in television broadcasting by launching and managing KFCB TV 42 in the San Francisco market in 1982. She ultimately programmed and produced shows for three additional stations before joining TLI in 1998. There, she launched TLI’s Chicago-based Affiliate Network in 2000 and later became General Manager of TLI’s Northern California broadcast station. In 2016, Debra was named President/CEO of TLI. Under her leadership, TLI launched its digital platforms, international partnerships, and developed a local market presence in two of the top 10 markets. Throughout the years she has hosted several programs, including “The Counsel of Women,” “The Power of Womanhood,” and Emmy Award-winning “People Like You.” Under her direction, TLI has received several NRB awards including Television Station of the Year for six years. Debra has served several terms on the NRB Board of Directors. She is a team builder and considers it a blessing to be a member of the NRB Executive Committee since 2016 serving as Chair of multiple subcommittees. She and Jack have been married for 43 years and enjoy spending time with their daughters and sons-in-law whenever possible. Debra finds fulfillment in reaching people for Christ through visual media, standing for the Gospel, and working with like-minded ministries to further the Kingdom.
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Sharon Geiger
Sharon Geiger is the Assistant General Manager/Outreach Director at KCBI FM, a ministry of First Dallas Media.
Sharon seeks to help KCBI fulfill its purpose of communicating the Good News of Jesus’ love and transforming power and its mission to be a discipleship force in Dallas-Fort Worth by overseeing KCBI’s All Teaching platforms, teaching ministry relationships, and mobilizing listeners to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community. Sharon, an award-winning broadcast journalist, has traveled on assignment to many areas of the U.S. and around the world. She also worked with MEDIAlliance and Sharing International, training Christian broadcasters internationally. Sharon and her husband, Don, are grateful, proud parents and grandparents and are active in their church and community.
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Christopher Gould
Salem Media Group
Christopher Gould currently serves as SVP/GM for Salem Media Group, overseeing national and local Christian teaching and talk programming.
Chris also helps facilitate Salem's ministry relations and their many pastors events annually, which reach thousands of pastors. He also sits on the acquisition committee for Salem Books. Since February 2021, he lives in Colorado Springs and also oversees three local Salem radio stations: KBIQ Q102.7 FM, KGFT The Word 100.7 FM, and KZNT The Answer AM 1460 and 101.1 FM. Prior to joining Salem's executive team in 2011, Chris served as Salem's GM in Tampa for 10 years. In 1992, Chris began his radio career in Boston with Fairbanks Communications and later worked for CBS, James Chrystal, and Fairwest Direct. Married for 35 years, Chris and Michelle have four amazing grown children. He loves to serve, read, teach, hike, and of course, study God's word and win people to Christ.
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Tom Hayes
Insight for Living Ministries
Tom serves as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer for Insight for Living Ministries, the Bible teaching ministry of Chuck Swindoll.
He leads their global efforts to contextualize Insight for Living messages, Chuck’s books, and other ministry resources. Currently, IFL ministers in more than 80 countries as they work to fulfill their calling to minister in all 195 countries of the world. Since 2010 Tom has served on the Insight for Living Ministries Board of Directors and serves on the board of several other global ministry organizations. Tom and his wife, Katie, were married in 2001 and have two sons.
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Lauren Libby
TWR International
Lauren has led the TWR International media ministry since 2009.
He formerly served with The Navigators ministry in Colorado, in senior executive roles. For most of his adult life, Lauren has been instrumental in helping to bring Christ to the nations and develop spiritual laborers for God’s kingdom. He speaks to numerous audiences and hosts a radio feature called “Get Hope,” heard on over 110 radio stations nationwide. He is Chairman of the Board of New Horizons Foundation. He serves on the boards of Educational Communications of Colorado, and the NRB, and has served on the Board of ECFA and the University of Northwestern. Lauren and his wife, June, have one son who is a deputy DA in Colorado. They reside in Cary, North Carolina.
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Doug Myer
COO/General Manager of WDAC and WBYN-FM since 2009, Doug Myer began his management career with WDAC Radio Company in 1999 as Sales Manager and in 2002 as General Manager of WDAC.
He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Lancaster Bible College and serves as a corporation member of LBC and member of the education committee. He also serves on the NRB Executive Committee, the board of the Lancaster Child Evangelism Fellowship, and chairperson of the Lancaster National Day of Prayer. He and his wife, Janet, have three children.
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Dr. John Sorensen
Evangelism Explosion International
John Sorensen is the President & CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, a ministry dedicated to equipping and training believers worldwide to witness for Jesus Christ.
Before being called into ministry full-time with Evangelism Explosion, John worked on regional and national TV and radio ads, as well as for sound design for film. John was honored with numerous local, regional, and national awards like Best Short-Film at the New York Film Festival, Best of Show at the Columbus International Film Festival, and PromaxDBA’s Gold Medallion for the best radio ad of 1995. Within the ministry, John has served as the Director of Marketing, Vice President of Ministry Advancement, and Executive Vice President before being appointed President in 2008, an office held previously only by EE’s founder, Dr. D. James Kennedy. John is married to Ann, has four adult children, and lives in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina.
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Tom Steigleman
Tom is the General Manager of Christian Broadcasting, Inc. which owns two non-commercial and two commercial radio stations, and six translators in Anchorage and the South-Central Alaska area.
Tom Steigleman has been involved in media since he graduated high school. Tom worked at the Anchorage Daily News for eight years before joining Christian Broadcasting in 1995. Tom is also General Manager for Alaska Broadcast Television, which owns KCFT, a commercial television station in Anchorage, Alaska. Tom volunteers as a television director for his church. He has also produced and directed live statewide, regional, and national television broadcasts for GCI Cable, C-Span, Maddison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports, and the CBS Sports Network. Tom currently serves on the Board of Alaska Medical Missions, which helps supply missionary hospitals around the world.
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David Young
Blount Communications Group
As Vice President at Blount Communications, Dave Young is privileged to lead a team broadcasting the Gospel in difficult places in New England.
He also serves as Vice President of Good News Ministries International, ministering in the interior of Liberia through radio, pastoral training, educational initiatives, and more. And is helping to develop a new ministry called Gospel for Portugal. Dave has served NRB as a board member, committee member, and currently as Chair of the International Committee. He and his wife Rachel have been married for 40 years and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
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Ex-Officio Members

Yvonne Carlson
Design Thinkers
Yvonne Carlson is the Founder and CEO of Design Thinkers
Yvonne Carlson is the Founder and CEO of Design Thinkers; a consulting practice focused on human-centered design and technology innovation. She recently joined Unite Life as Vice President of Product. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado Christian University and completed graduate work in Information Communications Technology at the University of Denver. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and serves as the Chair of the Digital Media Committee of the National Religious Broadcasters. Her work experience includes positions in multiple industries, including broadcasting, manufacturing, advertising, and higher education.
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Wayne Pederson
Far East Broadcasting
Wayne Pederson began his radio career in 1967 as announcer and afternoon drive host on KTIS in Minneapolis.
He became Manager of KTIS in 1980 and was promoted to Executive Vice President for Media at University of Northwestern in St. Paul in 1997. During that time Wayne also served on the board of National Religious Broadcasters. From 2001-2004 Wayne was involved in leadership for NRB, Christian Music Broadcasters and Mission America Coalition In 2004, Wayne was invited by Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to serve as Manager of WMBI AM/FM in Chicago and eventually was promoted to Vice President of Broadcasting for Moody In 2008, God called Wayne to serve as global radio as President/CEO of HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond. In 2016, Wayne kind of retired but continues to serve Christian media as Executive Liaison for Far East Broadcasting and Global Ambassador for PraiseLive radio . Wayne has served on the boards of Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability, The Joshua Fund, Near East Media and National Religious Broadcasters Wayne and his wife, Willi, reside in Naples Florida Wayne has two daughters and 9 grandchildren in Wyoming and Minnesota.
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Joshua Weiss
Abundant Life Assembly of God
Joshua has nearly 25 years of experience in broadcast television, production, pastoral, and philanthropic work.
He is Co-Founder and CEO of ARK Multicasting, Inc., a broadcast technology company deploying a nationwide datacasting business across ~300 owned and operated television stations. He is producer of multiple award-winning television programs broadcasting nationally. He serves as Associate Pastor at Abundant Life church in Grand Prairie, TX where he has been on staff since 2004. He is a public speaker and has taught broadcast and production education domestically and abroad through industry and at the university level. Joshua is a published author, has presented multiple papers through the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). His works with CrossTalk International, Today With God, and Wize Flix television programs have rendered numerous awards from the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA), and the BEA. He has an MA in strategic communications and is nearing the completion on his Ph.D. in communications at Regent University.
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