How the Gospel Spreads Across 10 Languages in Nearly Every Country

Technology is the fastest, most cost-effective way to reach the most people at any given time.

Broadcast

86 Gospel-centered programs are broadcasted around the world.

Social Media

Tens of thousands of people interact with our 67 different social media sites each month.

Emailed

233,000 devotional emails are sent daily.

Mailed

We reach 502,511 people through video monthly

 

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Celebrating 81 Years of History

Since 1939, our mission has been to proclaim that Jesus is Lord, help those who want to follow Jesus to know him better, and to strengthen the church. We are humbled that God is using us in such powerful ways to help people like you grow your faith and share the Gospel with others. Thank you for making us part of your life.

1939

The Back to God Hour is born

After the Great Depression halted radio production, the Christian Reformed Church Synod appointed a Radio Committee to begin a media ministry. In 1939, The Back to God Hour broadcast its first radio message in Chicago, Illinois.

1946

Dr. Peter Eldersveld – First Radio Pastor

Dr. Peter Eldersveld was appointed as the first full-time radio pastor to broadcast The Back to God Hour. By the late 1940s, more than 250 stations had picked up the program.

1950

The Family Altar first published

The first printed devotional, The Family Altar, was published. Within the first few months more than 40,000 people subscribed. In 1976 the publication changed its name to Today.

1958

Arabic outreach begins

Our Arabic outreach, led by Rev. Bassam Madany, broadcast its first program to the Arab world.

1965

Spanish outreach begins

Rev. Juan Boonstra began Spanish language programming.

1966

Dr. Joel Nederhood appointed Radio Minister

Dr. Nederhood was appointed as Dr. Eldersveld’s successor as the voice of The Back to God Hour.

1969-1980

Six more language ministries added

Language outreach expanded to include French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. By 1979, The Back to God Hour had eight language ministries reaching 100 countries. In 1980, the ninth language, Russian, was added.

“We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” - 2nd Cor 5:20