Back to God Ministries International

Our deepest desire is to see the Gospel change the hearts and lives of people all around the globe. Using technology and media we take the word of God to people, right where they are so that they can reframe their lives in light of who God is and how much He loves them.


Radio Is Not Dead


What would Prakash, Miriam,
and Opung’s lives be like if there
was no radio ministry?

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A Faith Across Generations

A Faith Across Generations

Back in 1980, Lori Persenaire lay in the hospital where she would soon pass away. She was only 20 years old, but cancer had ravaged her body. Still, Lori offered some encouraging advice for the patient on the other side of her room’s dividing curtain.

“Lilian, I can’t see you...

Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus, and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer. Today reaches hundreds of thousands of readers seeking spiritual growth via the Web, email, print, and mobile.

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Is This Really a Savior?

Arie Leder | Jul 22, 2019

Scripture Reading: Judges 14:1-3

God [sent] his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. . . . Romans 8:3

In Samson, God sends his people a savior—and what does Samson want to do? All he wants is to satisfy his eyes’ desire. Samson sees a Philistine girl and wants her...

For Churches

At Back to God Ministries International, we desire to provide ministry tools and practical resources to help churches disciple their congregations and beyond. When churches partner with Back to God Ministries International, we are all able to reach more people with the Gospel. If your church isn't already one of our ministry partners, we'd love to connect with you and find out how we can help.

Celebrating 80 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.