Celebrating 75 Years

Back to God Ministries International began more than 75 years ago with a three-fold mission:

  • Proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord
  • Help followers of Jesus grow in their faith
  • Strengthen the church

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.

2000

Children’s Ministry begins

Kids Corner, a children’s radio program, debuted on more than 160 radio stations. The Ark Clubhouse, a children’s television program, was produced and broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese.

2008

Back to God Ministries International

The organization’s name, The Back to God Hour, was officially changed to Back to God Ministries International to reflect the growing scope of our mission. 

2009

Hindi outreach begins

The tenth major language ministry, Hindi, was added.

2009

ReFrame Media – English language outreach

The English language family of programs was named ReFrame Media.