Missionary Radio is the broadcast ministry of the Pennyrile Christian Community, Inc. Missionary Radio is 100% listener-funded by listeners and other interested parties who want to see its ministry to the Hopkinsville, Ft. Campbell, Clarksville, Madisonville area continue. In addition Missionary Radio has translators in Dickson, TN at 98.9 FM, Murray, KY at 92.1 FM and Providence, KY at 101.7 FM. Since we are licensed to operate in the non-commercial portion of the FM band we cannot air commercials. However we also do not solicit underwriters' announcements that would interfere with the flow of ministry that we feel is vital to our mission and calling. Our only source of income is from the faithful gifts of our listeners. You can give through the mail at WNKJ, PO Box 1029, Hopkinsville, KY 42241 online here by clicking give from the homepage menu or by joining the "Firm Friend Club" which is a monthly bank transfer from the listeners bank account to ours. Thank you for praying for, listening and giving to the ministry of Missionary Radio. We are a partner with Trans World Radio with a focus on Shine 800 AM, a 450K radio station broadcasting from Bonaire. To learn more about TWR go to www.twr.org.
We are a non-commercial, non-profit radio ministry. We don't sell air time or underwriters. We broadcast only nationally-syndicated broadcasts which comprise 30% of our ministry. We don't have a rate card. You are invited to share your public service announcement. At times, we do feature ministries on "Ministry Spotlight." Thank you for joining us as we lift up "King Jesus."
The current Pennyrile Christian Community, INC Board of Directors:
President: George Fleming, Clarksville, TN
Vice-president: Mike Humble, Russellville, KY
Secretary-Treasurer (ex-oficio): Ken Cummins, Princeton, KY
Members at large
Bing Verbist, Clarksville, TN
Ken Spiceland. Clarksville, TN
Richard Nelson, Cadiz, KY
Reed Welker, Hopkinsville, KY
Dianne Hildebrant, Murray, KY
We at Missionary Radio refer to ourselves as the E-team:
E-vangelize the lost
E-ducate the Bible student
E-dify the saint
E-ncourage the believer
E-xalt the Savior
My name is Kenneth Bates, I have been a christian for over 54 years and a member of the Original Church of God in Hopkinsville, KY. I am single and an only child.
My personal interest include all types of music from Christian to Country and Celtic.
I love music, poetry, theater and painting. I play attempt to play several instruments. I am a singer and musician, poet artist and painter.
I love Christian Radio specifically MIssionary Radio I am thankful and grateful to all those who have touched my life through its ministry. I started out at Missionary Radio with a lady by the name of Marie Quisenberry as her program tech and co-host in 1981......I have worked at several area radio stations. I have worked as On Air Personality, Gospel Radio Program Host, Public Affairs Director and Talk Show Host. I have received several area and national awards and recognition. One of my favorite quotes is: "You learn something new everyday"
I love the Bible from cover to cover ......I am walking in the FOG (favor of God) God is my everything.
First cracking the radio airwaves in 1988, I found himself quickly hooked to the thrill of reaching into a community via the medium of radio. Since then, I have been involved in a variety of radio formats and a variety of radio station sizes all across the country. Growing up with a wide church experience, I had to learn the difference between structured religion and God's desire to have a personal relationship with me, which I did. Never one to shy away from a handshake or a conversation, I thrive on any opportunity to love on people and to offer a helping hand. "Loving God and loving people" is my personal life motto that I try to live out daily. Gator is the morning host on Missionary Radio Monday-Saturday mornings!
I was born again in the spring of 1976. God saved me out of a life of drugs and alcohol. In those early years, Esther and I were part of a home fellowship. The Lord taught us so much about being a part of the Body of Christ. We have been involved with several churches and have had opportunities to work with interdenominational ministries.
The Lord brought me to Missionary Radio in Jan., 1996. I am so blessed to be a part of this ministry. I am now retired from the "Morning Show" however I am still at Missionary Radio some during the week. In addition, I serve as senior adult minister at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Hopkinsville. I also enjoy leading praise and worship, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.
Born: November 18, 1959, Morganfield, Kentucky
Became a Christian: In high school, after having attended church all my life
Education: Graduated from Union County High School, 1978.
Graduated from Murray State University, 1981, B.A. in Business Administration with Minor in Spanish.
Married: Ken Cummins, June 7, 1980
Children: Zack, Hannah, Andrew
Grandchildren: Will, Isabella, Savana, Nehemiah, Eleanor, Olive and Ruby Elise
Missionary: La Ceiba, Honduras, C.A., July 1992-Sept. 2000
Missionary Radio: May 2003-Present
Interests: I've loved reading since childhood, and enjoy sewing special garments, etc., especially for my grandkids, plus I like baking healthier snacks and desserts by substituting nutritious ingredients when possible. I serve as office manager and afternoon announcer Monday-Friday from 2-6, and Ken and I host the "Roll Home" from 5-6 weekday afternoons.
Favorite Music: Contemporary Christian-Many Artists
Born: 2-10-59 in Princeton, KY
Married Tammy Girten Cummins on June 7th, 1980. We have three grown children, Zack, Hannah and Andrew. We also have seven grandchildren, Will, Savana, Isabella, Nehemiah, Eleanor, Olive and Ruby Elise.
I enjoy a lot of things including raising AKC Beagles, ham radio (W4KDC), and most of all sharing the GOOD NEWS of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Education: Caldwell County High School Princeton, KY, 1977
Murray State University, B.A. in Radio/TV Journalism and Spanish
Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Murray State University
Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY
I am Ronny fuller and I was born in Kentucky and I am thankful for His mercy and grace. I have been married, since 1964, to Darlene. We raised three children and are now both retired. Now by God's grace I have been given the privilege of sharing God's love with the Missionary Radio family. We are so thankful for everything. Grace peace and love from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you.
Born: May 7, 1959 in Jersey Shore, PA (In North Central PA, on the shores of the Susquehanna River, and about 4 hours or more from the Atlantic Ocean)
Parents: Gardner & Bernice Barner, both of whom are now with the Lord...Very godly Christian folk, strong Christian heritage...I am the youngest of 5 children
Saved: In my early teens...I don't know the time or place, because I struggled for a long time with assurance of my salvation, but it all clicked when I started getting into the Word of God on a regular basis. I grew up in the Mountain View Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Jersey Shore
Education: Jersey Shore High School, graduated 1977...Toccoa Falls College, 1983...Major: Communication
Biggest Step of faith: Other than being saved, coming to Missionary Radio and Hopkinsville to work without ever having been here before, only having talked to Jim Adams on the phone. Everything I owned was either packed in a 1972 Mercury Comet or in one of those U-Haul bubbles on the roof.
Radio Experience: While at Toccoa Falls College, worked at WRAF for a year and a half or so...Began working at Missionary Radio on June 21, 1983...Was interviewed on the Old Dad & Duane Show (which became the Front Porch some time later) at 7 AM, and began an air shift at 10 AM...Have been an announcer here ever since, as well as music director starting around 1985 or so
Marriage: To Rachel Ezell (now Barner) on June 21, 1986
Church Involvement: Member of Second Baptist Church, Hopkinsville...Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, Praise Team, and occasional soloist
Born in 1952 in Clarksville, TN
Was quickened to faith at 11 years of age and became a Christian some time in my teens.
Graduated from Clarksville High School in 1970
Married Billie Gail Dowdy of Clarksville in June of 1970. We have four children and 11 grandchildren - 10 of whom we could not deny based on DNA evidence.
Came to Missionary Radio as a part time announcer and engineer in August of 1981 working the first Saturday evening on Missionary Radio was on past 6:00PM. Went full time as engineer in March of 1982.
Outside interests include amateur radio, playing music with Roy Cavender at local nursing home facilities and pondering and writing about matters related to the decline of our culture and the coming persecution of Christians in the USA.
We attend Emmanuel Bible Church in Cadiz, KY.
Born in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Graduated from Clarksville High School. Go Wildcats!
Married Don Griffey in 1970 at First United Methodist Church, Clarksville.
Became a Christian in early 70s.
We have 4 children: Gary, Cindy, Timothy and Stephanie, and 11 grandchildren.
We moved to Hopkinsville in 1982 when Don began working for Missionary Radio.
I have been at Missionary Radio since 1983 as either part-time or full-time announcer. I am also the bookkeeper for Pennyrile Christian Community, Inc., the ministry that started Missionary Radio and The Shepherd's Shops, both in Hopkinsville and in Cadiz.
My spare time is spent reading, sewing and helping take care of grandbabies. We attend Emmanuel Bible Church in Cadiz, Kentucky.
Favorite Bible verse Romans 8:28: " And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." ESV.
Missionary Radio has ministered to us in so many ways over the years and we are privileged to be a part of this important ministry.
I'm Phil Brand. I was born and raised in Chicago, saved before my senior year in high school and graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in 1986 in the Centennial class. Upon graduation, I came to Missionary Radio to work the dark-n-early shift in March of 1987. I worked here until February of 2000. I've done a number of things since then, but currently, I serve my 520 customers as a mailman in Hopkinsville by day. I am blessed to have the opportunity to come back and help share the good news of Jesus Christ here at Missionary Radio.
I have a number of interests including remodeling old houses, following my favorite Chicago sports teams, Australian Rules Football and creating online radio shows featuring classic Christian music.