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Who We Are

WNKJ Christian Radio is the broadcast ministry of the Pennyrile Christian Community WNKJwhich also has a ministry to area children under the direction of Joyce Adams.

WNKJ is entirely supported by listeners and other interested parties who want to see its ministry to the Hopkinsville, Ft. Campbell, Clarksville area continue. 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. Therefore WNKJ is solely dependent upon God and His supply of our needs through His people.

Our Staff

Ken Cummins
Tammy Cummins
Joe Barner
Roy Cavender
Don Griffey
Gail Griffey
Ronny Fuller
Kenneth Bates
Ken Cummins 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 five grandchildren, Will, Savana, Isabella, Nehemiah and Eleanor.

I was saved at seven years old at Calvary Baptist Church in Princeton, KY. I answered the call to preach in July 1977. I have served as a pastor, missionary, general manager of a Christian Radio Station in Bowling Green, KY, a career missionary to La Ceiba, Honduras from 1992 to 2000 and have worked in radio for over 38 years. I worked for WNKJ in the early 80's, while on furlough from the mission field in the 90's and now since September, 2000. I serve as the general manager for WNKJ/WNLJ and church planter to the Hispanic population in cooperation with the Christian County Baptist Association as well as bi-vocational pastor for New Palestine Baptist Church in Christian County. You can reach me at or or call the station.

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

Tammy Cummins Born: 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
Missionary: La Ceiba, Honduras, C.A., July 1992-Sept. 2000
WNKJ: 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 2-4.
Favorite Music: Contemporary Christian-Many Artists

Joe Barner 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 WNKJ 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 WNKJ 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

Roy Cavender 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 WNKJ in Jan., 1996. I am so blessed to be a part of this ministry, although 4:15 am comes mighty early...LOL. I also enjoy leading praise and worship, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.

Don Griffey 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 WNKJ as a part time announcer and engineer in August of 1981 working the first Saturday evening WNKJ 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.

Gail Griffey 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 WNKJ.

I have been at WNKJ since 1983 as either part-time or full-time announcer. I am also the bookkeeper for Pennyrile Christian Community, Inc., the ministry that started WNKJ 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.

WNKJ has ministered to us in so many ways over the years and we are privileged to be a part of this important ministry.

Ronny Fuller I Ronny fuller, predestined before time to live eternally with the Father. 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 the Pennyrile Christian Community Board has given me the privilege of sharing God's love with the radio family. We are so thankful for everything. Grace peace and love from the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost bless you.

Kenneth Bates 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 WNKJ and thankful and grateful to all those who have touched my life through its ministry. I started out at WNKJ 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.

I'm blessed to be in the family of WNKJ/WNLJ......thank you for letting me be a part of your family.