George Bogle (Detroit preacher)
George Bogle (born April 25, 1934 in Flint, Michigan) is a minister and religious broadcaster in Detroit. Bogle is noteworthy for his broadcasting and social activism in Detroit. A longtime presence over the airwaves in Detroit, Pastor Bogle has had a daily television and/or radio show in southeastern Michigan since 1967.
Born during the Depression near Detroit to a religious family, Bogle struggled to earn a living for many years before taking over a small congregation his father had established. In 1955 he married; his wife Shirley plays a major role in all ministry activities. Throughout most of his life Bogle had to work to support his wife and four children, while also leading a church. This personal familiarity with the common struggles of economic survival in Detroit marked Bogle's purpose and ministry.
In 1967 Bogle and Shirley moved from the white Detroit suburb of Mt. Clemens to the city of Detroit and opened a departed black panther facility as a site for ministry. The Bogle family entered Detroit at time when white flight was escalating and the wounds of the 12th Street Riot were still fresh. Although, as a former suburban evangical minister Bogle establish a racially diverse congregation called the 'House of Prayer'. It included a dormitory, church, recreational facility and halfway house for Detroiters troubled by homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction plus those who were dedicated to serve God. Many small businesses were established to serve the public and ac as gainful employment for jobless church members and those with ministerical apprenticship assperations, -as indicated by the Establishment of the Evangel Leaderhip Training Institute. 'Evangel Ministries' was created later upon moving into a traditional church building on Detroit’s westside on 13660 Stansbury and Grand River Ave. Soon before, George and Shirley began 'The Evangel Prayer Time' radio ministry to serve the prayer needs of Christian and non-Christians in Detroit. Although an evangelical minister, Bogle’s unpretentious manner, accepting attitude and practical advice with believers and non-Christians attracted listeners to his show. His commitment to racial equality and support for the urban poor distinguishes him beyond the bounds of a traditional minister. Callers often present serious social, medical, family and economic problems, and Bogle's ultimate advice is generally prayer, counsel and scriptural insights. Additionally, the show is only supported through donations from listeners and at times thusly, but rarely can become concerned with fundraising. In 2004, George Bogle turned seventy years old and there was a public birthday party for him sponsored by Detroit civic leaders/.several schools and churches were also established under the evangel banner, amen.
Nightvision radio show
Bogle's current Nightvision radio ministry, a live prayer request show, was created way before he retired from Evangel Ministries, where he had been senior Pastor for thirty years. It is broadcast weeknights from midnight to 3AM on WMUZ 103.5 FM and simulcast on sister station WRDT 560 AM.
In the course of clarifying the prayer request, Bogle displays an unusual gracefulness, tact, patience and insight, but also expresses a conservative, traditional viewpoint. The show also includes a recorded sermon, that Bogle had preached in the past to a congregation. Most of these lectures are recorded recently as Bogle still preaches in morning services at Evangel Ministries.
Unusually candid and uncensored thoughts and opinions often make their way to air, realistic realism. Often a regular listener will be able to follow persons through life changing events as Bogle always encourages testimonies’. Even Bogle transparently reveals himself, offering personal stories and intimate details of his years in ministry.