Media ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
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There are a number of media ministries associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These come in print, radio and television forms and reach countries all around the globe. The Adventist church has a long history of media-based communication, having grown out of the Millerite movement of the 1840s which heavily used the print media. Some of the media ministries are directly funded by the church, while others are self-supporting organizations that rely on donations.
All the main Adventist broadcast ministries have engaged in worldwide outreach via numerous crusades and rallies. Worldwide outreach is also conducted by Adventist World Radio mostly via shortwave radio transmissions, but also via AM, FM, satellite, Internet, and direct-to-home satellite radio transmissions. Broadcasting is currently done from 10 transmitter sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Many Adventist magazines are published around the world.
The Voice of Prophecy was founded in 1929 by H.M.S. Richards, Sr. on a single radio station in Los Angeles, but has since spread to stations throughout the nation and has recently begun television and video production. Richards' son, H.M.S. Richards, Jr., succeeded him in the late 1970s, and today is hosted by Pastor Shawn Boonstra.
Amazing Facts was founded in 1965 by Joe Crews in Baltimore, Maryland. Inspired by the success of the Voice of Prophecy, Crews' original objective was to reach out to both Christian and non-Christian listeners via daily 15-minute programs by opening with a catchy historic fact, and how it applies to the overall Biblical messages. Later, the program offered accompanying home Bible study courses, as well as books written by Crews himself. In 1987, Amazing Facts initiated a television ministry. In 1994, after Joe Crews' passing, Doug Batchelor assumed the position as Director/Speaker, and has held that position ever since. Today, Amazing Facts broadcasts mainly out of Sacramento, California.
Adventist World Radio was founded in 1971 and is the "radio mission arm" of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It utilizes AM, FM, Shortwave, satellite, podcasting, and the Internet ... broadcasting in 77 major language groups of the world with a potential coverage of 80% of the world's population. AWR's headquarters is in Silver Spring, Maryland with studios throughout the world. A large portion of the ministries income is derived from membership gifts.
3ABN Radio was founded in 2000. A Radio Network has programming similar to television. 3ABN Radio broadcasts programming from 3ABN Television to listeners at home, work, car, mobile devices and the Internet. Also based in West Frankfort, Illinois.
3ABN Latino Radio was founded in 2012. A Spanish-language Radio Network has programming similar to television. 3ABN Latino Radio broadcasts Spanish-language programming from 3ABN Latino Television to Spanish-speaking listeners at home, work, car, mobile devices and the Internet. Also based in West Frankfort, Illinois.
Adventist Radio Australia! started in October 2010 and lists all its radio stations on a database which allows for searches via postal codes. www.Adventist-Radio-Australia.org
Adventist News Network is the Official News Service of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church.
Faith For Today was launched in May, 1950, by William and Virginia Fagal and was fully sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since its inception, Faith For Today sought to reach out to the vast and diverse television audiences. By December, 1950, it became the first authentically national religious telecast in North America. Since the very first broadcast, Faith For Today offered viewers Bible lessons, books and other spiritual and personal growth materials. For nearly 20 years, Faith For Today's program format was similar to the popular variety shows of that era. Featuring music by the Faith For Today Quartet, discussions, special guests, short dramatic skits, and inspirational commentaries by William Fagal, the audience's interest was kept engaged while communicating the basics of Christianity. In 1972, Faith For Today moved its format to a weekly dramatic series called Westbrook Hospital. This drama in a hospital setting showed that Christian virtues such as honesty and love work in the real world. Currently, Faith For Today's programs include McDougall, M.D., The Evidence and Lifestyle Magazine. This ministry, led by Mike Tucker, is proud to celebrate its 60th year in broadcasting.
It Is Written was founded in 1956 by George Vandeman and was the first religious program to air in color, and the first to take advantage of satellite technology. Mark Finley succeeded Vandeman in 1992. He left the show in 2004 and was replaced by Shawn Boonstra. Pastor John Bradshaw became the fourth speaker/director of the international It Is Written ministry on Jan 1, 2011
Breath of Life is one of the most recent Adventist broadcast ministries to hit the airwaves. Although its main audience is African American, the message is similar to the other broadcast ministries.
Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLBN) began in 1997 is based in Loma Linda, California, and features programming from the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists as well as original programming and other Seventh-day Adventist produced programming. LLBN can be viewed on every inhabited continent via satellite and the Internet. LLBN has also spawned two additional ethnic channels, LLBN Arabic and LLBN Chinese.
Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) began in 1984 and is based in West Frankfort, Illinois. It features Seventh-day Adventist produced programming of music, sermons, cooking, health, documentaries, and coverage of live events 3ABN can be watched via satellite, Internet, mobile devices and many pay-TV services on every inhabited continent.
3ABN Latino 3ABN Latino began in 2003 and is also based in West Frankfort, Illinois. It features Spanish and Portuguese Seventh-day Adventist produced programming of interviews, music, sermons, cooking, health, and coverage of Live events. 3ABN Latino can be watched via satellite and many pay-TV services throughout the Americas and Europe, and world-wide on the Internet and mobile devices.
SonBeam Channel began in 2009 and is also based in West Frankfort, Illinois, a network that is similar to Trinity Broadcasting Network's Smile of a Child. The SonBeam Channel features various children's programming 24/7 of music, cooking, health, nature, crafts, Bible stories, etc. The SonBeam Channel is currently available on the Internet, mobile devices, MOIPTV, Roku (www.moiptv.com) and MOPCWEB (www.mopcweb.com).
3ABN Russia 3ABN Russia began producing programs for broadcast in 1993 and is based in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. They produce Russian Seventh-day Adventist programming of interviews, music, sermons, cooking, health, etc. In December 2008 3ABN Russia launched its own 24/7 channel, and can be watched Internet, mobile devices, MOiPTV and Roku (www.moiptv.com).
Hope for Life is a half-hour television program from Cicero Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cicero, Indiana. Director/Speaker will be Pastor Vic Van Schaik with his Associate Speaker, Pastor Aaron Clark.
3ABN Proclaim! began in March 2010 is also based in West Frankfort, Illinois, a network that is similar to Trinity Broadcasting Network's The Church Channel. 3ABN Proclaim! features preaching and teaching programming 24/7.
Gospel Ministry International GMI’s largest ministry is through 3 television networks (several more in development). The Advenir Spanish Television Network (ASTN) reaches the entire Spanish speaking world through satellite and cable networks in many areas. The Adevir Portuguese Television Network (APTN) will soon reach the entire Portuguese speaking world, and the Caribbean Family Network (CFN) is rebuilding to reach the Caribbean in Caribbean English and French. A new network broadcasting in Romanian is currently in development. The beautiful Christian family programming provided by these networks includes kids programming, soothing nature scenes, music videos, cooking shows, historical programs, and Biblical preaching.
Amazing Discoveries TV Amazing Discoveries is a non-profit organization committed to exposing deceptions in the areas of science and creation, current world events, Bible Prophecy, the music world, health and nutrition.
LifeStyleTV was founded in 2005 and the ministry based in Horby, Sweden. LifeStyleTV’s vision is to provide relevant, meaningful and life-changing programing to Scandinavia 24×7. Our programs are lifestyle focused and Bible-based, seeking to bring life together, physically, mentally and spiritually, as a whole. We welcome you, and hope you will enjoy our wide variety of programs, including: health, cooking, exercise, seminars, music, nature, sermons, family issues, interviews, talk-shows, Bible-studies and more. You will find programs in English, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish. LifeStyleTV is available all over northern Europe free-to-air on the THOR 6 satellite, and throughout Scandinavia via Canal Digital’s satellite packages. All of our programs and resources are also freely available worldwide via the Internet, and now on your iPhone too! Enjoy!!
3ABN Australia is a media ministry, also a division of 3ABN, based in West Frankfort, Illinois. Their Australian headquarters is located in Morisset, New South Wales, Australia. They produced their Seventh-day Adventist Christ-centered programming to be shown on television and heard on radio, not only in Australia and New Zealand, but also around the world.
3AngelsTube is based in Pompano Beach, Florida. 3AngelsTube is a Seventh-day Adventist video sharing ministry that is similar to YouTube is for and by Seventh-day Adventists around the world. Seventh-day Adventists including their churches, ministries, organizations, etc. make Christ-centered SDA videos on Bible studies, documentaries, preaching, teaching, vegetarian cooking, health, nature, music, etc. to share with other Seventh-day Adventists worldwide that honors and glorifies God.
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Adventist Book Centers
- Historical dictionary of Seventh-Day Adventists By Gary Land, page 15
- See also Spectrum issue 8:4 (August 1977), which focuses on publishers
- Voice of Prophecy
- The Quiet Hour
- Amazing Facts
- Adventist World Radio
- 3ABN Radio
- Your Story Hour
- Tu Historia Preferida
- Hope Channel
- Hope Church Channel
- Faith for Today
- It Is Written
- Breath of Life
- 3ABN Latino
- 3ABN Russia
- The Carter Report
- Hope for Life
- Dare to Dream Network
- Esperanza TV
- 3ABN Australia, Inc.
- 3ABN Francais
- Adventist News Network