Gospel Broadcasting Mission and The Christians Hour
Click to hear Walter Coble explain how GBM began
This was the Coble home in Garrett, Indiana. Click here for a better view.
The international ministry of Gospel Broadcasting Mission started in the year 1952, in Garrett, Indiana, the life-long home of Walter and Mainie Coble. The Coble's were not trained in ministry or in broadcasting, but were people of great faith and vision. When their foster son, Merwyn Greene, lost his life in France at the close of WWII, and could not become the missionary he wanted to be, they started GBM to replace his ministry. They determined that radio broadcasting was a great way to preach the gospel to the warring nations, so they raised funds and placed their first radio program in English on Radio Luxembourg. Today, as a result of their efforts, we now have broadcasts daily around the world in fifteen languages.
Click to enlarge. Ard Hoven was speaker on The Christians' Hour for 44 years.
Hugh Sensibaugh, Ard Hoven and Harold Hockley. Click to hear Harold Hockley with an encouraging word about radio. Hugh and Harold both served as announcers on the program.
The Christians' Hour Broadcast was started in 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, by a group of concerned men and women who believed in the need for a national Christian radio program to present "New Testament Christianity" on the air waves. While Ard Hoven was the voice of the program for 44 years, he had a large group of like-minded men and women who helped raise funds, answer letters and calls, and provide the talent necessary to produce and sustain a national broadcast. Following Dr. Hoven's death in 1987, Gospel Broadcasting Mission and The Christians' Hour joined together and offices were moved to Onalaska Wisconsin. We currently feature five speakers on the program: Rick Atchley, Aaron Brockett, Ben Cachiaras, Tim Harlow and Bob Russell.
GBM-TCH, P.O.Box 51, Onalaska, WI 54650 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org