History

The radio broadcast Voice of the Church  was initiated by the evangelism committee of the Canadian Reformed Church in Surrey, B.C. Its first message was aired on May 4, 1968 on radio station KARI-AM in Blaine, Washington, USA.

Since 1979 Voice of the Church has been recorded and produced in Burlington, ON, Canada. This media outreach program is currently produced on behalf of 36 supporting Canadian Reformed Churches. As of January 2018, five radio stations carry our weekly broadcast on the air, as well as streaming them on the internet. Additional information can be found elsewhere on this website or in the latest copy of the Yearbook of the Canadian and American Reformed churches or at www.canrc.org

In 2002 our website www.voiceofthechurch.org first began to make the weekly messages available as MP3 audio files for listening (streaming) and/or downloading. In 2015 we also started adding PDF versions of our meditations for reading and/or downloading.

Executive

The Voice of the Church executive meets 4-6 times per year to ensure that meditations have been prepared and that the production of the weekly broadcast continues uninterruptedly. The executive presently consists of the following members: chairman Bill VanHuisstede; treasurer Tyler Breukelman; audio producer Harpert VanderWel, Dianthe VanWeerden and John Medemblik. The sponsoring churches are kept informed of our activities by means of regular newsletters.

Production

The meditations are received from the participating ministers and prepared for broadcast at our Burlington studio. They form the main content of the 15-minute program which is presently broadcast/streamed on five radio stations. The titles of our weekly broadcasts are uploaded to www.sermonaudio.com/votc as well as to our own website, www.voiceofthechurch.org and announced in various church bulletins.

Authors

In addition to ministers of the churches that we are affiliated with, third and fourth-year students at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (CRTS) are regularly invited to participate in the preparation of Voice of the Church meditations. Ministers of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) are also contributing to our program.

Statistics

You’ll also find us  on the internet at www.sermonaudio.com/votc. This webpage contains MP3 audio files and PDF copies of the meditations we have broadcast. These files can be read (PDF) or streamed (MP3) and/or downloaded. Here is some statistical information from them;

Statistics from this website on October 22, 2019:
212,493 total sermon page views (hits) have been logged
  50,817 meditations have been downloaded/streamed
 44,905 visitors have visited our VOTC home page
   9,643 mp3 meditations were downloaded to a mobile device
       736 mp3 meditations have been uploaded to this site
       222 pdf meditations were uploaded to this site
      903 pdf meditations viewed/downloaded from this site


January 2019 (Raymond Sikkema) 206
February 2019
(Richard Wynia) 90
March 2019
(James Zekveld)
April 2019 (Winston Bosch, Ian Wildeboer)
May 2019 (Daniel Ventura)
June 2019 (Dick Wynia)
July 2019 (Greg Bylsma) 200+
August 2019 (Greg Bylsma)
September 2019 (William den Hollander)
October 2019 (Chris Bosch)
November 2019 (William den Hollander)
December 2019 (Daniel Ventura)

Conclusion

As these statistics show, we may humbly conclude that Voice of the Church definitely has an audience, and during the last 40 years of its existence, it has been allowed to sow the seed of the Gospel. Please remember this important work of evangelism in your prayers so that this seed may fall in rich soil and bear much fruit. To God be all glory!