History: Voice of the Church was established 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, WA, 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 34 supporting Canadian Reformed Churches and as of January 2018 it continues to be broadcast and streamed by five radio stations.
Executive: The Voice of the Church executive meets 2-4 times per year to ensure that the production of the weekly broadcast continues uninterruptedly. Presently the executive consists of the following members: chairman Bill VanHuisstede; treasurer Tyler Breukelman; Dianthé vanWeerden; audio/video producer Harpert VanderWel. Publication of our newsletters keep the listeners informed of our activities.
Authors: In addition to ministers of the local Reformed churches, students at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary have also participated in the preparation of the meditations, as part of their academic training program.
Audio Production (Meditations): Meditations are received from the participating ministers in the CanRC and the URC and prepared for broadcast in our Burlington studio. They form the main content of the 15-minute programs presently broadcast/streamed on five radio stations. Titles of these broadcasts are published regularly in church bulletins and uploaded to our home page: https://voiceofthechurch.org/home
Video Production (Podcasts): Three sets of video productions are at https://voiceofthechurch.org/teachingseries
1. A set of 12 video podcasts on various topics (Dr. B. deJong, Dr. C. vanDam, J. Wellum, B. Dijkema)
2. A collection of 12 sermons on Ecclesiastes (Pastor Ian Wildeboer at Mercy Christian Church)
3. A series of 11 lectures on the 10 Commandments (Dr. C. vanDam, emeritus O.T. professor at C.R.T.S.)
Most of our video productions are professionally recorded in SD and/or HD formats. Participants include some local ministers, as well as other Christian professionals who are experts in their respective fields. A variety of topics are dealt with and from the number of downloads we conclude there continues to be a positive interest in these discussions.
Internet: You’ll find us at these links:
- Website = https://voiceofthechurch.org/home
- YouTube = https://youtube.com/channel/UChqOLPxbvJ1Ozdtjh9fe3ww/videos
- SermonAudio = https://sermonaudio.com/votc
- Instagram = http://instagram.com/p/BrqzECjh4AG
- Facebook = https://m.facebook.com/votc.media
Statistics from the SermonAudio.com website as of April 1, 2022:
233,969 total sermon page views have been logged
66,456 meditations have been downloaded
50,911 have visited our home page
13,691 meditations (mp3) were downloaded to a mobile device
35 video podcasts (mp4) have been uploaded
565 video podcasts (mp4) have been downloaded
908 meditations (mp3) have been uploaded
248 meditations (pdf) were uploaded
1232 meditations (pdf) were viewed/downloaded
16 video sermons (mp4) were uploaded
16 countries reached
Conclusion: These statistics show that Voice of the Church continues to have a faithful audience and that, during the last 44 years of its existence, it has been allowed to sow the seed of the Gospel. We are grateful for the list of churches and donors that support this work financially. 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 praise and glory!