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 (media) and John Medemblik (clerk). The supporting churches are kept informed of our activities via newsletters.
Production (Meditations): The meditations are received from the participating ministers in the CanRC and the URCNA and prepared for broadcast in 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 published in various church bulletins and uploaded to our website www.voiceofthechurch.org
Production (Podcasts): This effort started in 2019 and has been well received. To date we have produced 12 episodes and they are on our website at www.voiceofthechurch.org/podcasts. These 30 minute video productions are professionally recorded and produced locally. 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 may conclude that there is a positive interest in these discussions.
Authors: In addition to ministers of the churches that we are affiliated with, third and fourth-year students at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary have also participated in the preparation of Voice of the Church meditations, as part of their academic training program at CRTS.
Statistics: You’ll also find us on the internet at www.sermonaudio.com/votc. This web page 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 that site;
Statistics from this website on February 28, 2020:
219,931 total sermon page views (hits) have been logged
54,587 meditations have been downloaded/streamed
46,082 have visited our VOTC home page
11,667 mp3 meditations were downloaded to a mobile device
422 video podcasts have been downloaded
777 mp3 meditations have been uploaded to this site
222 pdf meditations were uploaded to this site
903 pdf meditations viewed/downloaded from this site
12 video podcasts have been uploaded
Conclusion: As these statistics continue to show, we may humbly conclude that Voice of the Church has a faithful 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 praise and glory!