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Although the Adventist Media Center did not become a nonprofit corporation until 1972, there were some rather significant historical events that occurred many years before that eventually led to the need for a place to house the various ministries involved with media production. We believe that God’s men and women were inspired to pioneer an evangelical ministry in the areas of radio, television, film, and now the internet – sometimes way before any one else had even thought about doing evangelism with that particular media. As we are so often reminded,
 
In reviewing our past history,
having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing,
I can say, Praise God! As I see what the Lord has wrought,
I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader.
We have nothing to fear for the future,
except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us,
and His teaching in our past history.
-Ellen White, Life Sketches, page 196
 
The following events demonstrate to us that God has led in our past history and will continue to do so until the Greatest Media Event in history will take place in the clouds and sounds of the Second Coming of Jesus someday very soon:

 

1929   On October 19, H.M.S. Richards began his radio ministry called “Family Ministry” with other Adventist ministers on KNX in Los Angeles.
   
  1937      First broadcast of the Voice of Prophecy radio program and the second religious program on the radio
   
  1942      On January 4, the Voice of Prophecy radio program became the first religious coast-to-coast broadcast on 89 stations of the Mutual Broadcasting Network
   
  1942      In February, the Voice of Prophecy launched the first national Adventist Bible Correspondence School
   

 

1942      Dr. Braulio Pérez Marcio started La Voz de La Esperanza (The Voice of Hope in Spanish) 
   

 

1950      On May 21, William Fagal started broadcasting the Faith for Today television program in New York.
   
  1950      In December, the Faith for Today became the first national religious telecast.
   

 

1956      In the spring, George Vandeman launched, It Is Written, in Fresno, California, to 13 stations. It was the first Seventh-day Adventist religious television program in color.
   

 

1969   H.M.S. Richards, Jr. was now the Speaker/Director of the Voice of Prophecy.
   
  1972   General Conference established the Seventh-day Adventist Radio, Television and Film Center, a nonprofit corporation, in Newbury Park, CA. The first president of the center was Alvin Munson. It is Written and Faith for Today moved to the Adventist Media Center this year also.
   

 

1974      While serving as the Director of Public Affairs during 1973 at KHOF in Glendale, California, in 1973, Walter Arties developed the Breath of Life telecast.
   

 

1975      In January, Milton Peverini Garcia became Speaker/Director of La Voz de la Esperanza. He is now the speaker emeritus.
   

 

1975      Faith for Today developed Westbrook Hospital, a weekly dramatic series.
   

 

1975    With Walter Arties as the director, the Breath of Life joined the media center with C. D. Brooks as the speaker.
   

 

1975   Faith for Today created a one hour dramatic film on John Hus.
   
  1978      The Voice of Prophecy moved to the Media Center, located in Newbury Park.
   

 

1980      Dan Matthews was the Speaker/Director for Faith for Today, and started the Lifestyle Magazine program.
   
  1990 Glen Aufderhar becomes President of the Adventist Media Center
   

 

1991      Mark Finley became the Speaker/Director for It is Writtten.
   

1993   January 1, Lonnie Melashenko took over as the Speaker/Director of the Voice of Prophecy.
   
  1993   The name of the media complex was changed to Adventist Media Center.
   
  1995   It is Written launched Net’95, the first satellite evangelistic series.
   

 

1995   The property in Newbury Park was sold and the media center was moved to its present location in Simi Valley, California
   
  1996   The Adventist Media Center was transferred from the General Conference to the North American Division.
   

 

1997   Marshall Chase, became the Manager of the Adventist Media Center.
   

 

1998      Walter Pearson became the Speaker/Director for Breath of Life. He continues in this position.
   

 

1998      Frank Gonzalez became, and continues to be, the Speaker/Director for La Voz de la Esperanza.
   

 

1999      Dwight Nelson became the host of The Evidence for Faith for Today.
   
  1999   Acts2000 by It is Written became the satellite evangelistic series to go around the world.
   

 

2004      LifeTalk Radio joins the Adventist Media Center. Steven Gallimore is now the Director.
   
  2004      In February, the Adventist Media Productions became fully operational with 22,000 square feet of studio space, two television studios, four audio studios, and six video editing suites. Studio A has more than 6,000 square feet, a ceiling two stories high, and a cyclorama (backdrop) that is one of the largest on the West Coast. It can accommodate a studio audience. Warren Judd is the Manager as well as a NAD Assistant Vice-President.
   

 

 2004      Mike Tucker becomes the Speaker/Director for Faith for Today.
   

 

 2005      The Speaker/Director for It is Written is Shawn Boonstra
   

 

 2007   The Adventist Channel is launched online by the Adventist Media Center.
   
 2009  The Speaker/Director for Voice of Prophecy is Fred Kinsey.
   
 
 
 2009  The Voice of Prophecy Radio Team now consists of the "Daily Voice" of Fred Kinsey and Elizabeth Talbot, and the "Weekend Voice" of Fred Kinsey and Connie Vandeman Jeffery.
   
  2010  Warren Judd becomes the Manager of the Adventist Media Center.
   
2010 Dr. Carlton P. Byrd assumes the role of Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life ministry.
   
2011  Pastor John Bradshaw becomes the fourth speaker/director of It Is Written ministry.
   
2013  Pastor Shawn Boonstra becomes Speaker/Director of the Voice of Prophecy ministry.
   
2013  Pastor Omar Grieve becomes Speaker/Director of La Voz de la Esperanza ministry.
   
2013  Pastor Elizabeth Talbot becomes Speaker/Director of the Jesus 101 Biblical Institute ministry.
   
   
 

 

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