by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent
GENEVA, Alabama (BNc) — Gospel Broadcasting Network, a satellite television network of the churches of Christ will be celebrating their fifth anniversary on the air in November. GBN first aired at midnight, Thanksgiving, 2005.
GBN is striving to do what the Lord commanded in the Great Commission. They are streaming live 24 hours a day on the Internet. They have coverage via direct to home satellites and have been added to a growing number of cable networks around the country as a regular channel. Good News Today, one of the most recognizable programs on GBN, also airs in several commercial markets.
Under the oversight of the Highland Church of Christ elders, Dalton, Georgia, the management team consists of Barry Gilreath, Sr., Leroy Dedmon and Jim Dearman. Don Blackwell is the Director of Development.
GBN welcomes individuals and groups to tour the facility and see a television network in action. The GBN building is located west of I-75, Exit 353, in the Gateway Mall, Ringold, GA. Barry Gilreath, Sr., elder, Highland Church of Christ, is appreciative of the faithful support they have received the past five years. Knowing continued support is needed during these unstable economic times, Gilreath states 7,000 Christians giving $25 per month, would completely fund GBN’s budget for a year. He asks, “What is a soul worth? Surely a soul is worth $25 a month — a Coke a day!” Individual members of the church support this good work through donations. Fifth Sunday contributions are also encouraged.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.