Victory Baptist Church is expanding its ministry through the format of radio.
WVFV — Voice for Victory — is expected to hit the airwaves Monday afternoon and can be found at 95.9.
It is on the dial spot that has been occupied by WEZU for numerous years. The frequency and all the station’s equipment was gifted to the church on Bolling Road by George Campbell, the owner and operator of WEZU, said Victory Assistant Pastor Nathan Johnson.
In a letter announcing the new station, Victory Pastor Jeremy Kobernat said the station will feature conversative Christian music and programs 24 hours a day and seven days a week. “It is our desire to strengthen our community through the life-changing power of God’s word. On WVFV, you will hear inspirational, educational and practical programs for people of all ages.”
The church has been in existence for more than 30 years, Kobernat said in the letter announcing the station. “We truly love our community, and we are committed to doing everything we can to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We desire to strengthen families, marriages and individuals through the teaching of the word of God.”
Dan Bybee will serve as station manager. He is also an assistant pastor as well as a local law enforcement officer. “It’s a great opportunity for us. It’s an opportunity to have another outreach and connect with the community. Our goal is to reach the community.”
The church already has an active outreach program, using a fleet of busses to carry between 80 to 100 children to church each week and a shuttle service which takes adults. “It’s another avenue to reach out to the community. We believe the church is part of the community,” Bybee said.
A full listing of the church’s ministries can be found at the Victory Baptist website.
Johnson said Campbell called the church and said he was getting ready to leave the area and “extended the offer of giving the station to us. It’s humbling to us he wanted to entrust us with the station.”
Bybee said the process of getting the station in the church’s name started in July and the proposal received FCC approval in December.
Caleb Schnurr, an assistant pastor, will serve as production manager and has already lined up a wide range of programming, which will not only include conservative Christian music, but programs such as Revival Time, the Unshackled podcast which features testimonies, sermons of old-time ministers and American Family News.
In addition to local weather, the station will feature daily Bible readings, daily devotionals, and programs on family life.
The church’s services will also be broadcast and there are plans to do live broadcasts of those services.
Said Kobernat: “I’m excited about it. Our goal is to help everybody through the word of God, which has answers to every problem in life.”
Kobernat said of Bybee, Johnson, and Schnurr, “These guys are the brains. They’re doing a great job.”