Adventist Review Online | In St. Croix, Adventists Upgrade Radio Ministry With Station Acquisition

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New studios will reach 250,000 people across the surrounding Caribbean islands.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North Caribbean Conference (NCC), which oversees a cluster of islands in the British and United States Virgin Islands, recently announced the purchase of a radio station thanks to a partnership with Adventist World Radio. 

As the new owner of WGOD 97.9 FM, the church will launch an enhanced radio ministry soon, church leaders said.

“This acquisition could not have come at a more opportune time,” Desmond James, NCC president, said. “The church in the North Caribbean Conference is remodeling its media ministry to be more diverse, more inclusive, and more relevant as we give urgency to the proclamation of our message and the powerful fulfillment of our mission. It is a tremendous achievement for the church, and we are doing all we can, moving forward with the guidance of God.”

WGOD-FM, the radio station licensed in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was owned by the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) and Reynold Charles, a Seventh-day Adventist church member on the island. It features a mix of teaching programs and Christian music. The station will be heard on the airwaves and via the internet, church leaders said. According to Royston Philbert, NCC communication director, the radio station will continue to serve a population of approximately 250,000, including some 16,000 church members.

 

  • Part of the studio at the WGOD radio station in St. Thomas, recently purchased by the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North Caribbean Conference. [Photo: Royston Philbert, Northern Caribbean Conference]
  • Desmond F. James (right), president of the Adventist Church’s North Caribbean Conference, meets with Sam Gregory (center), resource engineer for Adventist World Radio, and Reynold Charles (left) in the recording studio of WGOD, discussing the acquisition of the station on December 13, 2019. [Photo: Royston Philbert, Northern Caribbean Conference]

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