Dr. Runion was born on a mountain farm in Madison County, North Carolina. His childhood was that of a simple lifestyle in a rural mountain culture. The Runion family was influenced by a heritage of strong Christian values. The church was a very powerful influence in the growth and character of the entire family. At the age of 14, Dr. Runion was saved in a small mountain church after being under strong conviction for over two years.
After graduating from Charles D. Owen High School in Swannanoa, North Carolina he worked on secular jobs. At the age of 28, God called him to preach in July of 1970 after moving to Pensacola, Florida in 1968. He then attended the Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida for two years. In 1982, he received a Bachelors Degree of Theology from Trinity Baptist College in Knoxville, Tennessee and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from that same school. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Emmanuel Baptist University in Conover, North Carolina. In 2003, he received a honorary doctorate degree from Travelers University in Cairo, Egypt. In 1972 after moving his family back to North Carolina, Dr. Runion became Youth Minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, NC where Dr. Ralph Sexton, Sr. was the pastor. He was ordained on January 22, 1973 by the late Dr. Sexton.
On October 13, 1974, God led him to start Asheville Baptist Tabernacle in Asheville, North Carolina. This church became very influential in Western North Carolina along with a Christian School and Bible College ministry. In 1992, he helped to found Anchor Baptist Bible College in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina and served as its President until May of 1999. During those years the school graduated many that are now serving in missions or the Pastorate around the world. After traveling to Egypt on several mission trips the Lord led Bro. Runion to resign his pastorate of 21 years and go full time into a church planting ministry. He founded International Baptist Outreach Missions, Inc. in January, 1996, and since that time, with Dr. Runion as President the mission has either strengthened or started over 120 churches with national pastors in several countries of the world including Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Lebanon, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The mission is the owner and operator of WKJV, a 25,000 watt 24 hours a day Gospel radio station in Asheville, North Carolina. IBOM, Inc. is a ministry commissioned out of the Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, IL, where Dr. Keith Gomez is the pastor. IBOM, with the help of Providence Baptist College in Elgin, IL, has started a Bible college in Alexandria, Egypt, and Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines. The mission has also started Providence Baptist Bible Institute in Malaba, Kenya. All three of these schools are affiliated with PBC in Elgin, IL. Dr. Runion has also served with the Congressman of the 11th Congressional District as an advisor on church and religious matters since 1990. He also preaches many Revivals, Missions Conferences, Prophecy Conferences and King James Bible Conferences around the world.
Born October 25, 1987, in Asheville, I had the great opportunity of being raised in a Christian home and taken to church most all of my childhood. I was saved December 5, 1993 at the Georgetown Baptist Church in Leciester. By the time I was nine, I felt the call of God on my life to preach the Gospel. God blessed me and opened many doors as a very young preacher.
In 2003, I began working at WKJV as a weekend announcer and through the ministry here many more doors to preach were opened. In January of 2006 I was married to my wife. February of that same year I left WKJV and began a short lived career as a painter, working for a local paint company. It was a great experience and I was able to learn a little about that skill. In September standing in front of a house I was painting I received a call inviting me back to the radio station in a full time position. I immediatly excepted and returned to WKJV. Since I have been back, my wife and I have had two children, Aliyah and Haddon. I also have the honor of being the assistant manager of this ministry. God has been good, and we look forward to serving him everyday in this capacity.
Born and raised in Marion, NC, it had always been the dream of Ron Gaddy to be either a radio announcer or a TV anchorman. My, My... doesn't he have the face for radio. He was saved in 1972. Bro. Ron's dream came true when in 1986 he was hired for his very first professional radio job. WRAQ was the station and at the time, he began working part time. Over the years, Bro. Ron has worked for several radio stations and has even had experience in Christian TV operating cameras, setting up screens, etc.
In 1996, Ron Gaddy joined the broadcast team of WKJV AM 1380, where he was hired as the evening announcer. A few years later, seeing as Bro. Ron gets up early enough to wake the the chickens, he became the morning announcer at WKJV and since then he has enjoyed radio like never before. As a matter of fact, Bro. Ron eats, sleeps, and dreams radio! (What time he doesn't have a box of doughnuts beside the microphone, of course.)
"The Sunrise Show" comes alive with Ron Gaddy each weekday morning at 6:00 am. If it's not enough to have "Oscar the Rooster" or "Sammy the Seal" standing by his side, a pig by the name of "Wilbur" roots its way through the program. Bro. Ron was asked one day, "What is your main goal in radio?" He replied, "I want to get people laughing so hard in the morning that they spill their coffee on themselves while going out the door on their way to work." Ron's "Sunrise Show" program features the best in Gospel music and programming from 6:00 - 11:30 am. On any day you just might happen to walk into the studios of WKJV, take a few steps into the control room and find Ron playing the classic song "I Wanna Know" by Hovie Lister and The Statesmen Quartet while he has his mouth full with a doughnut and pork skins accompanied by a cup of coffee... What a combination, Ron and radio!!
Where do I begin to tell you about my testimony? Ok…let’s go way back to my childhood. I am the first born of four, to parents who are both musicians with Masters Degree’s in Music & Music Theory. My father was raised in a wonderful Christian home by good Christian parents who loved the Lord. My mother was raised as an Agnostic.
With parents who are musicians, naturally they always had side jobs playing the piano and organ for many churches, along with attending one of their own. It was during these years, when I was very young, that my parents turned away from church and the Lord and joined a “cult” called “The Baha’i’ Faith”. To say that I was confused would be an understatement! The only time we ever went to church after that was when we went to Alabama to visit my father’s parents. As I got older, there were many years when my siblings and I were raised by our paternal grandparents and it was at this time when I really began to understand about Jesus Christ. My grandpa & grandma had all four of us in church for every single preaching service and activity any time the doors were open for three years. Looking back…what a blessing!
When I was 18 years old I was blessed by the Lord to have been given Bob Wallace as my husband. It was when I became pregnant with our daughter Christina, that I truly began to reflect on all of the religious confusion I had experienced as a child and decided “I would not” do that to my children. So I began going to church with my mother-in-law, and during those months of pregnancy the Lord put me under such heavy conviction. I finally yielded to the Lord and asked for forgiveness for my sins and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior on the second Sunday after Easter in 1985 at Faith Baptist Church, in the Emma area. What a wondrous gift I was given by my sweet Lord! Forgiveness, Salvation, Peace and Contentment the likes of which I had never known before…and so much more!
I am so blessed to be, for 28 years now, the wife of Bob Wallace, and the twice blessed mother of Christina and Bobby Wallace, our two children. The Lord has taken such wondrous care of my family and I, blessed us all beyond words, kept us, carried us, loved us, forgiven and saved all four of us! For this and so much more I thank my Lord and Savior! For I know we are most unworthy.
I was born in Asheville, N.C. and have called it home for most of my life. My parents, Clyde and Nell Boggs, and my uncle John and aunt Marie Smith were always faithful in taking me to church and camp meetings. I was saved at age 14 in a Church of God in West Asheville.
Some of my fondest memories while growing up was my Dad taking me to baseball games at McCormick Field and eating at Kress and Woolworth soda fountains. Other childhood activities included playing basketball and collecting baseball cards. My last 2 years at Erwin High School gave me the opportunity to earn some money by driving a school bus. After graduation from high school, I started classes at UNCA. This effort was interrupted by a call to active duty in the US Army. I found myself on a plane headed for Vietnam after 4 months training at Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I praise the Lord for His protection during the war.
Getting married, furthering my education, and earning a living were on my mind after the Army duty. I majored in business and accounting and graduated from Appalachian State University. My previous work history includes work with a CPA firm for 10 years. I've been married for 39 years to my wife, Brenda. Now vacations are usually spent visiting our one son, Jason and his family in Florida. My wife and I are members of Gospel Baptist Church. I appreciate the emphasis there on missions and their support of this station. I feel the Lord is using my talent and past experiences here for IBOM.
As a little girl, I was a pastor’s daughter and our entire lives were focused on the Lord and church. I knew the bible stories and the songs we sang in church, and the way of salvation. It wasn’t until I was 8 years old that I really began to understand that when Jesus died on the cross it was for me and for my sins. It was a Sunday morning and the congregation was singing “Are You Washed In The Blood?”. When it came time to sing the chorus the song leader said for everyone who was washed in His blood to sing “ I am washed in the blood.” And it hit me, I wasn’t one of those Christians who had accepted the Lord personally. I didn’t go to the alter at that time but God definitely had my attention that day.
As the afternoon continued I was under conviction and knew that I needed to surrender myself to the Lord. As I laid down to take a nap that day, I was bawling my eyes out- God had my heart so burdened. I went to my dad and told him that I knew I needed to be saved. I knelt down there beside their bed and asked the Lord to forgive the wrong I had done; He came into my heart that day which was July 1st, 2001, and has been there ever since! My goal in life now is to serve God in my daily life as well as whatever plan and purpose He has for me in the future. After all the Lord has done for me, I know the least I can do is to serve Him with my life. I thank God for all the many blessings He has given me!
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