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 300 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 1380 AM, a 25,000 watt 24 hours a day Gospel radio station in Asheville, North Carolina. Also owner and operator of WKJW 1010 AM Black Mountain, NC which is 47,000 watts of power. These 2 stations have a demographic of almost 1 million people. 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 College in Malaba, Kenya and Providence Baptist Bible Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. All four of these schools are affiliated with PBC in Elgin, IL. Dr. Runion served with the Congressman of the 11th Congressional District as an advisor on church and religious matters from 1990 to 2006. He also preaches many Revivals, Missions Conferences, Prophecy Conferences and King James Bible Conferences around the world.
Dr. Runion's immediate family has grown to include 16 members. He has his wife Joyce and 3 daughters Lynn Mitchell, Angela Page and Hannah Hensley. The daughters have a total of 7 children of whom 1 is married. All 3 of his and his wife's daughters are married to preachers and all are serving the Lord.
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 up 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!!
Vikkie was born in Buncombe County NC. She graduated from Charles D Owen High School in Swannanoa, NC in 1978. She married Marty Metcalf in July of 1982 and they have one daughter Maranda who lives in Asheville, NC.
Web Design by TWM Productions