our staff

The IBOM/WKJV/WKJW/WZGN Broadcast Family

dr. Richard smith

IBOM President
On Sunday morning, September 8, 1973 at Brownwood Baptist Church in Mableton, Ga, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.
I was not raised in a Christian home. I only remember two times in my childhood that we went to a Church service. As a rebellious teenager I was kicked out of high school five times in the twelfth grade. I quit three months before graduation.
I went deep into rock music and drugs. I well remember the night a Deputy Sheriff and my step dad were dragging me into the hospital on an overdose of drugs. They worked with me for over six hours. I almost died that night. It was by the Mercy of God that I lived to see another day. The Doctors put me on nerve pills for the next six months. I was having multiple flash backs and muscle spasms.
I was invited to come to church by a Godly Deacon. On September the 8th, I pulled up in front of the Church in a pea green 383 pistol grip Super Bee. I walked into the Church with platform shoes, bell bottom pants and a silk shirt. My hair was parted in the middle and touching my shoulders. I knew nothing about church or God. The Man of God preached and told me about the Lord Jesus Christ. I was under deep conviction of sin. I did not wait for the invitation to go forward. I jumped up out of the pew and ran to the altar asking the Lord to forgive me of my sins. I have been a Christian for almost 46 years. I have been preaching the Gospel for 45 years. The Lord has been good to me.

dr.Luther Spivey

IBOM Vice President / General Manager of WKJV/WKJW
I want to start off by saying, I am proud to be a born again Christian. I am proud to be an American and every time I have been overseas and come home, I get a really special feeling when the plane sets down in the USA, the Greatest Nation on Earth. I also thank God for Israel, let’s all pray for our Great Nation and that Little Nation called Israel.

I was born again September 24th , 1974 and surrendered “By the Grace of God” my call to preach November 15, 1975 and in January 1976 started pastoring . I enjoyed being a pastor and serving as a pastor for 25 years. In December 1999,  I surrendered to the Lord’s call to the Country of Mexico as a missionary and have started and planted 165 churches there for 20 years.

I make no apology to say I stand on the AV 1611 King James Bible. Our burden to win precious souls for our Saviour continues to increase. Please pray for The King’s Radio Network as we broadcast the Gospel of Our Precious Saviour. *I (we) really get to go.*In Christ,
Dr. Luther Spivey*Special Note: Dr. Spivey proudly served his country in the United States military August 2, 1968  - January 10, 1970.  In March of 1969, Dr. Luther Spivey received the Purple Heart award for his heroic stand for our country in Vietnam.
Dr. J. Wendell Runion
Founder of IBOM (Memoriam)
Dr. Runion began his foreign missions work while pastoring the same church for 21 years.  His burden grew from one country to several countries after seeing the great need and the people's response to the gospel.

His burden is to start as many churches as possible in his lifetime.  His philosophy is that if one goes and preaches one time and many get saved, that's wonderful, but if one plants a church which can preach to them again and again; that's even more wonderful.

On April 7, 2018 Dr. Runion was called home to glory.  He left behind his wife, Joyce, and their 3 daughters, Lynn, Angie, and Hannah.  He also left behind a legacy to be carried on by those connected to IBOM.
Vikkie Metcalf
Office / Traffic Manager
This is Vikkie Metcalf, I was born and raised in Buncombe County. My husband’s name is Marty, we have a daughter Maranda, her husband’s name is Nathan and we have a wonderful grandson, Hunter.

I was saved back in September of 1987 during a visitation from Preacher Runion and a couple of men from the church. My family is saved, and one day I’ll get to see family members that are already in Heaven!
Jay Michael Sumner
Afternoon / Weekend Announcer
Hello, I'm Jay Michael Sumner, born in Asheville, NC a long time ago.

After graduating from Lee Edwards High School, I studied voice and diction at UNCA and also graduated from Elkins School of Radio and Electronics in Atlanta, Ga.

At the age of 17, I attended a revival at Grassy Branch Baptist Church and invited Jesus to come into my heart and save me. My work experience includes WISE Radio, WWNC, WFGW/WMI, AT&T, and now The King's Radio Network, WKJV and WKJW. I am married to Audrie and we have 3 furry children - cats.

My interests include collecting music, bowling and studying the Bible. I am also a member of West Asheville Baptist Church.
Rev. Joel Burton
Morning Announcer
During a Sunday night service, while Preacher Jay Blankenship preached on hell, the Lord spoke to my heart, telling me I needed to be saved.   Since that time, I have experienced many mountain tops and struggled thru many valleys, yet the Lord never once failed to always be right by my side.  I know this to be true-the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us!  The Lord called me into ministry and I started pastoring in 1992.  

I am blessed with a wonderful family—godly parents and in-laws, a great wife, two amazing daughters, and six of the best grandkids any Poppy could ever have!  My coming to WKJV/WKJW is a great blessing.  I am humbly blessed to be involved in such an amazing ministry that broadcasts the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Jeremiah recorded these words of our Lord-“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”(Jeremiah 23:29 KJV).

God’s Word is powerful and sharp; “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)