Wayne Pederson was named HCJB Global’s new president, effective 1 November 2008. Pederson, formerly vice president of Moody Broadcasting, replaced David Johnson, who stepped down in June 2008, after serving for seven years. Dr. James D. Allen has been serving as acting president.
Pederson is the seventh person to serve as HCJB Global’s president. He has been a member of the board of directors of HCJB Global for 2 1/2 years and has worked with the ministry to raise money for key projects, including the launch of its satellite ministry in Latin America and Russia.
“The board is delighted that Wayne has accepted the call to become HCJB Global's president,” said John Baugus, chairman of the board for HCJB Global. “With his combination of godly character, seasoned leadership skills, and passion for HCJB Global and its mission, he is uniquely equipped to serve as our president.”
Glen Adams, the HCJB board member who headed the search team that selected Pederson, added, “Wayne has a great heart for missions….He is an exceptional leader with many years of experience in Christian broadcasting. Further, he brings a vision that will challenge all of us as we join together in the coming months and years to be the ‘voice and hands of Jesus.’”
“I have a passion to see people come to Jesus,” Pederson said. “My focus has been on using the media to accomplish that. However, as I grow older, God has sensitized my heart to the physical needs of people worldwide. By combining HCJB Global Voice with HCJB Global Hands, we can demonstrate the love of Christ in very practical ways. That kind of caring opens the door for us to share the great spiritual truth that God cares not only for people‘s eternal salvation, but for their welfare in this life.”
A native of Minnesota (USA), Pederson has a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a masters degree in theology from Free Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and his wife, Norma, live in Chicago and have two married children.
Prior to joining Moody Broadcasting as manager of the radio station WMBI, Pederson was executive director of Christian Music Broadcasters, president of the Mission America Coalition, and president and chairman of the National Religious Broadcasters. From 1967 to 2002, he held various positions at Northwestern College, rising to the level of executive vice president for radio.
For seventy-seven years, HCJB Global’s passion has been to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Using mass media, healthcare, and education, and working with partners around the world, HCJB Global has ministries in more than one hundred countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters, and healthcare providers.
(This article was edited from a HCJB Global news release.)