Shawn Boonstra to Lead Voice of Prophecy Ministry, Board Says
Former speaker/director of It Is Written takes the helm (Posted May 2, 2013)
hawn Boonstra, a veteran of Seventh-day Adventist media outreach, will be the new speaker/director of one of radio’s longest-running religious programs, The Voice of Prophecy, the flagship Adventist media outreach started in 1929.
“Shawn has clearly demonstrated that he has a heart for evangelism and for reaching those who need to hear the messages of Christ’s love and redemptive power,” Dan Jackson, president of the Voice of Prophecy Board and of the North American Division, said in a statement.
Boonstra, a pastor who currently is an associate ministerial director at the North American Division concentrating on evangelism, was from 2004 to 2011 speaker/director of It Is Written, the church’s pioneering television outreach. He had earlier spent six years at the Canadian It Is Written program, including five as speaker/director there. Earlier, he pastored a number of Adventist congregations in British Columbia.
Boonstra’s selection to head the Voice of Prophecy (VOP) ministry was voted April 30, 2013, by the organization’s board of directors, meeting in Simi Valley, California.
Boonstra has also authored more than 15 outreach-oriented books. He and his wife Jean, social media coordinator for Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, have two daughters.
Boonstra replaces pastor Fred Kinsey who served the Voice of Prophecy for five years. Pastor Kinsey was named VOP interim speaker/director after Lonnie Melashenko, then-speaker/director, accepted a call to the Kettering Health Network in Ohio in July 2008. Kinsey was named VOP speaker/director in 2009, while still serving as the assistant to the president for communication for the North American Division. In August 2010, Kinsey was asked to serve VOP full time.
Under Kinsey’s leadership, The Voice of Prophecy expanded the voices heard on the 15-minute daily and 30-minute weekly radio programs by Mike Tucker, Elizabeth Talbot, and Willa Sandmeyer. He also led the ministry to become involved with social media including the introduction of a VOP iPhone app.
“We are grateful for Fred’s ability to bring a diversity of programming to the Voice of Prophecy which allowed this ministry to continue to win souls for Christ,” said Jackson. “We also applaud his commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the role he played in communication ministry at the Division for many years,” he said.
-- Mark A. Kellner, News Editor, with reporting from the North American Division