He's Alive TV Recounts Influence of Christian TV

Like lighthouse rays shining through the mist, God’s Word and influence over the air waves bring hope and change. He’s Alive TV (KHBA) in Spokane, Wash., loves learning how God is using television to touch lives.

In 1975 Jay Williams and his wife, Sue, lived in the Spokane Valley, Wash. Jay was raised Episcopalian, and Sue had attended small-town churches before they were married. He thought, “If we ever join a church together, it will be Episcopalian.”

That changed one Sunday morning. Jay was flipping through the three channels to watch football. He noticed a kindly-faced man looking into the camera and talking about Jesus. It was George Vandeman. “He was using the Bible as a direct reference for truth,” says Jay. “I didn’t know anyone considered the Bible the Word of God. I needed to pause and listen.”

From then on, the Williamses had an insatiable desire for truth. They watched It Is Written each Sunday and requested Bible studies. After the fifth lesson by mail, a knock came at the door. Sue answered and told Jay, “It’s a pastor with the next Bible lesson."

Feeling betrayed, Jay went to the door to send the pastor away. But “the pastor had a godly aura about him,” Jay admits, “and I couldn’t be angry with him.” So Jay and Sue took Bible studies through the pastor for a year. They were baptized at the Spokane Valley Church.

“The Holy Spirit changed my life through TV ministry," says Jay.

George Vandemen is no longer on local channels, but the same influence continues. Last year Sarah Baum and Katherine Richardson were searching TV channels wanting something more. Amid hundreds of channels, they found He’s Alive TV, UHF 39.

Baum watched Dwight Nelson and Doug Batchelor and found answers to her questions about the Sabbath. Richardson was so depressed when she began watching He’s Alive TV, she wanted to shoot herself. But when she heard Batchelor speaking, she said, “He made me feel like I could have another chance at life.”

Both ladies had life-changing experiences through what they heard on TV. And even though they didn’t know each other, they both ended up getting to know Jeff Bentley, the Spokane Central Church outreach coordinator. Both women were baptized and now attend that church.

“I knew I was in the right spot where the Lord wanted me to be. And that’s a wonderful feeling,” says Baum.

Richardson adds, “Colin Dunbar and Doug Batchelor were great influences on me. There are lots of people who just need to hear the Word. He’s Alive is a blessing, a lifesaver and a life-changer.”

He’s Alive is compiling stories of change through Christian TV. If you have a story to share, contact He’s Alive Television at: khba@khbatv.com or call 509-622-4780. “Praying for our viewers has been our primary focus,” says Dave Wallace, He’s Alive TV vice president.

He’s Alive Television serves the Spokane area through UHF channels 39.1, 39.2, 39.3 and 39.4. It is also broadcast 39.1 on Roku, reaching a potential 10 million homes.

November 25, 2014 / Upper Columbia Conference