Are Canadian evangelicals paying for this?
The National Religious Broadcasters is an association of evangelical religious broadcasters in the US, formed in 1944 to, “…advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech.” The Association started a tv network in 2005 which reaches about 19 million homes in the United States.
Each year, the NRB trade show is held in Nashville. This year The Christian Post (founded by David Jang) is one of the premier sponsors along with Crossroads. The ad above is part of the NRB convention brochure.
Crossroads founder David Mainse, who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012, is being given the NRB Individual Achievement Award. I suspect the timing of the award was due to the gravity of his medical condition. Mainse was given about 2 years to live, and he recently said that he believed that he is being healed, “I believe the Lord is healing me, with the co-operation of the medical profession, from MDS acute leukaemia.”
It’s time for my personal testimony of healing! Just last week the cancer specialist, oncologist/hematologist, who had originally diagnosed my MDS acute leukemia said, “Remarkable” and “Jaw dropping!” My latest blood tests showed unusual improvement. One of the tests showed everything in the normal range! From what looked to me in the mirror like a rack of bones last August, I have gained 30 pounds and even my grandsons were impressed to feel grandpa’s muscle. “Remarkable” is the right word. Thanks everyone for your prayers!!! Also, as Isaiah prescribed a human remedy to Hezekiah’s illness (a “poultice” – 38:21), my Doctors (three different ones) prescribed oral medicines, healthy foods, as well as injections, etc. etc. I’m thankful for human knowledge and skill. A bone marrow test was just done at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, and I won’t have the report for several days yet. I believe that I may be like Hezekiah and have “15 more years.”
Crossroads Television System (CTS), the Canadian channel of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., is a member of the NRB.
Crossroads, a Canadian charity, has also had USA charity status since 1978, with the purpose, (according to its latest form 990) “To propagate by all means and avenues throughout the united states and the world the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and in particular through the purchase of television time.” It’s difficult to ascertain Crossroads current US financial status.
I doubt being a premier sponsor of the NRB convention comes cheap. There doesn’t appear to be much movement from the distribution end with Tricord media. The Crossroads push into the US makes for strange bedfellows.
Controversial former Kansas pastor Jerry Johnston, a host on the flagship program 100 Huntley Street and the Executive Director of Crossroads USA, openly brags about his friendship with members of the secretive Council for National Policy. Johnston tends to be a name-dropper, using his twitter account to post pics with all his ‘friends’; from US CEO’s to mega-church pastors and entertainers. He has a website not directly connected to his current Canadian employer. He had posted on twitter last summer that Crossroads would be bringing a show into a hundred US markets in the fall of 2013.
That doesn’t appear to have happened. With an American host on 100 Huntley Street and the hiring of an American CEO, Crossroads is signalling to its Canadian donors that it’s a mere matter of time before the focus shifts south. Most of the guests on the downsized flagship show, 100 Huntley Street are from the US, as is a lot of the programming on CTS.
Crossroads hasn’t been controversy free the past few years, with the finding by the Ontario Securities commission that Ron and Reynold Mainse were finders in a multi million dollar cross border ponzi scheme. Ron Mainse paid up and was re-instated to Crossroads, Reynold Mainse briefly lost his ordination, and despite this report from the OSC about being fully delinquent in paying substantial fines for his involvement with Axcess Automation/Axcess Funds, David Mainse noted that Reynold was again licensed as a minister in Ontario. He and the OSC have agreed on a long term payment schedule. Given what Mainse owes, it will be very long term. After being kicked off 100 Huntley Street, he started a photography company, and it appears he is working for Crossroads. David Mainse: “In the photo below, my son David Reynold, an ordained Minister and our professional photographer…” It was an odd statement to make, given that few Crossroads fans would care. Axcess Automation/Funds founder Gordon Driver, a former Crossroads employer, is scheduled to go on trial in the US today. A push into the US market could be lucrative, even though that market is saturated. The evangelical consumer appetite in the US is more ravenous than in Canada.
Prime Minister Steven Harpers recent trip to Israel got attention when it came to light that an unusual number of evangelicals went along for the ride. One was the chairman of the board of Crossroads, Don Simmonds.
There is no border in broadcasting, television is a rapidly changing medium and religious broadcasting in Canada even more so, but I wonder if aging Canadian Crossroads fans are paying for Crossroads expansion into the US market, and given what they’ve seen going on with Crossroads the past few years, would they want to?
Update: Crossroads announced it is launching a ’100 Huntley US show’, Eric Metaxas is one of the hosts, the other is tv actress April Hernandez. The show debuts March 9th.
Canadians following 100 Huntley on FB appeared to be decidedly underwhelmed at the opportunity to see the two US hosts at a free meet and greet at the Burlington studios. The audience was sparse. (:18)
The audience for the US taping was sparse. (:18)
Official site 100 Huntley Street US