Dan Kayser was born in 1944, in Zanesville, Ohio. He attended his first year of grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in East Lynn, Missouri. Dan grew up in a Christian home and attended the Lutheran Church.
He attended school in Willard, Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1962. Twelve days after his graduation he took tests to enlist in the Navy, intending to join the Navy U.D.T. (Underwater Demolition Team) which was the precursor of today's Seals.
On the way home his best friend and Dan were involved in a one-car freak accident which left him totally paralyzed. This accident was destined to change his life forever. He was rushed to a major hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. The neurosurgical team saved his life, but told his parents that he would be a living vegetable and confined to a bed for the rest of his life. Although always a Christian, it was during this period that Dan rededicated his life to the Lord.
For the next seventeen years his parents helped him exercise and strengthen his body. He studied Amateur Radio and received his FCC license in 1975. He enjoyed this international medium of communications and it was this hobby that helped him strengthen his lungs, voice and speaking ability. In 1977 he put hand controls on his parent's car and learned to drive once again. In 1979 he received his first van, which gave him new-found freedom. He joined Olde Worlde, Inc. (a multi-million dollar international corporation) as a field representative and developed one of the fastest growing sales forces in north-central Ohio.
In 1984, he joined WYAN Christian Radio in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He worked as a DJ and developed his own program called, "KNOW YOUR BIBLE." When the station went off the air, he accepted a position with Betty Jane Industries in Tiffin, Ohio, representing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Litter Prevention & Recycling in Seneca County.
On March 17, 1989, he married the former Linda Patton and they made their home in Carey, Ohio. During their marriage, Dan and Linda had many mountain-top and valley experiences. Dan came within hours of losing his life to a gangrene-filled gall bladder in 1990. Dan and Linda were deeply involved in coordinating efforts to put Christian Radio back on the air in Wyandot County. They both were invited to Washington, DC, where Dan was asked to speak before 4,000 people attending the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in January of 1992. Dan and Dr. Charles Stanley actually filled in for President Bush, who had a conflict in his schedule and couldn't make his scheduled address at the Tuesday morning Presidential breakfast.
It was during this period that Linda was developing a slight cough. That cough turned into a far more serious condition than either of them could have imagined. Linda was rushed to the hospital April 8, 1992. Two days later, she was diagnosed as having a very rare form of lung cancer. After seven weeks of progressing illness, she died on June 3, 1992, while Dan was holding her hand. This time period was the deepest valley and saddest point of Dan's life.
Since Dan and Linda were co-founders of WXML, Dan felt it was more important than ever that he should devote all of his energy and time to make sure that their mutual dream and vision of the Christian Radio Station would become a reality. So Dan and the Officers and members of the Board of Directors worked even harder in the fulfillment of their vision. After many setbacks and hurdles, WXML went on the air December 26, 1992.
Miracle after miracle happened as God began blessing the efforts of all those who were working to put this radio ministry on-the-air. One of the biggest blessings to Dan was when the Lord brought the former Susan Mayer from Paulding, Ohio, into his life. Having been friends for several years, it was evident from the very beginning that God was doing something very beautiful for Dan and Susan. They became engaged during the Christmas holidays of 1993, and were married on July 30, 1994. They now reside in Findlay, Ohio.
Dan devotes all of his energies in fulfilling the dream that God gave him many years ago to promote and further Christian Radio in Northwest Central Ohio. One man's dream has now blossomed into a ministry which is touching thousands of lives.
I was born in 1933 to a share crop farmer and his wife. The youngest of six children, things were not easy, but we had a close relationship. I quit school in tenth grade, went back later and finished it by GED. I got married at 18 years of age, and went into the Army at 19 years, started drinking heavy in there. I became the father of three sons.
I wrecked that marriage, and a motorcycle. God was trying to get my attention. I healed from that, but God had not given up. I had a head on collision, I was driving a Chevy Pick-up and an automobile hit me. God took me up to heaven and showed me what he had to offer if I would turn my life around. The beauty there has never been seen, nor told.
Four weeks later I was discharged from the hospital. I married wife number 2. She was Satanís Daughter. I had an alcohol problem. It took a 12 pack to a case of beer a day to keep me going. September 15, 1979 at 3:30 P.M. I said this is enough. I am not going to drink anymore nor will I buy any for anyone else.
I divorced that wife two years later. I decided I didnít need a wife at my age. I went to church at Diamond Hill Cathedral in Mansfield to see if the Preacher was the same man I knew in 1955. That was 18 years ago because that was where I met my third wife. I got involved with a Christian radio station.
I am now Vice President and a DJ on Saturday mornings. Talking to the truck drivers on the highways 23 and 30. Chaplain John Mitchell made himself known. Through him I got interested in the chapel ministry. That was two years ago and I am still learning.
I was born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia. My wife, Miriam, and I have been married for 26 years and have one son, Roger, and 30 nephews and nieces, of which several have been an important part of our personal family life.
For the past 30 years, I have owned and operated a Miracle Ear franchise that covers five counties. We have offices in Mansfield, Lorain, Elyria and Sandusky. Three of these offices are in Sears stores.
I received Jesus Christ in my heart at the age of 16 years at the Italian Christian Church of North America in Clarksburg, West Virginia. My first pastor, R.L. Corsini is still living today at the age of 93.
During my four years in the Air Force, I served an an Engine Specialist. I also traveled for the Air Force baseball team while stationed in Oklahoma and Virginia. At that time, I had drifted away from the Lord and compromised my life and walk with the Lord. I rededicated my life to the Lord Jesus at the age of 31.
In 1975, I became involved with Full Gospel Businessmen and served as President of the Mansfield Chapter, as well as Field Representative for three chapters, for those 12 years. At a Full Gospel Businessman Banquet in 1977, I received the infilling of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. The gift of the Holy Spirit gave me a boldness and zeal that I never had in my life before (Acts 19). Because of a greater desire and this boldness, I have been able to witness to people and be a better example in my walk with Jesus.
I was approached by Dan Kayser to be on the Board of Directors for a radio station that did not exist at the time. Thatís faith in action, at its best! God gave Dan Kayser the vision; and Dan implemented it. God honors faith every time, especially when faith is mixed with action.
For the past two years, I have been involved with Promise Keepers, an organization which has seen 62,000 men of all races, colors and creeds coming together to worship and praise Jesus Christ our Saviour. Because of one manís vision, Coach McCartney, the former head football coach of the University of Colorado, we have seen growth from a few men meeting in Colorado in 1990, to 750,000 men in 1995, gathering in stadiums all across the United States of America. God is interested in our availability instead of our abilities. Revivals are happening in menís hearts to be better husbands, fathers and sons, to be more vocal in their communities about Jesus Christ; and to breakdown the denominational and racial walls. Like the scripture in Galatians 6:9 encouraging us to not give up, my word to you is ":Donít Quit!"
Joe Emert has been actively involved in Christian broadcasting for nearly 40 years. At the age of 18 he started working in Christian radio at a radio station in Pennsylvania owned by his father, the late Rev. William Emert. He worked his way through college in the broadcasting division of his school and has remained in Christian radio ministry full-time. He has worked as Announcer, News Director, Program Director and later served as General Manager of three Christian stations, including the Moody Broadcasting station in Atlanta, WAFS (AM 920). Joe helped establish the Atlanta-based national daily radio and television ministry of Dr. Michael Youssef, "Leading The Way," where Joe served as Executive Director. He and his wife, Jenny, founded Life Radio Ministries in 1993 which has grown into a network of 3 Christian radio stations serving the Atlanta and Macon Georgia areas. Joe continues to enjoy daily on-air interaction with listeners.
Joe also serves as a co-founder of the Papua New Guinea Christian Broadcasting Network and has assisted in the construction of 12 FM stations and a Shortwave station in that South Pacific country. (www.missionaryradio.info) Joe and Jenny (a McCutchenville girl!) were married in 1972 and have four sons, four Daughters-in-Law, and six grandchildren, with another on the way.
One of Joeís favorite Scriptures is Psalm 90:12, 16 & 17 - "So teach us to number our days, That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom."..."Let Thy work appear to Thy servants, And Thy majesty to their children. And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And do confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm (give permanence to) the work of our hands."
Doug Doran is our ďsouthern gentlemanĒ from Barnesville Georgia. Doug graduated from Georgia State University in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Education. While in College, he began to work in the broadcasting industry and maintained that interest throughout the years. His extensive work experience with Delta Air Lines and Walk Thru The Bible Ministries, in addition to his volunteer work at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley and the Atlanta Passion Play have prepared him well for his responsibilities in the areas of Christian media. He served as General Manager of radio station WMVV in Griffin, Georgia, where he continues as a member of the board, serving as Vice-President. He now serves as Operations Manager for Atlanta Soundworks in Fayetteville, GA. Doug looks for any ďexcuseĒ to fly his airplane and has logged many hours in the air as a certified skydiver, with nearly 1,000 dives! Doug and his wife Susan have been married over 25 years and have one son. They make their home in Barnesville, GA.
A Personal Goal: To take my son on a Flying/Fishing trip to Alaska.
A Favorite Scripture: 1 John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ. His Son, cleanseth us from all sin."
Jenny Emert has acquired over 30 years of radio related experience as the wife of a "radio man", and co-founder of 3 radio stations. Dedication to her family as a wife, mother of four sons, and now Mother-in-Law and Grandmother, has dominated her calling . Many young mothers look to Jenny as a quiet model of a Christian wife and mother. Her additional experience as a secretary to a college President and Assistant College Dean of Women, along with organizing a busy household have helped to equip Jenny as she provides daily assistance in the business office. Jenny and Joe enjoy any time they can have with their 5 grandchildren!
A Favorite Scripture of Jennyís is Psalm 103: 17 & 18 - "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them."
My name is Susan Kayser. I am the wife of General Manager, Dan Kayser. I was blessed by growing up in a Christian home with wonderful, godly parents, and came to know the Lord at a very early age. I was baptized at age nine and have been walking with the Lord ever since.
Also at an early age, I developed a love for music and started taking piano lessons when I was six. In junior high school, I added organ lessons as well. I started playing regularly at church when I was twelve and then in high school I started playing organ at numerous churches, sometimes as a substitute, but often for longer periods as well. I knew that music was what I wanted to do with my life, so after graduation, I attended Butler University in Indianapolis, where I majored in music and received a music degree. Over the years, I have served as church organist, pianist, and bell choir director. The Lord has kept me so busy in this venture that for a brief period of time, I was playing simultaneously for two churches, located across the street from each other. I would start the service at one church, then during that sermon, I would literally run across the street and start the service at the second church. Then during that sermon, I would run back and finish up the service at the first church. It was a bit stressful for me and for the respective pastors, but we made it work for a while, as necessary. Playing for the Lord has been my passion and I have been a piano teacher and professional pianist for my entire adult life, playing for musical productions, conferences, recitals and weddings in the tri-state area.
The Lord has blessed me so much! He has given me two beautiful daughters who, along with my grandchildren, are among the greatest joys of my life. I got to be a stay-at-home-mom during my childrenís early years and Iíve been very grateful to God for that opportunity. As my girls got older, I went to work for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which is where I met my husband, Dan. We ran programs in our respective counties and became friends over the years. It was in those days when I first met Dan that he was putting WXML on the air and looking for funding. Although I knew very little about the radio ministry, I solicited contributions for WXML from some friends - long before the station ever went on the air. Little did I know back then that I would someday become Danís wife and become personally involved with this radio ministry.
In 1991 I began a 20-year-long career in working with people with disabilities, which has become another passion of mine. I am currently employed at Blanchard Valley Center in Findlay, where I work with adults who have physical and mental disabilities.
I look forward to continuing my work with NewVision.FM as this ministry encourages people in their faith and changes lives on a daily basis.
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