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 several years ago and I am still learning.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Hall was born to Rex and Ida Hall, August 11, 1959. Born in Fostoria, OH and raised in Tiffin, OH, his parents divorced when Jeff was 7 and his father became distant and rarely around. His mother remarried when Jeff was 11 bringing Gerald Bowers into the family and he became the man Jeff would call dad. He was raised by a neighboring farm family (Robert Theis) and attended Tiffin Columbian High School graduating in 1977.
Jeff had signed up for the U.S. Army in December of 1976, on the delayed entry program, departing for basic training 3 days after graduating high school. While in Germany in 1978 a Chaplin approached Jeff and asked him if he knew about Heaven and Hell and if he wanted to live in Heaven. Jeff said a few words and asked the Chaplain to go get a beer with him to celebrate. Not knowing what he had done, Jeff continued to live his life from a worldly view point and did not honor the blessing he had received earlier with the Chaplain.
Jeff spent 3 years active duty with the Army returning to Tiffin and joining the Army Reserve, retiring on orders as a Command Sergeants Major in April of 1995. While serving in the reserves Jeff would meet his future wife Cassandra (Cassie) Park at a credit union for the Armed Services in Toledo, OH. They were married October 1986 and have 4 children. In 1998 Jeffís stepbrother David Bowers became an Ordained Minister and called all family members to share the Gospel. After a quick conversation, Jeff accepted the LORD again continuing on the same path of worldliness.
In addition to serving in the military, Jeff was also building a trucking company. In 1998 he befriended a local store owner who approached Jeff on February 25th 2000 and shared with him that their church had been praying for him and that their pastor wanted to meet Jeff and his wife. They went to visit with the pastor and shared with him that Jeff had accepted the LORD twice but not making any sense of it. On that day Jeff and Cassie both gave their life to Christ. 10 days later their bank called calling their loans of nearly 10 million dollars. At that time they made a decision to stick close to the LORD and not follow worldly guidance. In 4 months their business was over, and the LORD figured out how to pay all the secured creditors and had Jeff back in trucking all over again, running the business the way the LORD wanted it to be run without Jeff having to file bankruptcy.
Jeff and Cassie have committed their business to the LORD, making mistakes every day and trying to earn the favor of the Father by correcting them as quickly as possible. They attend Findlayís Evangelical Free Church with their children and support the community whenever they can.
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!"
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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