Jon & Carla Bowlus
Greetings from the WXML Ministry. I, Jon, was born in 1958 and raised in Pemberville, a small town east of Bowling Green, Ohio, the youngest of four (two brothers and one sister).
My father was a family doctor on the east side of Toledo. We lived on a thirty-seven acre wooded farm where I raised horses and sheep. My mother passed away when I was seven months old. Because of my father’s practice, my brothers, sister and I lived with my aunt and uncle in London, Ohio. My father would visit every other weekend until 1969, when he moved us back to the farm. Dad met Marilyn, from Toledo, and they were soon married. As a result of this new union, they blessed us with two brothers and a sister.
In 1982, I met and married, Carla. We have been blessed with three beautiful children; Madelynn, born in 1983, Rebecca, in 1985, and Daniel, in 1987. They have very active lives with school, sports, and church activities. They have also accompanied me on mission trips to Mexico and to the migrant camps near Kansas City, Mo., where they were caught loving the Spanish children. I’m very proud of them!!
I thank the Lord for the staff and management at New Vision FM, WXML. As program director, it has been a honor for me to serve the Lord thru this ministry. I have also been blessed to have my wife, Carla, be such an important part of this ministry. She has volunteered many hours through helping me review music that is sent to the station, preparing food for the staff, crocheted a banner for the ministry and is in constant prayer, interceding for you and for the ministry. I want to leave you with this thought, as followers of Christ, we need to continue to uplift each other in prayer and share words of encouragement as we minister HOPE to those in our part of the world.
I was born in 1944 in a farming family of four children near Jenera, Ohio. Being next to eldest, my older brother passed down much of the work on the farm to me. I attended Arlington School for all 12 of my educational years. In 1953, while at Bible School in Jenera, Ohio, Mrs. Glada Jacobs took me to a Revival Service in Findlay and I gave my life to the Lord at the age of 9 years old.
Not knowing exactly what the Lord had in store for me, I entered the Air Force in 1963 and spent much of the time in Crete, Greece. After spending four years in the Air Force, I returned home with my new bride and found no employment. We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, where she was from and found a job in the Advertising field for about two years. While climbing the ladder, my employment led me to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company as the Art Director. While at Cooper, I decided to further my education by enrolling in Tiffin University for about two years. In 1982, the time had come to spread my wings and start a business in outdoor advertising consisting of designing and producing the paper bulletins that were to be applied on billboards. This is when Dan Kayser and my paths crossed. We produced paper for him where he was employed at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Having eight employees, it was hard to inform them one by one that the computer and the changeover from paper to vinyl for coverage of the boards meant changes for us and the downsizing of my business.
During these years, my family grew to four with the addition of a son and later a daughter. I was active in Boy Scouts of America as Scout Leader, Committee Member which continues through today. I also was active in the Community of Mount Blanchard, Ohio, through the Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church and Riverdale School System working with different youth groups.
As time went on, I was employed at Root Outdoor out of Defiance, Ohio and due to distances in travel eventually accepted employment at the Budd Company in Carey (retired in 2005). I married Betty Orwick and we began our singing duo, Jericho Road in 1998. After a few years we expanded to the quartet it is today. We lost Betty to cancer in 2005 and this was a devastating period of my life. Our music helped me through and I continued with the group for several years after. After retirement, I accepted employment at the Hancock County Agricultural Society in Findlay and served for two years on the Hancock County Fair Board.
Currently, I am active in Salem United Methodist Church, north of Findlay, playing Bass Guitar in the Praise Band and singing in special music programs. When Dan Kayser and Joe Emert asked me to be a Friday night host of a Southern Gospel Radio Program, I was surprised and wanted to give it some prayerful thought. After listening to an Afternoon Inspiration presentation by Bill Ramsey, I was struck by his closing comment about “Jesus asking his disciples to lay down their nets and follow him to fulfill the great commission”. I considered this to be a call from the Lord to accept this invitation and join the staff at New Vision FM WXML90.1.
is a leading Christian speaker for students and host of the radio show, Do Not
Keep Silent. As of January 2015 he is the new Morning Show Host for New Morning
Praise on WXML - 90.1FM in Northwest Ohio. New Morning Praise is a Monday -
Friday program that runs from 6:00a.m. - 8:30a.m. everyday. His reputation for
presenting Biblical truth, candid opinions and playful personality have made Do
Not Keep Silent one of the most listened to programs on the New Vision FM radio
network and #1 on all Christian stations in Northwest Ohio. Because of his 18
years in youth ministry, DeZurik is respected as a leading expert on teen
spirituality. Jason’s unique blend of modern Christian music and insightful
views on student issues has captured the attention of young at heart followers
of all ages. DeZurik also speaks at Christian schools, clubs, youth events, and
music festivals. He has spoken in over 20 states in the last 5 years. Online, he
maintains a strong social networking presence and leads a team of bloggers for
Worldview Warriors, the nonprofit ministry he founded to equip students to
impact this generation for Jesus Christ.
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 Satan’s 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 didn’t 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 grew up in Marion, Ohio. Gary was born and grew up in Paintsville, Kentucky.
We both had a lot in common----- we were “Preachers Kids.” For as long as we both can remember we have been active in Christian Service.
Both of us began singing at an early age.
When I was eight years old, I began playing the piano and singing with my “little” brother Ronnie who was five years old at that time.
Gary began singing in school Talent Shows and also sang with several people who attended the same church that he did.
After graduating in 1965, he moved to Marion to look for a job. He became employed by Whirlpool Corporation.
In September of 1966, he enlisted in The U.S. Army and was stationed in Manheim, Germany until he was discharged in September of 1968.
In November 1967, five months after I had graduated, my family moved across town to a different neighborhood. It was at this time I met my new neighbors….. The Lyons Family. I met all of them except one……Gary! He was in The U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.
I was told by his family that he would be home on furlough the whole month of December.
It was then that I met him! It was love at first sight for me!!! The whole month we dated each other. He would bring his Southern Gospel Albums over to my house and we would play and sing along with them for hours.
When he returned to Germany we wrote to each other faithfully. To this day, I have every letter he wrote!
In September of 1968, Gary was discharged from The Military and went back to work to his job at Whirlpool.
Shortly after returning home, he asked the “big” question and I said “yes.”
On December 10, 1968 we were married. We had three children. Kevin, Kathy and Gary Gene.
When our children were young we traveled and sang Southern Gospel Music with my brother and his wife. We were known as The Gospel Messengers. Our ministry lasted for almost fifteen years.
In 1999 our son Kevin joined Gary and I and we became known as The Lyons Family.
In 2003, Gary’s brother Greg joined us as another member of The Lyons Family. We are currently traveling and singing Southern Gospel Music.
Our ministry has always included our family.
When Dan Kayser asked Gary and I to come back as hosts on The Southern Gospel Concert we were absolutely thrilled! It is such a pleasure and an honor to be a part of WXML Radio.
Our sincere desire is that through our ministry here we might be able to touch the lives and hearts of all our listeners.
It was the same routine every week. Bath on Saturday night, clothes laid out for church on Sunday morning, and heaven help us if we weren’t ready on time! My dad was Head Deacon at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Fostoria and we never missed Sunday service unless we were truly sick or somebody died.
I hated it! I hated singing songs about a God Who meant nothing to me. I hated listening to boring sermons and I hated having to act so “nicey-nice” around people I didn’t like.
My way of providing excitement, and maybe getting even, was to steal money out of the offering plate. Sitting in the balcony with my friends, I’d grab a handful of money out of the plate before they came upstairs to pick it up. Then it was down the fire escape and downtown to have a cream soda or a cho-cho. I’d get back just as service was letting out and mingle with the crowd. Of course I eventually got caught stealing and learned at an early age that crime does not pay.
The Marines taught me that life wasn’t all peaches and cream. The training was tough and I longed to be home with my family and friends. I even missed the old church. My dear mother would send me letters encouraging me to serve the Lord but I’d throw them in the trash. Still, the words of those old hymns would linger in the hallways of my mind… “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way…. Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling…”.
Exit the Marines and off to college. No inner peace or satisfaction there either. Finally, after suffering two collapsed lungs, losing my father to accidental drowning, and flunking out of college, I came to the end of myself. Sitting on a floor in 1963 with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and a picture of Jesus hanging on the wall, I deliberately counted the cost of being a Christian and surrendered my heart and life to Christ.
Has life been a rose garden ever since? Of course not. Along with the many victories have been disappointments, failures, etc, but I’ve never regretted the decision I made back in ’63 to serve the Lord. My only regret is that I didn’t choose Him sooner.
Thank God for His mercy and His power to save us! What a glorious, wonderful, loving Heavenly Father we have. His love for us is far beyond our comprehension, penetrating the deepest sin and the hardest heart.
Being a part of the WXML ministry has been such a blessing to me. What a joy and privilege it is to be used of the Lord to impact the lives of our dear listeners. Every time I round the last curve on Route 23 and see the WXML tower beacon, I get a chill down my spine. I call it the “Beacon Of Hope”. My hope is to be continually and increasingly used of the Lord at the station.
My hope for you is that the God Of All Hope is the all-consuming love of your
life and that you will call to mind the words of a plaque that my mother gave me
as a child:
God Bless You and God Bless WXML!
I was born May 11, 1957 and then born again spiritually on January 7, 1976. In November of 1976, I felt a call into ministry. In September of of 1978, I went to Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where I graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor in Science in Bible. Since that time I have ministered in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Louisville and Bucyrus, Ohio where I have been Senior Pastor of Father's Heart Healing Center since April of 1987.
By 1996, I had become lukewarm in the ministry and felt very empty. The ministry had become very mechanical to the point that I was not satisfied. I asked God, "Is this all there is?"
In July of 1996, God drew me to a revival in Pensacola, Florida. A revival had been birthed there on Fathers Day 1995. People were coming from all over the world and services were held every night. When I came back from the revival God mightily moved in the next Sunday Service. I have not been the same since. God has taught me that you can know about God but that doesn’t mean you KNOW HIM! The church as a whole has become like the world. We watch the same filth, talk the same trash and live the same life. It’s time to come out from among them and be the true light.
Now I have learned and experienced the Father's wonderful love for all people. It is the kindness of the Lord that brings repentance. Repentance is simply a change in our thinking which points us in a new direction. The Kingdom of God is in us and it is a Kingdom of Power! The world as a whole is living in fear but His perfect love casts out ALL fear. We have the answer to all the hopelessness around us. Thank you for helping us display His Love in this region!
I am blessed with my wife Karolyn of over 31 years and two children. Danielle 25 and Matthew 22.
I was born and raised on a farm in Southeast Indiana. My parents, Leonard and Laura Hunter Fox moved from Kentucky to Indiana shortly after the married.
I am the seventh of ten children, born to this Godly couple, who always made sure we were all in Sunday School and church.
We were a singing family. Both Mama and Daddy attended singing school learning the basics of music theory and the Do Re Mi’s of convention style singing. Their love for music was passed on to all of their children.
My earliest recollection of singing was when I was five years old. One cold winter morning while the older siblings were in school, Mama was singing the song "I will Meet You in the Morning", I joined in with her on the chorus singing the alto part. Mama was ecstatic, she called me her "little alto girl".
My oldest brother, a minister, had a radio program in Hamilton, Ohio. The two older sisters and I would often sing on his broadcast. We soon were invited to sing at other churches. I was so small, I had to stand on a box. How excited I was when people would slip pocket change into my hand.
I was saved when I was ten years old and at an early age, I felt God’s call for Christian service.
After high school, I moved to Jackson, Tenn. While there, I sang in a ladies trio and the church choir. All my life I’ve been active in church singing, playing piano and working with the youth.
After moving to Ohio, My husband and I traveled and sang with a quartet for several years. We recorded four long play albums and sang in concert with some of the most notable names in Southern Gospel Music.
In 1975 the group disbanded and we moved to Western Pa. It was there my world suddenly fell apart. I was facing the awesome responsibility of single parenthood. God became more real to me than ever in my life. I learned to live by faith. "Jesus Never Fails!"
On November 25, 1988, Dave and I married. My son, Rob, had graduated and was attending Liberty University. The youngest, Ryan, was a sophomore in high school. My daughter, Rhonda, her husband and two children were living in Galion.
After moving back to Galion, I organized and sang with New Bethel for five years. Dave has been very supportive of all my endeavors in Southern Gospel music.
My love for Southern Gospel music has never changed. How thrilled I was when Bob Nachbar called and asked if I was interested in becoming a DJ on WXML. I began hosting Solid Gospel in January 1998.
I am very grateful to Dan Kayser and the board of directors for giving me the privilege of again sharing the Gospel through music.
My life’s verse is: Romans 8:28; "we know all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose".
Rita Stewart joined the staff of WXML in September of 2009 with the live call-in prayer program, “Praise, Prayer and Power for Today” on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30. Her husband, Jim, and their good friends Walt and Bev Chapman man the phones, while Rita prays for each need and praises the Lord for his goodness on the air.
In 1980, the death of the Stewart’s eight year old son, Matthew, was the pivotal point in their lives when they went from being nominal Christians to selling out to Jesus and making Him Lord and Savior of their lives.
The Stewarts are founders of Everlasting Arms Ministry, and they travel throughout the area spreading light and hope in a dark and hurting world. Rita is a Christian Motivational Speaker and Jim is the prayer warrior behind her. They also share in song as they travel and share God’s goodness. Rita is available to speak to your group, fill a pulpit or share her testimony. You can reach her at (419) 348-4088.