Faith for Today History
The Very First Days
Faith For Today was launched on WJZ-TV (now WABC-TV) in New York, NY at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 21, 1950. The broadcast, founded by William and Virginia Fagal, was owned and fully sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Since its inception, Faith For Today has sought to reach out to the vast and diverse television audiences. By December 1950 it became the first authentically national religious telecast in North America, having spread to an 11-station transcontinental hookup.
Making A Connection
Since the very first broadcast, Faith For Today offered viewers Bible lessons, books and other spiritual and personal growth materials.
Mr. and Mrs. William Farrar from New Jersey watched that first program on May 21, 1950 and wrote to enroll in the Bible course. So thrilled were the Farrars about what they were learning from the lessons and the telecast that they started telling their family, friends and co-workers.
Making A Difference
Faith For Today started its own Bible School in 1952. Dedicated staff, led by Virginia Fagal, assisted thousands of viewers in their spiritual studies. Over the years, more than 450,000 people have completed one of Faith for Today’s correspondence courses, and at least 30,000 people are known to have joined the church through its ministry.
Commendations from J. Edgar Hoover
A New Way to Minister
Expanding to Films
A New Format
Awards in Film
New Vision and Leadership for a Pioneering Television
Facelift for a Long-standing Program
60 Years of Faith
Mad About Marriage
A special LifeStyle Magazine series on relationships was released called Mad About Marriage. Viewers who watch the series can attend live Mad About Marriage events and even sign up for a small study group ("Flipping the Switch") discussing ways to "flip the switch" to being madly in love. These programs continue to meet the needs of individuals and families around the world.
Miracle at Gate 213
Faith for Today's newest award-winning Holiday drama. It initially aired on NBC with a large viewership nationwide. This new seasonal television drama is sure to become a favorite for years to come. Featuring: Academy Award-winners Louis Gossett Jr. and Shirley Jones, Touched by an Angel's Dell Reese, Parenthood star Savanahh Paige Rae, and In Love and War's Mackenzie Astin. Also featuring five-time Grammy winner Deniece Williams, Days of Our Lives' Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, Kate Linder, Jaci Velasquez and rising star Caleb Lane.
The 2014 season of LifeStyle Magazine focuses on all aspects of whole life health to help viewers create their best life possible. In each episode Mike Tucker, along with our team of experts (Lynell LaMountain, Dr. Sharmini Long and Obi Obadike) are joined by notable guests to bring our audience cutting edge information for creating health in all areas of life – wellness, nutrition, fitness, attitude and relationships.
Ministry’s Outreach Broadened