Meet the Staff
Roger Lonnquist, General Manager of YNOP
Hi, I'm Roger Lonnquist, and for the past several years I have had the privilege of leading the incredible group of people that God has put together here at Your Network of Praise!
I grew up in Wisconsin, where I got started in secular radio when I was in junior high. The more I got involved in radio work, the more I loved it, and I was always impressed with the power of radio to convey a message to thousands of people all at the same time.
As a young guy, I poured myself into my radio career in an effort to reach the goals I had set for my personal "success"...success as I understood it back then!
It was while working at a radio station in Texas that I began to realize that something wasn't right, and God began to show me that those who hunger and thirst for Him and His way of life are the ones who are filled...not those who seek what this world has to offer. Not long after that I was transferred to south Florida, where the company I worked for owned one of the raunchiest rock stations In America! Though I was actively involved in the trashy things done on that station, the Lord kept working on me, and every day after I got off the air I would go out to my car and listen to WMCU - a Christian radio station in Miami. It was listening to a woman give her testimony on WMCU that finally woke me up to the fact that I needed to change directions and make Jesus Christ the Lord over my life.
A few months later I quit my job, and came to Montana, planning to spend one year here working in secular radio and doing some thinking about life! God so faithfully orchestrated circumstances and got me acquainted with a number of people who He used to direct me to His path.
A couple of those people were involved with a little radio ministry up in Havre called "KXEI - Your Channel of Praise", and in February, 1989, I began volunteering time to this wonderful ministry! Though my "day job" continued to be in secular radio until 1999, I became increasingly involved with the radio ministry as a volunteer, then a board member, and when I left secular radio in 1999 I joined the YNOP staff.
As a secular radio guy, I was always impressed with the power of radio to efficiently communicate messages to huge numbers of people! Now, as a Christian radio guy, I still look at radio that way...just the messages being conveyed are a whole lot different! For that reason, my passion is to see YNOP continue to expand its reach everywhere that God directs! And, because I was so profoundly helped by a Christian radio station many years ago, I am deeply grateful for each one who has joined this ministry as a prayer partner or financial supporter...YNOP would not exist without them!
My personal hope for every man, woman, and young person who listens to YNOP is that each will come to understand the depth and magnitude of God's love for them; that each will come to know Him so well that they cannot allow anything but Him to motivate their choices and plans in life; and that each will come to that place where they truly can say "All to Jesus I surrender", and let Him have their lives completely! I pray that everything we do at YNOP will help in that process.
In addition to working for Your Network of Praise I have the privilege of being involved in a Christian TV ministry called JCTV, am a member of the President's Council of the National Religious Broadcaster's Association, serve as a member of the NRB's TV Committee, and am on the board of a Christian school. Life does stay busy, but it is a joy to be part of these great organizations that are dedicated to bringing people to Christ!
We live in a world which desperately needs Jesus...and we have so little time to proclaim Him during these short lives we have on the earth! I hope that the things you hear on YNOP will motivate you to a closer relationship with Him, so that you will be able to wholeheartedly live for Him and give everything you have to Him and His work while we have the opportunity!
As YNOP celebrates 30 years of broadcasting God's message, I think back to those days in Florida so long ago, when I was a young man so desperately in need of God's truth, and the only source of it for me was WMCU radio. I have to wonder, over these past 30 years, how often has that scene been repeated here in Montana and the neighboring states and provinces, as some dear person in great spiritual need, found the truth they were needing through something they heard on YNOP?
As we observe 30 years of God's miracles here at YNOP during 2013, I am deeply thankful for all of God's people who have been part of this ministry, and who share with us in all that He has done here! And, I pray that during year 31 and beyond we will continually see an outpouring of Him on this ministry and those who listen to it so that we can see, more than ever, the fulfillment of the word that "our God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or even imagine, through His power that is work within us"!
May God richly bless you!