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Amazing Facts
TypeReligious/Non-Profit
Founded1965
FounderJoe Crews
Headquarters6615 Sierra College Blvd, Granite Bay, California[1]
Area served
International
Key people
Doug Batchelor (President)
Websitewww.amazingfacts.org

Amazing Facts is a non-profit Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic ministry based in Granite Bay, California,[2][3] which broadcasts daily television programming worldwide. It is based on the teachings of Scripture, and especially focuses on the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14. Beginning as a radio program dedicated to Christian evangelism, it later expanded into television and online Bible study ministries.

History

Amazing Facts was founded in 1965 by Joe Crews in Baltimore, Maryland.[4][5] Inspired by the success of The Rest Of The Story, hosted by Paul Harvey, Joe Crews' original objective for Amazing Facts was to reach out to both Christian and non-Christian listeners via daily 15-minute programs by opening with a scientific or historic fact, and how it applies to the overall Biblical messages.[2] Later, the program offered accompanying home Bible study courses, as well as books written by Crews himself. In 1987, Amazing Facts initiated a television ministry that has expanded to four programs as well as periodic evangelism series.

Shortly before his death in 1994, Crews invited Doug Batchelor to assume the position of president, which he holds to this day. Today, the Amazing Facts radio program "Bible Answers Live" broadcasts mainly out of Granite Bay, California each Sunday evening to about 100 national stations.[6] At the end of 2018, Amazing Facts became an independent ministry and changed its name to Amazing Facts International.[7]

Media programming

Amazing Facts programming is available on a variety of over-the-air, cable and satellite stations[8] In addition, programs are archived on the website.

Radio programs

Television

The ministry carries various programming on television through Internet, mobile devices, various television stations, networks including their Amazing Facts Television Channel.

Speakers

Preceded byfounder Founder/Speaker/DirectorJoe Crews 1965 - 1994 Succeeded byDoug Batchelor Preceded byJoe Crews Speaker/DirectorDoug Batchelor 1994 - present Succeeded byCurrent

AFCOE

Amazing Facts operates the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE). "AFCOE trains and equips clergy and lay people in all aspects of evangelistic ministry."[11] Both a four-month "Complete" course[12] and a 4-day "AFCOE To Go"[13] courses are offered from their campus in Rocklin, CA and by request around the world.[11]

Bible school

Amazing Facts offers a free Bible school with online study guides.[14]

Mergers

In April 2007 it was announced that Amazing Facts and 3ABN would be merging [15][16][17] However, in August 2007, after several months of review, Amazing Facts announced they will not merge with 3ABN due to issues with structural dynamics.[18]

On April 6, 2008 Amazing Facts announced a joint venture with Weimar Institute whereby the operations of Weimar Institute will be administered by Amazing Facts and both organizations would have a single board of directors.[19] Weimar was renamed Weimar Center of Health and Education and Neil Nedley was chosen as president.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ "New Amazing Facts Headquarters Opening Delayed as Doug Batchelor Battles COVID-19". Adventist Today. 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  2. ^ a b "Our Story". Amazing Facts.
  3. ^ Paseggi, Marcos (2021-08-06). "ASi Convention Keynote Address Calls Adventist to 'Fly into Space'". Adventist Review. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  4. ^ Postell, Marissa (2021-09-27). "Monday Member Highlight: Amazing Facts International Ministry". NRB. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  5. ^ "Amazing Facts with Doug Batchelor". Daystar (TV network). Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  6. ^ "Amazing Facts International reports massive online viewing surge". Religion News Service. 2020-04-02. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  7. ^ "Amazing Facts to Become an Independent Ministry". Adventist Today. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  8. ^ "Station Locator". Amazing Facts. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Bible Answers Live". Amazing Facts. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  10. ^ "Wonders in the Word". Amazing Facts. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  11. ^ a b "AFCOE". Amazing Facts. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
  12. ^ "AFCOE Application | AFCOE". www.afcoe.org.
  13. ^ "AFCOE To-Go Application | AFCOE". www.afcoe.org.
  14. ^ "Online Bible School". Amazing Facts. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  15. ^ "3ABN: Christian Television - Three Angels Broadcasting Network". 3ABN. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  16. ^ "3ABN: Christian Television - Three Angels Broadcasting Network". 3ABN. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  17. ^ "3ABN: Christian Television - Three Angels Broadcasting Network". Amazing Facts. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  18. ^ "Merger Update". Amazing Facts. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  19. ^ "Amazing Facts and Weimar Institute Join Ministries". Amazing Facts. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  20. ^ "Dr. Neil Nedley to Lead Weimar". Amazing Facts. Retrieved 2008-10-28.