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January 18, 2011 - 

Bertha “Bert” Verkaik remembers driving with her father 60 years ago and listening to “The Back to God Hour” on the car radio.

“Dad would actually pull off to the side of the road so he could listen to the message without any distractions,” recalls Verkaik, now 79 and living in Hudsonville, Mich.

Times have changed. And starting April 15, the 65-year-old BTGH radio program will debut a new format for today’s audience.

“We’re tweaking the format a bit to give it a fresh sound,” reports Courtney Schutt, the program’s newly hired producer.

The biggest change is that messages will be presented by different voices each week, drawing from a pool of CRC pastors. “We have so much preaching expertise in our denomination that we wanted to share a range of voices with our audience,” explained Rev. Steven Koster, English ministry leader.

Unlike Bert’s father, today’s listeners won’t have to pull over to the side of the road to concentrate on the radio. They can enjoy the same biblical teaching in a new upbeat format while walking on the treadmill—or even download the BTGH podcast for listening at a convenient time.

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