Cary, NC, February 15, 2009—As Lauren Libby was commissioned today as TWR’s new president, the international Christian broadcaster’s top executive reaffirmed TWR’s commitment to continue touching hearts and transforming lives for Jesus Christ. Libby became TWR’s fourth president on December 1, 2008.

“TWR is uniquely positioned to take the gospel around the world,” Libby told the audience of several hundred TWR staff, ministry leaders, partners and supporters at Cary’s Colonial Baptist Church. “Through our strategic broadcast outlets and other mass media platforms, God has given us a vehicle to reach people globally as few others can. There’s not a moment during the day that TWR is not speaking to someone across the globe in the name of Jesus.”

After stressing the importance of people praying “for wisdom, courage and God’s provision of resources during this crucial time,” Libby shared his vision for TWR to recruit the next generation of young people into media missions and to continue leveraging innovative technology to advance the gospel message.

Libby formerly served as the vice president and chief operating officer with The Navigators in Colorado Springs, Colo. His 30-plus years of experience primarily come from an extensive career with that organization.

A member of the board of directors for the National Religious Broadcasters, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and Northwestern College, Libby is also president and CEO of New Horizons Foundation–a public charity designed to help donors accomplish their giving objectives in education, research, humanitarian aid, religion and health-related areas. Additionally, he cofounded Educational Communications of Colorado Springs, which comprises 15 radio stations and 28 translators.

A farmer’s son from northern Kansas, Libby holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University. He and his wife, June, have one adult son, Grant.

Special inaugural speakers at the commissioning included: Mike Treneer, international president of The Navigators; Thorsten Grahn, director of international projects for TWR’s German partner Evangeliums-Rundfunk; HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson; Werner Kroemer, international director for TWR Europe/Middle East/Commonwealth of Independent States; and Dennis Lambert, pastor of Thornburg Church, Smith Center, Kan.

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