On Jan. 1, 2011, Pastor John Bradshaw will become the fourth speaker/director of the international It Is Written ministry. He follows in the footsteps of ministry founder Pastor George Vandeman, Pastor Mark Finley, and Pastor Shawn Boonstra, who is relinquishing the speaker/director post for health reasons.
Bradshaw’s experience makes him uniquely suited for the role of speaker/director. Said Boonstra, "Our backgrounds and approaches to the work are remarkably similar, and yet he brings new insights and abilities that will expand It Is Written’s impact and help the ministry become even more effective in leading people to Christ."
Bradshaw's broadcasting career began in his home country of New Zealand, where he worked as a disc jockey on a number of the nation’s top radio stations. He left this job in 1990—and his life was changed when he gave his heart to Christ and made a decision for baptism.
He met his soon-to-be-wife, Melissa, at church, and soon after their wedding, he began working as an evangelist for Amazing Facts. After 12 years, the family—which now included a son and daughter—decided to put down roots. In the years that followed, Bradshaw pastored a church in Lexington, Kentucky, followed by the Village Church near Walla Walla University in Washington.
During his 15 years of pastoral ministry, Bradshaw has held more than 80 evangelistic series. For him, nothing matches the joy of introducing others to Christ.
"In my experience, It Is Written has always stood for evangelism," said Bradshaw. "When the presence of Christ floods into a person’s life, the impossible becomes possible. The chains are broken. The old is made new. I love that It Is Written communicates this around the world on a daily basis."
Bradshaw feels humbled to be following in Boonstra’s footsteps and appreciates his Christ-centered leadership and the ways in which the Lord has used the Boonstra family to make a worldwide impact for Christ.
"It Is Written is already doing the work that God has asked it to do, and I can’t wait to do my part in continuing its mission,” said Bradshaw. “I believe the Lord has plans for this ministry that we can’t yet comprehend!"
North American Division President and It Is Written Board Chairman Dan Jackson concurred. "I firmly believe in this ministry and the team God has brought together to work for It Is Written. This ministry is playing a major role in finishing the work on earth so Jesus can come soon!" he said.
In the coming months, Bradshaw will spearhead It Is Written’s endeavors in Las Vegas—including the worldwide, Internet-based Babylon Rising series slated for May 2011. Other ongoing projects include the ministry’s "Godpod" outreach to Papua New Guinea, the My Place With Jesus Bible study website for kids, Spanish outreach through Está Escrito, the weekly telecast, It Is Written’s newly redesigned website, and much more.
About It Is Written
It Is Written is a donor-supported ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For more than 54 years, it has shared the Good News of Christ’s soon return through avenues such as television, the Internet, live evangelistic events, and spiritual resources. The ministry is headquartered in Simi Valley, Calif., and the weekly program may be viewed around the world in 12 languages.