About Us

Who We Are

The Tide is an international Christian outreach committed to worldwide evangelism and discipleship. Our goal is to lead as many people as possible into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this primarily through Christian radio broadcasts in multiple languages around the world. We also engage in other activities such as discipleship, leadership development, church planting, and short term mission trips.

What We Do

  • We tell people about Jesus in the language they were born to speak.
  • We disciple new believers and develop local leaders.
  • We focus our efforts on people groups who have limited access to the Gospel.
  • We provide radios and media players for people to listen to the broadcasts.

How It Works

Rather than broadcasting translations of English programs, The Tide works with partners in Africa, Asia, and Europe and with local ministers to produce radio programs to share the Gospel with their language and in the context of their culture. These local ministry partners are our boots on the ground to provide listener care and coordinate discipleship and leadership training activities.

Since 1946

The Tide began as a local radio broadcast in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, known as The Gospel Tide Hour. Founded by Rev. Charlie Byers, pastor of a church in Chambersburg, the initial mission of The Gospel Tide Hour was to reach the Chambersburg community for Christ.

In 1975

The Tide became international when the original program began airing across Southern Africa. This expansion initiated a gradual shift in emphasis from domestic radio programming to a strong emphasis on global missions. In 1978 the Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association began producing programs in other languages in both Africa and India, using indigenous speakers to share the Gospel message in their own language.

Since 2008

Realizing that North American airwaves are saturated with Christian radio programming, The Tide stopped producing an English language program and transitioned its entire focus to meet the great need for indigenous language Christian radio programming in other regions of the world. Today, in addition to producing evangelistic radio programming in numerous languages, the ministry of The Tide includes literature distribution, correspondence courses, discipleship and leadership training activities, and the distribution of radios and media players. The majority of our activities now take place in relatively undeveloped regions of the world targeting less privileged populations and is accomplished in partnership with like-minded individuals, ministries, indigenous missionaries, and local church movements.

Statement of Faith

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible to be the true, inspired and authoritative Word of God.

We believe that God created mankind in his own image as good and innocent. Through Adam’s disobedience all have inherited a sinful nature which results in separation of God.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His imminent personal return in power and glory.

We believe salvation is a gift from God freely offered to mankind by grace. It is received through personal repentance from sin, accompanied by faith in the person; and finished work of Jesus Christ. There is nothing we can do to earn this salvation.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. The Christian is enabled to live a godly life through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that those in right relationship with God will be raised form the dead into eternal life in the presence of God. Those who have rejected God’s forgiveness through his Son will suffer an eternal agonizing separation from God.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

These statement are a summary of our doctrinal beliefs. On a more comprehensive level we affirm the principles of Christianity as expressed in the Luasanne Covenant.

Meet Our Team

Don Shenk

Don Shenk

Executive Director

Mark Story

Mark Story

Director of Development

Becky Shenk

Becky Shenk

Office Manager

Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison

Promotional Secretary

Board Members

Board Members