Our History & Who We Are Today
We are a radio ministry that discovers and reports the stories of God’s people living compassionately in the world around them. Compassion Radio exists not merely to teach the truth, but to provide listeners with opportunities to ‘do the truth’. Our daily half hour radio program is designed to help us think and act Biblically in relation to our own lives and the world around us. It does this by telling the stories of Kingdom minded individuals and organizations around the world and providing opportunities for you to get involved.
Morning Chapel Hour
Compassion Radio had its beginning in 1944 when Norm Nelon’s father, Wilbur Nelson began the radio program, The Morning Chapel Hour. This program was built on a foundation of sound doctrinal teaching and fiscal responsibility and ran for 54 years. Norm began his broadcasting career at age 5 on the Morning Chapel Hour, telling a Bible story and giving the mail address.
Norm returned to the broadcast from pastoral ministry years ago as co-speaker; moved on to the Presidency; became the sole speaker of the weekday program, and finally assumed the helm of the ministry in 1996. At precisely that time, God opened up unsolicited and unparalleled opportunities for mission service through the broadcast, making it clear this is His mission for Compassion Radio. Our name was given to us by an Imam in the West Bank, who described the work we were doing as “Compassion Radio.”
An End & A Beginning
On April 10th, 2017, The Rev. Dr. Norm Nelson quietly breathed his last and stepped over the threshold into heaven. Since his passing on to glory, Bram Floria has taken over the presidency of Compassion Radio. In his short time as President, Bram has pursued new strategic partnerships that allow the listeners of Compassion Radio to give directly to the ministries featured on our broadcasts. Today, the Compassion Radio team is working harder than ever to bring you the stories of how God is triumphing through his people all over the world.