Laurence & Barbara Trumbower
Lawrence and Barbara have served under Grace Ministries International (GMI) at WCGB for 34 years. Both are graduates of Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lawrence studied broadcast communications at Milwaukee Institute of Technology, then God led him through a series of experiences which confirmed his role in the design and establishment of WCGB in 1967. From the station’s inception GMI purposed this ministry to be evangelistic in focus and seeker-friendly in its approach. Its unique programming format was at once Christian and community-oriented, broadcasting sports, news, music, and many live programs, with short gospel messages inserted in the non-religious blocks.
Barbara arrived in 1971 to work in the financial department of the station. They were married on the island in 1972, and their daughter was born there. Six years later they returned stateside to care for Lawrence’s ailing mother until her passing. Then in November of 1991 all three returned to Puerto Rico, working together in WCGB until their daughter left for college and eventual service in the Middle East. Presently, she and her husband with their three young children serve the Lord in Central Asia.
In November 2004 GMI passed the radio baton to Calvary Evangelistic Mission (CEM), owner of two other Christian stations in Puerto Rico, whose focus is to train faithful people so they can teach others as well (2 Timothy 2:2). At that time Lawrence was seconded to CEM in The Rock Radio Network, where his main responsibilities were to keep all three stations FCC compliant and to handle engineering for WCGB, WBMJ, and WIVV.
His newest exciting project, however, is the transformation of a series of the written doctrinal Bible charts of Maurice Hammond into PowerPoint presentations, in Spanish as well as English, for wider exposure in both worlds.
Barbara works alongside Lawrence preparing the PowerPoints, does some mentoring, initiates most of their personal and mission correspondence and reports, manages the missionaries’ ministry fund records, and actively encourages people within her spheres of influence.
The Trumbowers’ continued involvement in Christian radio and their work on the doctrinal charts are two means of fortifying their hearers for the challenges of living Christianly in the worlds of today and tomorrow.
To read the Trumbowers’ most recent newsletter, click HERE.