UM clergy voices heard on talk radio

Methodists Make News

Eastern PA Conference clergy are showing up on the radio recently. The Rev. Mark Salvación, pastor of Historic St. George’s UMC Philadelphia, hosts a new weekly talk-radio program/podcast on WWDB 860 AM.

“Faith to Faith with Pastor Mark,” produced by the Beasley Media Group, airs Sundays, from 3 to 4 PM. He records weekly interviews with diverse guests from various faith traditions. Recently interviewed the Rev. William Brawner, Eastern PA Conference Coordinator of Urban Ministries and pastor of Haven-Peniel UMC Philadelphia.

Salvación recently interviewed theologian Dr. Martin Marty on Martin Luther’s 95 theses that launched the Lutheran Church. In coming weeks his interviews will focus on the first women ordained Episcopal priests in 1974 and Conservative Judaism. The program originated from an interfaith study group that dialogues bimonthly at Historic St. George’s.

The podcast’s producers have offered Salvación 10 weeks of free advertising on the program, until mid-October, to promote his church and other United Methodist entities, including important conference ministries and events. Listen to his recorded programs online.

In addition, the Rev. David W. Brown (left), of Wharton-Wesley UMC Philadelphia and the Rev. William Lentz, of Lehman Memorial UMC Hatboro, were each interviewed in late July about the conference’s historic cancellation of most prior-year debt balances for black churches (and other churches to a lesser extent). The two co-presented the resolution canceling those balances, which the Annual Conference approved unanimously in June.

Brown was a guest July 26 on “The Source,” a WURD Radio program at 900 AM and 96.1 FM (and 900AMWURD.com). It is the only black-owned talk-radio station in Pennsylvania, and he once served as its general manager. He spoke about the possible impact of the conference’s decision on African American churches. Brown said persons from other churches and faith groups have expressed interest in that decision.  Listen to his interview.

Lentz appeared July 30 on Praise 107.9 FM, a gospel music station, on Solomon Jones’ morning program, also to explain the conference’s action and its ramifications. Contact the Communications Office for an online link to that interview.

Requests for their interviews were prompted by a story that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper and on philly.com about the major debt cancellation measure.