Ray Brubaker

As a young boy Ray Brubaker was fascinated with and loved the radio and already wanted to be a news broadcaster. He was a minister’s son who would only allow him to listen to religious programs. He grew up attending many tent revivals. For more than fifty years Ray Brubaker worked from a small studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was the founder of God’s News Behind the News on radio and television. His first experience sitting behind a microphone was as a part-time radio news announcer at Moody Bible Institute.

When the U.S. bombed Hiroshima Ray decided he wanted to start his own ministry to warn others about the end-times. He married his college sweetheart, Darlene in 1947. When Israel became a nation again in 1948 this excited Ray Brubaker very much, knowing that end-time prophecy was now about to take significant leaps forward.

In 1954, a Waynesboro, Pa., radio station broadcast Dr. Brubaker’s first installment of God’s News Behind the News. Dr. Brubaker sent tapes to other stations, which began airing the 15-minute show.

God’s News Behind the News broke into television in 1974 and quickly established itself as a model for other future Christian news shows. Ray Brubaker narrated current events against the live news footage he purchased. He immersed himself in his ministry work and rarely participated in any social activities, which according to some of his family members was a bit tough on them. But they greatly admired him and there was no question that he was totally dedicated to getting critical information about these last days out to the masses.

In the 1980s when cable television took off, God’s News Behind the News became just one of many Christian news programs and competition was steadily increasing. By 1996 Ray turned over his show and company to his son-in-law Joe Van Koevering. The show filled a gap at a time when there was little to choose from. God had Ray Brubaker at the right place at the right time and his news commentaries brought much-needed messages in the early days of Christian news broadcasting.

At age 86, Ray Brubaker died from some digestive difficulties and called to his eternal home with the Lord. He fought the good fight of faith and his radio and TV programs will always be remembered. He often said: “Be ye ready also for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.”

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