Reformed Witness Hour - Over 60 years of proclaiming the Word of God.


Over 60 years faithfully proclaiming the Word of God


In early October 1941, the Reformed Witness Hour produced and aired its first broadcast in Grand Rapids , MI. It originated as a project of the Young Men's Society of First Protestant Reformed Church and was known as the "Witness Hour".  It was broadcast over WLAV-AM for the first few years, but later moved to WFUR-AM.  In 1945, the Young Men's Society asked the Consistory of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan to sponsor the program, and since then the broadcast has been sponsored and supported by the whole Protestant Reformed Denomination.

Rev. Herman Hoeksema was our first full-time radio pastor. He served in this capacity for many years during which time and into the sixties, we expanded our witness from Pennsylvania to California, from North Dakota to Texas, and over two short-wave stations in Curacao, West Indies and Monte Carlo, Monaco. At one time our program was broadcast over 14 stations in the U.S.

Our current radio pastor is the Rev. Carl Haak, minister of the Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church.   As we move into 2009, the number of stations that we broadcast on stands at 20 and growing, including stations in Ireland and the Philippines.  Our program does not currently make use of shortwave radio.  

The Radio Committee would like to expand our witness. The extent of our radio coverage depends 100% on the contributions given for this Kingdom work. We are looking to other churches or individuals to sponsor a station of their choosing. We will supply the program and help you in your evangelical outreach. Individual contributions are always welcome as well. Please continue to remember this important work in your prayers.


The Reformed Witness Hour is committed to the proclamation of God's Truth from the viewpoint of Romans 11:36," For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." We believe that man was created to serve and glorify the one true God revealed in the Bible. Man's great problem is that, fallen in Adam, he will not and cannot do so. This brings upon man the just wrath of the Holy God. It is only through God's Son, Jesus Christ, and God's grace in Him, that we are able to know and glorify God. The Bible, which is the inspired Word of God, reveals Jesus Christ and God's grace in Him to us. Through the proclamation of His Word, God is pleased to gather His people to Himself in the way of repentance and faith.

Our first radio pastor, Rev. Herman Hoeksema, in the very first broadcast of our program explained it this way. His words remain the confession of the Reformed Witness Hour today:

"The supreme and, in a sense, the only task of the Church is to preach the Word of God. But if there is a Word of God to be proclaimed by the Church, it must needs be a Word which God Himself speaks, and Which He speaks concerning Himself. And if God speaks concerning Himself, the basic and all-pervading note of that speech must inevitably be: I am God! Unless the Church proclaims this truth in all its implications, in all its purity and without compromise, she cannot preach, she has nothing to say. Unless she proclaims this truth, not as one of the tenets of her faith but as the truth of all truths, not occasionally but always, she forfeits the right and lacks the power to say anything at all about man, the world, Christ, salvation, life and death, sin and grace. We hope to make this the theme of our radio broadcasts, whatever may be the particular subject of discussion, whether we speak of Him directly or of man, of Christ and salvation, of the Church and the world, of sin and grace, of life and death. God is God!"


Rev Haak

Rev. Carl Haak
Phone: (616) 662-0257

Our current radio pastor is the Rev. Carl Haak, minister of the Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church.

Rev. Carl Haak graduated from the Protestant Reformed Seminary in June of 1979 and was ordained into the ministry in September, 1979 as pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI. In 1986 he accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Lynden Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. In 1994 he began serving Bethel Protestant Reformed Church of Roselle, Illinois. In 2004 he accepted the call to the Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, MI.


Rev Bruinsma

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma
Phone: (412) 727-6778

Pastor Wilbur Bruinsma has spent over 32 years in the ministry, serving in three PRCA congregations and twice as missionary. Currently he is the Eastern Home missionary, stationed in Pittsburgh, PA.


Rev Kleyn

Rev. Rodney Kleyn
Phone: (509) 926-0372

Pastor Rodney Kleyn has labored in the ministry in the PRCA for over 8 years. Prior to pastoring his current congregation, Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, he served in the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.

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