For nearly 60 years, we’ve been known by our name. In front of our facility at Langley and Reynolds is a large monument that reads Ambassador. As you enter the building, that’s repeated on the wall behind our receptionist. Walk a few steps further and it appears again—only this time it’s in the context of 2nd Corinthians 5:20. Because, since the beginning, our purpose statement has been clear:
“We are therefore ambassadors for Christ . . .”
Founded to serve the needs of The Biola Hour, everything that’s transpired since then has the imprint of Al’s commitment to Christ and dedication to the mission exemplified in that verse of Scripture.
Honored by the National Religious Broadcasters with induction into their “Hall of Fame,” Al has been recognized repeatedly over the years for his innovation and leadership within the industry, including the launching of radio program powerhouses such as Focus on the Family and Insight for Living.
A gifted writer and blessed with a voice that has been heard over the airwaves for decades (a list too long to iterate), Al also spent more than a decade with Radio Bible Class serving as executive producer and on-air host for the weekly television series Day of Discovery.
Though he’d be quick demure, Al is a gifted Bible teacher whose study—and special brand of humor—is always evident in each message whether that’s in Ambassador staff devotions or from the pulpit of a church. His inspiration is evident in a book he authored some years ago—I’m Trying to Number My Days But I Keep Losing Count”—if you haven’t read it, let us know and we’ll send you a copy!
Married to Margaret for almost 73 years (yes, that’s 73!), they are a veritable “hall of fame” team! Three children (Peggy, Sharon, and Jim) filled the original quiver that is now also populated by grandchildren … and five great-grandchildren. Pre-pandemic, Sunday fellowship was at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach though Al & Margaret are thrilled to return to live worship with Chuck Swindoll now, thanks to technology!
Al’s recurring message in this season is: “Lord, let me finish well!” We have no doubt the answer to that prayer!
When asked, Al said. . .
I cry every time. . . John boy says “goodnight.”
On my iPod. . . the only pod I have contains lima beans!
I want to. . . finish well!
The biggest goal on my bucket list. . . is trying not to kick it!
See Al’s 90th Birthday Tribute: