The Discover the Word radio program has its roots in the Radio Bible Class Daily program that began in 1980. In addition to classic messages from RBC Ministries founder Dr. M. R. DeHaan, a panel of RBC staff members and guests assembled from time to time to discuss important topics. These “Friday panel discussions” became quite popular, and a few years later the program went exclusively to the topical discussion format with Herb Vander Lugt, Jim Pittman, Ron Chadwick, and Mart DeHaan as the regular teachers. Then in 1991, Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews joined Mart DeHaan and, in a more expositional way, worked through Bible passages to find direction for daily living. In 1998, the program became known as Discover the Word. Haddon and Alice retired from the program in 2014 and RBC Ministries' name was changed to Our Daily Bread ministries in 2015.
About Mart DeHaan, Elisa Morgan, Bill Crowder, and Brian Hettinga
Bill Crowder joined the Our Daily Bread Ministries staff after more than 20 years as a pastor. As vice president of teaching content, Bill works closely with Mart DeHaan providing evaluation of Our Daily Bread’s biblical content for various ministry efforts. Additionally, Bill spends much of his time in a Bible-conference ministry around the world, serving Our Daily Bread offices and their outreach to local communities. He is a contributing writer for the Our Daily Bread devotional, has written many Bible study booklets for Our Daily Bread’s Discovery Series, and has published several books with Discovery House Publishers. Bill has also spent the last several years as the on-air teaching chaplain for Our Daily Bread’s weekly national radio program Sport.org. Bill and his wife, Marlene, have five adult children and several grandchildren. To relax, Bill enjoys playing golf whenever possible and follows sports, especially the English Premier League’s Liverpool Football Club.
Elisa Morgan was named by Christianity Today as one of the top fifty women influencing today’s church and culture and is one of today’s most sought-after authors, speakers, and leaders. She has authored over fifteen books on mothering, spiritual formation, and evangelism, including The Beauty of Broken, She Did What She Could and The NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible. She currently authors a blog under the title, Really. In fall of 2015, her newest book will release: Hello, Beauty Full: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You. For twenty years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS International (www.mops.org). Elisa is married to Evan (senior vice president of global ministry efforts for Our Daily Bread Ministries) and has two grown children and two grandchildren who live near her in Denver, Colorado. Wilson and Darla, her two Rottweilers, take her on walks in the open space behind her house.
Mart DeHaan is the grandson of Our Daily Bread founder, Dr. M. R. DeHaan, and the son of former president Richard W. DeHaan.
Having served at Our Daily Bread Ministries for over 35 years, Mart is heard regularly on the Discover the Word radio program and seen on Day of Discovery television. Mart often explores the Bible lands on the Day of Discovery television program, leading viewers through the places where Jesus walked and brings the stories and message of the Bible to life. Mart is also a contributing writer for the Our Daily Bread devotional, the Discovery Series booklets, and a monthly column and blog on timely issues called “Been Thinking About”. He and his wife, Diane, have two adult children. Mart enjoys spending time outdoors, whether fishing or playing golf.
Brian Hettinga has been in broadcasting for over 30 years. His first “real job” when he got his driver’s license at age 16 was working nights and weekends at a Christian station in northern Wisconsin (WRVM). Brian graduated from Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music in 1981 and stayed to coach basketball and serve as the Program Director at the school’s radio station for a number of years. He has been with Our Daily Bread Ministries for over 20 years, working with several programs including Discover the Word, Sports Spectrum, Sounds of the Times, and Campus Journal. Brian and his wife Kim have been married since 1982 and have three children. He still enjoys playing basketball and golf.
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