Redgy and Joy met at Oak Hills Bible College located right outside Bemidji, Minnesota in 1989. February 22, 1991 they were married. In July of that same year, they moved to North Pole, Alaska to work at KJNP - a Christian Radio and Television station. They have continued to work at KJNP as volunteers/missionaries, and the family raises their own support from family and friends as there is no payroll at KJNP.
September 22, 1994, Ashley Monique, their first child was born.
September 13, 1998, Kimberly Joann was added to the family.
At the station, Redgy works on production work for the automation system, programs, paper work in between larger maintenance projects at the station. Redgy also receives several trade magazines that he reads to keep informed on current broadcast equipment and practices. He is also on a number of email list servers that carry information and announcements pertaining to broadcasting. This is to keep current on the record keeping requirements for the technical aspects of the station, and also so that equipment can be replaced (as it wears out) with up to date items that are going to be more efficient for KJNP's operation. He also needs to hook up the equipment, and learn how to operate it so he can train others how to operate the new equipment. Redgy is also on call 24 hours a day seven days a week. If one of the radio stations goes off the air, it is his job to fix the problem as soon as possible — whatever the time or weather. Occasionally Redgy does some traveling around Alaska while he is working. We have translators in Barrow, Fort Yukon, Circle, Dot Lake, Tok, and Delta Junction. To get to Fort Yukon and Barrow (the northern most town in the nation) you need to fly. The rest of the translator sites have roads that go to them. We also have a station in Houston, Alaska called KJHA that went on the air in July of 1998. After getting home from the station he works on projects around the house and yard, or spends some time exercising. In his spare time Redgy enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and canoeing. He also stays busy doing wood working and remodeling the house they live in.
Joy works Monday through Friday. Some of Joy's work time is in the music library. All the music that comes in needs to be listened to, to see if it is appropriate for air play. All the songs are color coded and checked to see if they are timed right, and then the information is entered into the music library's computer. During the morning Joy helps out at the front desk as a receptionist and works on the music library. When she is in the lobby at the front desk, she answers five incoming phone lines, greets visitors, makes sure the AM, FM and TV are all on the air, plus several small jobs like making coffee. Other times during the day she helps with the station bookkeeping. Joy's hobbies include sewing, knitting and other crafts, song writing, making web pages, and anything to do with home schooling.
Kimberly graduated from high school this spring and will be going to UAF (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) this fall. She has started classes now, so is driving to Fairbanks each day. She also plays guitar, at church on Sunday and sometimes on the 'Village Voice' program saturday night on the radio.
Ashley graduated from UAF with a degree in elementary education. She is teaching at North Pole Elementary school this fall.