He began his radio ministry in 1943 when he was nine years old. His voice comforted and guided young listeners for decades. Friday we honor the life and legacy of Charlie VanderMeer, who passed away in February. What memory do you have of this man with a heart for children? You’ll also hear part of a conversation we had a few years ago as we present, “Remembering Uncle Charlie.” Don’t miss Friday’s Chris Fabry Live.
Greg Yoder is Executive Director of Keys for Kids Ministries. He was previously the executive for Mission Network News. He also serves on the board of Orphan Outreach.
Charlie VanderMeer ("Uncle Charlie") shared the message of Jesus Christ with millions of kids and families around the world through his 69 years of ministry on Christian radio at Children’s Bible Hour, now known as Keys for Kids Ministries. In 1943, nine-year-old Charlie started taking part in the Children’s Bible Hour radio broadcasts. He became Uncle Charlie in 1972 after Aunt Bertha’s retirement, becoming the fourth director of the
ministry. It was a position he held until March 1999. He continued to serve as the voice of Keys for Kids until December 2015. He passed away on February 22, 2019. He and his wife, Bette, have four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for VanderMeer on March 16 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Chris Fabry is the host of Chris Fabry Live, one hour of spiritual encouragement from his backyard radio fence. The program challenges listeners to think biblically about their spiritual journeys. Chris is also the author of the Christy Award-winning novel Dogwood, June Bug, ECPA Christian Book Award-winner (Fiction) Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart and Borders of the Heart. He and his family live near Tucson, Ariz.
Chris Fabry Live builds up the spiritual immune system of believers. As you walk through the journey of faith called the Christian life, you meet new people, learn new things, laugh, cry and, most importantly, grow in your understanding of God. With his sense of humor, sense of people and no sense of direction, host Chris Fabry treks that journey with you each weekday. Current events and issues, caller interaction, special guests and a few surprises all complement each other on this program. Chris Fabry Live challenges and encourages listeners in their journeys of faith.