John Bradshaw is New ‘It Is Written’ Speaker/Director
Succeeds Shawn Boonstra, who is stepping aside for health reasons
BY Adventist Review staff
John Bradshaw, 43, the New Zealand-born pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist congregation in College Place, Washington, is the new speaker/director of “It Is Written,” a pioneering Adventist television ministry. He succeeds Shawn Boonstra, who stepped aside in December 2010, over health concerns.
In an e-mail message to the ministry’s supporters, Boonstra described Bradshaw as “a man with a deep commitment to the cause of Christ and an obvious passion for soul-winning. … He has natural, God-given talents that make him an excellent fit for your It Is Written team, and a warm, Christ-like manner that immediately pulls you in to his experience with Jesus.”
Boonstra said of Bradshaw that “he has broad experience in evangelism and broadcasting. John has been an Adventist pastor for 15 years … he has also held more than 80 evangelistic series, both in the U.S. and abroad.”
He added, “Our backgrounds and approaches to the work are remarkably similar, and yet [John] brings new insights and abilities to It Is Written that will expand our impact and help us become even more effective in leading people to Christ.”
Earlier, in discussing his departure from day-to-day responsibilities for It Is Written, Boonstra wrote, “Due to health issues, I am relinquishing my duties as Speaker/Director of It Is Written. I take this step with considerable regret because I believe the work of It Is Written is the most important and the most exciting work on earth. … I would like to thank all of those who support this ministry, and all of those who have prayed for me these last few months.”
Founded by Seventh-day Adventist pastor George Vandeman, the program launched in 1956 on 13 television stations, and was the first religious program to air in color. After nearly 40 years at the helm, Vandeman was succeeded in 1992 by Mark A. Finley, an Adventist evangelist who is now editor-at-large for Adventist Review magazine. Boonstra took over for Finley in 2005.
Originally from New Zealand, Bradshaw was a morning radio disc jockey before his conversion, which took place during a trip to the United Kingdom and Ireland. He spent 12 years as an evangelist with Amazing Facts, a supporting Adventist ministry in Roseville, California. He was a pastor in Lexington, Kentucky, for two and one-half years and has been pastor of the Village Church in College Place for 15 months.
Bradshaw and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Jacob, age 10, and Shannon, age 8.
His sermons are broadcast on Hope Channel, where he also voices network announcements. Bradshaw and Hope Channel vice president Gary Gibbs co-host the “Bible Talk” radio program where they address Bible topics in a contemporary manner.
“John is an excellent preacher, pastor, and evangelist,” Gibbs said. “Wherever he and Melissa have pastored or held meetings, people have loved their rich spirituality and warm friendly personality. John's engaging and strong Biblical messages have blessed thousands and as the speaker-director for It Is Written, millions more will also benefit from this blessing.”
The College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church is located in College Place, Washington, a town that’s home to church-owned Walla Walla University.