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Rhema Broadcasting Group Chairman steps down

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Hal Short, Chairman of the Rhema Broadcasting Group (RBG) Board and President of United Christian Broadcasters International is stepping down from full time involvement with these ministries.

Commenting on his decision Hal said "These are exciting days with exciting opportunities for us to be more effective than ever before.

"Today new media platforms make it possible to reach millions without setting foot outside New Zealand. We have the people and the resources to play a part in ushering vast numbers into the Kingdom of God.

"However, a new day requires new ideas and a new generation of people to drive them.

With that in mind it is time for me to step down as Chairman of RBG and other boards and let others step up and make their mark." he said.

Hal began his journey with Radio Rhema in 1974 joining founder Dick Berry as a full time worker to establish the Wellington operation. For the next 18 years all staff worked without a wage or salary. Today Rhema has grown from a dream to become the 4th largest broadcasting group in New Zealand.

From humble beginnings as a volunteer Hal grew with the ministry and served as President until handing over the day-to-day running of RBG to John Fabrin in 2000. He then turned his attention to applying the success of the Rhema model around the world.

Hal was instrumental in developing United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) and the affiliate operations in the UK, USA, Australia, Asia and Africa. Today there are 32 affiliates and related groups, operating in such far flung places as Madagascar, Brazil, the Philippines and Estonia. The UCB group and its partners connect daily with several million people in at least 25 different languages through radio, television, print and online platforms. Hal has served on many of the affiliate boards and as President of UCB International, the umbrella organisation, for the last decade.

"My wife Annette and I have made many wonderful friends over the years and we have been amazed at what the Lord has done and the faithfulness of the members during challenging times," said Hal

Paying tribute to Hal, Mike Brewer current CEO for RBG said: "His contribution to the ministry will have eternal significance.

"Hal has been a wonderful support and leaves an amazing legacy as a pioneer of much of the current ministry that began with Dick Berry. Hal has contributed nearly 40 years of service to the vision and mission to connect people to Christ through media, said Mike.

While Hal has stepped down at this time, he will attend the RBG AGM later in the year to say farewell to supporters and partners of the ministry and give the current board the opportunity to recognise the rich contribution and heritage he will leave.

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