Carla Heiple, Office Manager
"Hello Letter" from Carla
Hello Listening Family:
I’m Carla Heiple, and I am so excited to join the WBNH team. I grew up here in Pekin and graduated from Pekin Community High School. I am married to a Pekin guy, Jeremy, and we have 5 children—4 boys and 1 girl. Our home is gradually working its way to an empty nest; this year we have 3 of the kids in college, and our youngest just started 8th grade. We attend Harvest Bible Chapel. Jeremy runs a law practice in Peoria that focuses on providing legal advice from the Christian perspective, and his office serves many churches and ministries across Central Illinois.
My own faith journey goes all the way back to 6th grade when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. Then God started a real work in my heart at age 19 during a Good Friday service when I was challenged to authentically walk the talk. With the guidance of some amazing college and career mentors, I stepped out on this lifelong journey of growing to know and love my Lord.
Looking back, it probably shouldn’t surprise me that God would lead me here to the radio station since music has always been an important part of my life (thanks for the piano lessons and choir practices, Mom). I am so grateful that God created music and put a song in our heart. Music can touch us and speak his love like nothing else. What a privilege it is to spend my day in the midst of great Bible teaching or humming along with a tune of praise.
I look forward to meeting each of you. When you’re out near the station, drop by and say hi!
Hometown: Pekin, IL
Family members: Husband Jeremy (married 27 years). Children: Derek 30, Darby 23, Tate 20, Tanner 19, and Drae 14
Church: Harvest Bible Chapel - East Peoria, IL
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done for you? My grandparents were always there for me during my childhood, taking me to & from school, running me to ice skating practices, and bringing me ICEE's when I was home sick.
If you could add a commandment to the existing ten, what would it be? Thou shalt honor thy wife with abundant shopppinnng.
Do you have any hidden talents? I was a figure skater starting at age 7 and continued all the way through my senior year of high school. I even had the Dorothy Hamill hair style when I soloed for the Pekin Figure Skating Team.
Best concert? Was a powerful night of worship led by the David Crowder Band at Harvest Bible Chapel's Elgin campus. The room was packed with a melting pot of diverse Chicago cultures. We all sang, cried, and lifted high the name of Jesus. It felt like a glimpse of Heaven.
What are your favorite hobbies? Cooking, entertaining, shopping, spending time with friends over coffee...did I mention shopping?
How has Christ changed your life? I accepted Christ at a girl's gathering in 6th grade. I was blessed to sit under Dr. Bruce Dunn's teaching at Grace Presbyterian for many years and remember being challenged by Dr. Dunn during a Good Friday service to authentically walk the talk. That moment was the turning point in my life, and it has been the foundation that I have kept coming back to as I have encountered life's storms. God's exceedingly great promises have always been there for me to lean into, season by season.
Favorite Bible verse? Colossians 2:7 "Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness." This verse was the basis of a two-year Bible study from The Navigators that deeply influenced my life.
Dorothy Abbott, Bookkeeper
Hometown: Delavan, IL
Family members: Married with one daughter named Ashlee (Seth) and grandchild Levi born in 2015
Church: Grace Evangelical Church—Morton, IL
If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be? 1. When you pray for another person, be willing to do the part I lay upon your heart to meet the person's needs (too often we pray and leave it to God to do all the work!). 2. Remember that whatever you do to another person, you do to God.
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why? James. I see him as an encourager to the people. I love to coach, mentor, and help others discover their abilities and talents.
What do you think delights God above everything else? Obedience to God's Word delights Him above everything else.
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get and why? I would probably get an endless supply of fried chicken (I know it's not healthy but it sure tastes good!).
If they made a movie of your life, what would be the title and who would play you? The movie would be titled, "Against the Odds." The movie would focus on how a person can accomplish much in life in spite of adversity in their childhood. I'm a big believer that one's past doesn't have to define their future. Perhaps I'd choose Melissa Gilbert (from Little House on the Prairie) to play my role.
If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why? White Chocolate Raspberry. It tastes good and also reminds me of Christ's purity (white) and blood (swirls of raspberry) sacrifice on the cross.
How has Christ changed your life? I turned my life over to Christ when I was in my early 20's. My childhood was less than ideal but I always felt God's presence through the valleys. My desire was to obey God. He has not disappointed me. In fact, He has blessed me in ways beyond my imagination (beautiful, loving, caring daughter; wonderful career from which I retired after 30+ years). There are so many blessings in life if we obey God.
Favorite Bible verse? Matthew 25:35-40. Verse 40 is my favorite - "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
Daniel Cushman, Production Manager
Hometown: Caribou, ME (lived in Central IL since 2001)
Family Members: Married to wife Rachel since 2012. Daughter Chelsea born September 2015.
Church: New Life Christian Church - Morton, IL
Do you have any hidden talents? Years ago I used to act and sing in church plays and was the lead role once!
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime? Attend a Super Bowl (Hopefully the Colts are playing!)
What are your favorite hobbies? Keeping up with Technology, Video production, Following/Watching sports especially the Cubs, Colts, Fighting Illini and Mavericks.
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
Proverbs is my favorite because of the great wisdom we can learn from the book for our daily walk with the Lord. Love to follow the 'Proverb a day' program, where you read a chapter on Proverbs on that same day number of the month!
What is the best concert you’ve been to and why? Winter Jam in Bloomington featuring Newsboys, tobyMac, Newsong and others
How has Christ changed your life? Grown up in the church and accepted Christ at age 7. Know that God is always there whenever we need him and no problem is too big. He has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him with my talents He has given me in able to reach the lost and also nurture believers here at WBNH.
Favorite Bible verse? Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Keith Lang, Operations Manager
Hometown: Morton / Peoria, IL
Family members: Married to Becky (7 years) and 3 children Judah (6 yrs), Rayah (4 yrs), Faith (2 yrs). Parents: Mark and Jane, sister: Kari (brother-in-law Jake), brother: Krys and his wife Evelyn and sons Krystofer, Isaac and Lucy.
Church: Hilltop Campus Church - Peoria, IL
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done for you? Die for me on the cross.
If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be? Thou shalt have a daily quiet time with God. Thou shalt listen to WBNH!
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why? Revelation because it reveals who Jesus is in His glory. It also gives understanding as to what will happen in the age to come (and as a bonus, it’s the only book that says you will be blessed by reading it...Rev 1:3). The Spirit and bride say, “Come!” -Rev 22:17. The gospels are equally my favorite.
Who has been the greatest influence in your Christian life and why? My parents, although I didn’t appreciate them as when I finally surrendered my life to Jesus. I can look back and see where they have led me in truth and love according to the Bible, and I am very thankful for that today. Thanks for teaching me obedience mom and dad. Also the Holy Spirit who motivates me to live for the Kingdom and my pastor who helped me gain a love for the Word.
What do you think delights God above everything else? A repentant heart. -Luke 15:7
Do you have any hidden talents? juggling, eating, sleeping, snuggling my kids!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? an eagle...so I could soar above the clouds
How has Christ changed your life? Because of His blood, I am a new creation (2Cor 5:17). In my earlier years, I rebelled against God and was a compromising "Christian". I knew how to ‘play church’ but was lukewarm to the core. On November 3, 2007, I was so convicted by the Holy Spirit, He gave me godly sorrow, and I repented and completely surrendered my life—all control finally—to Jesus. I haven’t looked back since and have truly seen the fruit of seeking Him first (Matt 6:33) and walking in newness of life (Rom 6:4). Thank you to all those who prayed for me and for Jesus who died that I might live. If you want to talk about how you can also be set free from the bondage of sin (and you can be free!) give me a call at the radio station 636-8850, or send me an email at email@example.com. You can also read the gospel here. Jesus has the words of ETERNAL LIFE!
Favorite Bible verse? "But Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'" -John 6:68-69
Jim Huber, Station Manager
Hometown: Fairbury, IL, I’ve been a resident of Peoria since 1979.
Family members: I am married to Jean (32 years), have two sons, Jimmy (married to Abi) and Johnny. We have two grandsons - Alex, (b 7/2/10) and Sully (b 10/12/12). I am one of ten children. And my father is still living.
If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be? Thou shalt not commit sarcasm. Thou shalt always bless your children.
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why? Mark. Because it’s an action book. It’s like a play-by-play of what happened. To be there during Jesus’ last days would have really been something to experience!
Who has been the greatest influence in your Christian life and why? My older brothers. I have two, Bruce (of Morton) and Steve (of Carmel, IN). Here are two Christian men who, by their example, have always been a huge influence in my life, first as big brothers when I was a little kid, but now as excellent examples of how Christian men conduct themselves in a sometimes cruel world. Yes, we’re human. But I see excellent examples of how to handle situations. I am fortunate in that I see Bruce every now and then since he lives just a few minutes away. Steve was best man at my wedding.
What do you think delights God above everything else? There is a favorite song of mine called “Favorite Song Of All”. How’s that for a title? It’s about how God (and his angels) rejoice when just one sinner repents and comes to accept Jesus Christ as his savior.
Are you a morning or night person and why? Morning. It’s kind of ironic because everyone likes to sleep in, but I enjoy getting up and getting going. I think I learned that from my Dad, who had my younger brothers and I up early all the time when we were young to help him clean his clothing store before school every day. He taught me how to work. Mornings are always fresh; God gives us a new day every day. There are fresh things to enjoy every day and they happen in the morning.
What are your favorite things to do? I like to bike-ride on the trails around central Illinois and beyond when I can. I like going for evening walks with my wife.
What is the best concert you’ve been to and why? Bill Gaither’s Homecoming. It’s both a worship experience in that the songs do that. But it’s a lot of fun. I just love watching some of their videos. They prove you can be a Christian and still enjoy life as God gives it to us. Other excellent concerts include Selah, The Gettys and Fernando Ortega.
How has Christ changed your life? I always thought that the perfect job would make me happy. After jumping from one dead end job to another, I remember my father telling me “get your spiritual life in order and the rest will fall in place”. I attended the church where my parents were baptized but I never really considered that I “needed God”. One Sunday in October 1982, God spoke to me loud and clear. I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior at age 26. I know now that the older you get the more of a challenge it is to turn your life over to Christ. So, I guess we’re all miracles, aren’t we?
Favorite Bible verse? Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It’s exactly what happened to me!