Russell Dean, General Manager | email Russell
Russell Dean was born in Montgomery and grew up in Jackson, Alabama. In 1974 he married his high school sweetheart, Amy Morton. Graduating from Auburn in 1975 with a degree in Mass Communications, he didn’t know that degree would prove useful thirty years later in 2005. Russell was a high school football and baseball coach for seven years at Jackson High School. He was fortunate to be on the 1979 football staff that won the AAA State Championship. Several years later he became the sales manager with New York Life in Mobile.
After graduating from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989, he served churches in Louisiana and Alabama before coming on board with Faith Broadcasting in February of 2005.
Russell and Amy have three grown children. Sam and wife, Sherise, live in Hazel Green with daughter, Elin. He serves full time with the Alabama National Guard. Benjamin works for a military contractor at Fort Rucker while living in Enterprise. Emily is a math instructor and husband, Devin teaches biology at Pelham High School. The Murrays have four children: Dean, Emma James, Preston and Brooks.
Bob Crittenden, Director of Special Projects | email Bob |
Host of The Meeting House
Bob Crittenden was born in Marietta, Georgia, in the greater Atlanta area, on April 7, 1959, and remained in his hometown through 1976. When he graduated from Marietta High School, Bob departed for college at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a B.S. Degree in Communications.
While attending UT in Knoxville, he began his broadcasting career in 1978, working weekends at WKVQ, a local Christian radio station. Other stints in Knoxville included a Top 40 and Country outlet, before going “back home” to the metro Atlanta area to WYNX, a Christian station, in 1980, where he served as not only an Account Executive, but also as an announcer, and did play-by-play for high school football and basketball games.
Bob’s Alabama experience began with WDJC-FM in Birmingham in 1982, where he served as Program Director, Account Executive, and co-host of the station’s morning show. He also served as Sales Manager and Account Executive at WBAM-FM in Montgomery.
Bob arrived at Faith Radio in 1991, hosted “Morning Praise” for 13 years, and, in 2004, launched “The Meeting House”, a program of music and conversation heard weekday afternoons from 4 until 6.
In 1990, Bob married his wife, Beth, a graduate of Prattville High School and Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She teaches at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School. Their first child, AnnaBeth, was born in 1995, and their second child, Eric, came along in 1997. Bob enjoys reading and music. Beth likes cooking, reading, and scrapbooking.
Billy Irvin, Director of Ministry Relations | email Billy
Billy Irvin and his wife, Camilla, have two daughters, Nikki and Alissa, and a son-in-law Beau. He has over 10 years experience in radio broadcasting. Billy was born and raised in Montgomery. He graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a degree in Business and has over 25 years of business computer technology experience.
At Faith Radio, Billy is responsible for developing the ministry through prayer, fund-raising events, speaking and emceeing at public events, while also making personal visits to churches, and community events that promote Christ at work. While leading the ministry to have over $800,000 in annual gifts, Billy participates in the on-air ministry team, making remote broadcasts from throughout the listening area. Additionally, Billy leads Faith Radio's social media communications that touches thousands of people each day through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He regularly communicates on the air to share stories of God’s faithfulness. Billy says, “Faith Radio is a regular part of my daily life and has taught me to be a better father, husband, bible teacher, and follower of Christ. Faith Radio provides Psalm 1:2-3 …as we are ‘like a tree planted by steams of water’ when we listen, learn and meditate on His word and His teachings from the music and great programs heard daily on Faith Radio.”
Billy and his wife have taught 9th graders for over 16 years at his church, where he has served in many other areas including Deacon Chairman, Building Committee, and Prayer Committee. Billy is also involved in many community organizations. He is former President of the YMCA Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, served on the board of the Montgomery Medial Outreach Ministries, emcees Distinguished Young Women of Alabama, and greatly enjoys participating in Alabama Raceway Ministries. He loves sports and is the public address announcer at high school football and basketball games. He loves public speaking and has emceed and spoken to small and large audiences throughout Alabama churches, schools, banquets, and special events about how much God loves us and shares current stories about how God is at work all around us.
Jeremy Smith was born in Athens, Alabama where he grew up and started his radio career at the age of 19 for a Top 40 station WZYP. He also worked for other stations affiliated with WZYP, including doing high school football play by play for sports station WUMP, and hosting a high school football highlight show for low power TV station WZTV. In 1998 he answered God’s call to use his talents in Christian radio, and joined WFIX in Florence, AL where he hosted the night show, as well as serving as the morning newsman, and did play by play for high school football. It was during his time at WFIX that he met his future wife Tiffany, and they married on May 17, 2003. Jeremy spent nearly 8 years at WFIX before he and Tiffany moved to Greenville, SC taking a position as Music Director and Afternoon Host for “The Walk,” a Christian station that was in Greenville. “The Walk” folded in 2006 and Jeremy spent the next few years working in Auto insurance until God opened the door for him to return to Christian radio and join the Faith Radio family. Jeremy now lives in Montgomery with his wife Tiffany, their daughter Ariana and son Callen.
Mary Kirkland, Editor, On-Air Personality | email Mary |
Host of FaithSongs
Mary Kirkland was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. After high school, she attended and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in print journalism. She then attended Georgetown University’s Institute of Political Journalism. After moving back from Washington, D.C., she worked for her hometown newspaper, The Dothan Eagle.
Mary moved into broadcasting when she accepted a job as a producer for Alabama Public Television in Montgomery. After two years at APT, Mary became an on-air reporter for WSFA 12News.
It was also about that time that Mary met her husband, Keith, and they married in 2001. Mary loved working for WSFA but found the schedule too demanding after becoming a wife. She eventually left that station and became a pharmaceutical sales representative for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the industry. Mary then decided to become a stay-at-home mom after she and Keith had their first child, Kaleb.
Mary stayed home full time for almost 9 years and during that time, she and Keith also had Kathryn and Kendall. After much prayer, Mary decided to join the Faith Radio staff in 2013.
Mary now gets to share her passion for the Lord as she hosts FaithSongs and her love for writing comes in handy as she writes for and edits the Ministry Magazine and monthly newsletters for Faith Radio.
When Mary is not busy with her family, she enjoys reading anything that challenges her spiritually and doing some writing on her own. She also enjoys exercising. Her life verse comes from Romans 12:2- “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Ramona Henson, Graphic Design Coordinator |
Ramona was born and raised in Montgomery in the Christian home of Andrew and Julia Carr on August 27, 1963. She is a 1981 graduate of Carver High School and attended Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery, majoring in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Computer Graphic Design. She has used her talent as a graphic designer at a local advertising agency, printing company and in her own business before joining the Faith Radio team as the Graphic Design Coordinator in March 2006.
She and her husband Geoff have lived in Louisiana, Guam and South Carolina while serving the USAF before returning home to Montgomery in 1994. They are the proud parents of one son, Zachary Tyler, born August 3, 1997.
Jesus came into Ramona’s heart at the early age of six and was baptized one week later on her seventh birthday. God later spoke to her through a revival evangelist, who communicated the gospel with chalk drawings as he preached the message. She envisioned through those messages that God, the Grand Designer, would later use her passion for art and design to share His perfect love for His glory and His purpose.
Kim Thrasher Sauce is serving Faith Radio as Office Manager. She was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and has lived and worked here most of her life. She attended Jefferson Davis High, and is a college graduate from Auburn University in Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is blessed that her diversified work experience as Engineering Work Controller, Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, and Community Educator, equipped her to be suited for this position with Faith Radio.
After graduating college, Kim moved to Huntsville, Alabama where she worked for B.C.S.S., a Boeing Subsidiary. It wasn’t long before she met and married Louisiana native, Cameron Sauce, in 1990. He has been in records management and retention business as Operations Manager since 1988, and presently works for Access Information Management here in Montgomery. Kim and Cam are proud parents of two incredible boys, C.J. and Nicholas, who they love and enjoy thoroughly.
Kim is an active member at Frazer United Methodist Church where she attends Women In Christ Sunday School Class, leaning and growing in God’s grace through Christ. She participated in the Walk to Emmuas where God placed her in a ladies group of prayer warriors also near and dear to her heart. Kim is very excited to be a part of Faith Radio’s ministry and family. She is thankful and aware of how hard the Lord has worked in her life… guiding her way and creating the path to where she is today. She gives Christ all the glory!
Ken Senes, host of Praise Through the Night | email Ken
Kenneth (Ken) Charles Senes was born and raised in Seabrook, Maryland. He was then born again during a James Robison evangelistic crusade in 1976 in Dothan, Alabama.
He is married to Aleda Kay, who is a RN. They met in West Palm Beach, Florida and have been married 42 years. They have two sons, Jonathan and David, and nine grandchildren.
Ken graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a BA degree in Broadcast Communications and Bible. He was employed with Moody Broadcasting for 33 years. Twenty-two of those years were spent as an assistant and operations manager and morning drive host. Ken worked the other 11 years as a stewardship representative with Moody Bible Institute.
Ken is a member and deacon of Parkview Baptist Church in Eufaula. He sings in the church choir, serves as an alternate Sunday School teacher and works with the church’s food bank. He also serves as a member of the Parkview Christian School Board and is president of The Eufaula Project, a ministry of evangelization and promoting the Gospel of Christ.
Ken enjoys the game of golf (although he doesn’t claim to be good) and he also enjoys boating, scuba diving and attending Church potlucks.
His favorite scriptures are Psalm 143:8-10 and Psalm 32:8.
Kim Hendrix, host of Shine | email Kim
Kim Hendrix is someone who for more than 20 years, came into your living room on a regular basis delivering the news on WSFA-12-News.
She changed careers almost four years ago in order to have more time with her family. In the spring of 2010, Kim accepted the position of Development Director at Saint James School in Montgomery where her 13 year old daughter Annie is currently in the 8th grade. As this school year ends, Kim will transition into the position of Director of Media Ministries at Frazer Memorial UMC, where she will work to effectively use all means of communicating God’s word--from television to print and social media. Kim is married to Scott Skoneki and this year they’ll celebrate 18 years of marriage!
Kim stays involved in the community and in ministry. She helped develop a praise and worship service at Frazer UMC called “Shine Your Light” and she writes a regular monthly column in River Region Journey magazine called “Shine”. She also served as a lay member on the Board of Ordained Ministry for several years; the Board of Magic Moments and is active on the Board of Montgomery County Distinguished Young Women. She also served as chair of “Women of Influence”; and has served as a spokesperson for HBDA-Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama.
Kim enjoys working to build up our community, believing if we all pull together and use the resources and contacts God has allowed us to develop over the years, great things happen!