Our Staff

 

 John McBride, Network Director - The WLUJ Family of Stations (Springfield, IL) and Good News Radio (Carthage, IL)

   John McBride came to WLUJ in June of 1999 to be the Station Manager. Prior to that John managed Radio Station KICY in Nome, Alaska for more than ten years, a mission radio station started in 1960 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. John also became the KMDY Station Manager in 2011.

  John attended John Brown University with a major in Music Education, but also worked summers and holidays at the school radio station. John has served as an area director for Child Evangelism Fellowship and also as Christian Education Director for a ministry to Navajo Indians at a mission started by his parents. He also worked as a public school music teacher, and as a store manager for Radio Shack.
   John believes in the importance "Lifting Up Jesus" through the medium of radio, allowing people to hear the "Good News" proclaimed wherever they live or travel in Central through the WLUJ Family of Stations, and Western Illinois/Northwest Missouri/Southeast Iowa through Good News Radio, and around the world through live streaming on the internet. 
   John and his wife Sherri live in Springfield and have three children and seven grand children.

 

 

Joey Krol, Operations Manager

   Joey serves at the stations Operations Manager.  Joey has a heart for Ministry and especially loves Christian Radio and teaching God's Word.  He has served in Christian radio for several years including at WGNN Radio in Champaign and WIBI in Carlinville.  Joey has also served as an Assistant Pastor and Christian Counselor.  One of Joey's favorite hobbies is clipping coupons.  Joey's education includes a BA and Masters Degree from Cornerstone University.  He lives in Springfield with his wife Aubrey and two kids.  Joey's E-Mail addess is: JOEY@WLUJ.ORG   

 

   

 Howard Fouks, Chief Engineer 

    Howard Fouks has been Chief Engineer since 2001. He has also served as Operations Manager from 1999 to 2009 and Station Manager from 1987 to 1999.  Prior to his arrival in Central Illinois, Howard served as announcer and engineer at WGMO in Shell Lake Wisconsin.  Also he received on-air training at the old WGNR in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

   Having served now at WLUJ since 1987, Howard says, "I have witnessed much change here at WLUJ, in my life and in our country.  But God does not change and He is available to help us through our changing world with His daily grace!  I like the verses in Hebrews chapter 4:14-16 that reminds us to come before our high priest Jesus Christ with confidence when we are weak and tempted to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need.  Jesus is there to provide the daily grace we all need as we approach Him in prayer. When we appropriate His wonderful grace it keeps us serving Him with glad hearts and a desire to proclaim His glory".     
   Howard's education includes Biblical studies and broadcasting, as he studied at the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music and received a degree in Christian Broadcasting.
   Howard and his wife Susie reside in Springfield.

 

 

Lonnie Lein, Production Manager    

    Lonnie Lein joined the WLUJ staff in 2001.  He is a Southern California native who grew up in the small mountain town of Idyllwild, and he fell in love with tape recorders and sound recording when he was in 8th Grade.  He holds an AA in Electronics Technology from College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California and a BS in Broadcasting from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  He spent the summer of 1979 as a volunteer at TGNA, a Christian station in Guatemala City.

   Lonnie worked as a recording engineer, writer, sound editor and camera operator for Wycliffe Bible Translators for nine years before marrying and moving to Knoxville, Tennessee.  There he worked for Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church as an office purchaser, sound technician, and maintenance man.

   Lonnie's duties at WLUJ include downloading radio programs, promos and public service announcements, preparing them for broadcast, programming the on-air computer for each broadcast day, and writing Community Calendars and other radio scripts.  

   His wife, Dr. Glenna Schroeder-Lein, has written a number of Civil War books, the latest being Lincoln and Medicine, and she works as a historian and manuscript researcher for the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. She also writes and records the short History of the Christian Church, heard three times on Sunday on WLUJ.  

 

 

 

Richard Beaman, Senior Director of Underwriting   

   
Richard Beaman has been a part of the Springfield area's Christian radio ministry for 20 years.  After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1960, Rich went to work for a Kokomo, Indiana company called Continental Steel Corp.  On the road as a traveling salesman he got much of his Christian encouragement by tuning to Christian radio stations wherever he could find one.  Presented with a need and realizing the value of Christian radio's ministry to people with jobs such as his, Rich enthusiastically accepted a position on Lincolnland Christian Radio Ministries Board, the fundraising arm for WLUJ in the early days.   

   For several years, Rich was also a part of WLGM which broadcast a mix of traditional Christian Inspirational and Southern Gospel music.  Rich has worn many different hats while serving with Springfield's Christian radio stations over the years, and he's counted it a real blessing to watch the work grow, adapt and become an integral part of the Lord's ministry here in the Springfield and surrounding areas. 
   As WLUJ's Director of Underwriting, Rich enjoys working with the local businessmen and women in our area who support the station's ministry by underwriting a portion of the cost of daily broadcasting.

Rich also currently serves as Vice President of Broadcasting on the board of directors for Cornerstone Community Radio,Inc." which is the parent company of WLUJ
   Rich and his wife Lydia live in Springfield.  They attend Berean Baptist Church where Rich serves on its board of deacons.  Lydia recently retired from the Berean Baptist Academy where she served for 25 years. They raised three children in the Springfield area, and their children have each married wonderful Christian spouses who have given them seven fantastic grandchildren.  Rich gratefully exclaims, "The Lord is good!"

 

  

Wayne Langhein, Finance   

   Wayne has had a lifelong interest in radio, auditioning (unsuccessfully) with the campus radio station upon entering the University of Iowa in Iowa City more than 50 years ago. 

    Another passion is ministry, having spent nine years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis.  He began as a computer operator and spent five years in management of the Data Processing and Mail Processing departments. 
   For another thirteen years he distributed visual media to Illinois and surrounding areas as owner and operator of Fellowship Films in Springfield.  Many pastors around the area still remember renting 16mm films from Wayne and his staff.  During this time, Wayne also produced and emceed the Christian Film Awards ceremonies for three years. 
   After a career working with computers, finance and communication, Wayne is excited to be spending his semi-retirement years finally involved with Christian radio and thankful for what God is doing in Central Illinois through The WLUJ Family of Stations
   Wayne is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Mathematics and also received a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary with an emphasis in Biblical languages.  When asked whether math, languages and communication have any relation, Wayne says "Of course!  Math is objective and precise!  Words and their various forms are objective, and communication that does the job well has a distinct point and focus.  I'm thankful that the programming we provide from WLUJ focuses on Jesus Christ and the ongoing difference He makes in a person's life."    
   Wayne and his wife Pat are both natives of Iowa.  They have two adult children, one of whom lives in Springfield and one in Arizona.

 

 

Liz Eilers, Underwriting Director 

     Liz Eilers brings her experience of Underwriting for other Christian radio stations where she held the same position.

A native from Central Illinois, Liz is active in conservative politics on a local and  statewide level, as well as at Hope Church where she sings and greets. Recently elected to Precinct Committeeman for a second term, Liz has a passion for good government. She has served on the steering committee of the Illinois Center Right Coalition, on the Board of Directors of Springfield Right to Life for a number of years, and does public speaking/writing on the "Socio-economic Impact of Abortion in America".

Liz has served on a number of campaigns for conservative leaders seeking office. Among them; Field Directors for Jim Oberweis and Adam Andrzejewski for Governor, Field Directors for Congressman Bobby Schilling, and Senator Sam McCann, Illinois State Director for Herman Cain for President, Regional Coordinator for Rick Santorum, and other campaigns.

Missions are another passion of Liz's. As home Team Coordinator for her friend Dr. Ruth Mayforth; missionary to Kenya and having served on a short term mission to Haiti herself, Liz has a heart of compassion for those whom God calls "The least of these."

Liz raised 2 great kids (with God's grace) as a single mom and now enjoys her first grandchild whom Liz claims is the cutest baby in the world. Liz's phone number is 217-725-8993. Liz's email address is liz@wluj.org.

 

 

Shannon Valadez, Office Manager

       Shannon was adopted into the Henderson family and has 2 sisters and 1 brother, but she is #14 of 16 children of her biological family.  Shannon started volunteering for WLUJ during Thanksgiving Sharathon in 2001 and has volunteered for every Sharathon since.  In November 2012, she came on staff as Office Manager.  

     Shannon says "I'm living my dream job, working for Christian Radio as an Office Manager."  Shannon worked 30 years for the State of Illinois and now she serves others by working for Christian Radio.  Shannon says "I know the importance of WLUJ Christian Radio.  I was dealing with a bad depression when I started listening.  Radio reaches out where other people can't; Shut-ins, prisons, foreign countries, hospitals, nursing homes, and people with depression."

     She married Jose Alfredo Valadez on January 10, 1992 and they have a son James Ernesto Valadez.