According to a news release sent to the ASSIST News Service (ANS), Bixler, son of CTVN Founders Russell and Norma Bixler, has been the producer and editor of the award winning program about Creation science, Origins. He has also been involved with much of what goes on behind the scenes in many of CTVN’s productions.
“He is truly a son of the ministry,” said Nickols, “who will keep the ship moving forward during this leadership transition.”
The release went on to say that Bixler grew up in the Pittsburgh Church of the Brethren in Squirrel Hill, then attended Baldwin-Whitehall High School and graduated from Oral Roberts University after majoring in Telecommunications with a minor in Business.
While in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bixler had worked at NBC affiliate KJRH-TV in the Production Department. He planned to continue his promising career with the secular television network upon graduating. In 1980, after earnest prayer, Paul committed himself, his education and experience to the fledgling CTVN.
Paul decided obedience to God was more important than his career plans. When asked about accepting the role of Interim COO Bixler said, “I grew up with people who didn’t know that it couldn’t be done. They believed God would provide. He did then, and He still does today.”
The Board of Directors at CTVN made this decision after the unexpected death of Cornerstone TeleVision President, Ron Hembree on June 10, 2010. Hembree, a prolific writer, a familiar face as host of Focus 4, the flagship evening talk program, and televised teacher of Quick Study daily Bible reading program had led Cornerstone TeleVision since 2003. He was affiliated with the ministry and several popular programs for twenty years.
Charles Alexander, CFO, noted, “Paul is the best person to keep CTVN stable during this transition because he has the respect of our staff and his family is known by our viewers. He is a solid man who has a passion for Christian Broadcasting. He will challenge all of us to do better during this time.”
Cornerstone TeleVision Network is a Christian media ministry communicating God’s message to the nations. It owns/operates six-24/7 television stations, broadcasts “Free to Air” through KU satellite, is on Sky Angel IPTV and can be viewed on-line with live streaming at www.ctvn.org. CTVN has a demographic of 3.2 million households and produces 10 original programs on site.
Dan Wooding, Assist News Service
For more information, contact: Toni Hembree
Phone: 412-824-3930 ext. 4324