Direct Line with Wayne Kent
Wednesdays from 5-6pm on 1340AM WSOY & 103.3FM
Direct Line is a live, call-in radio show looking at issues of the day. Matters of religion and spirituality receive special attention, particularly as they interplay with relative news items of the day. Host Wayne Kent and the program directors strive to bring topics to the air that interest the people of Decatur and the surrounding community. Interviews, commentary, and responses have formed part of each show since debuting in November 2005.
Direct Line receives the full backing of the staff and management of WSOY and is fully promoted by its own marketing plan, including on-air promotions. This gives added indirect exposure to all of Direct Line’s sponsors and advertisers.
Wayne Kent, host of Direct Line, has been a part of the Decatur community since January 1994. Since that time, he has been the Lead Pastor of First Christian Church, the city’s oldest congregation.
Wayne has a good understanding of the local, national, and international arenas. He was born and raised in Australia with an Aussie heritage going back many generations. Wayne’s family immigrated to Canada when he was eleven years old, and as a result, he spent his teenage years in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Following college in Oklahoma, Wayne spent five years in Europe traveling with a contemporary Christian band comprised of a talented mix of people from various backgrounds. During those years, he toured and performed in more than a dozen nations, which included an extended tour of South Africa during the days of apartheid. Many of the concerts in Europe were in former communist nations. Much of the band’s work was under the watchful eye of the KGB, the Soviet Union’s secret police. The band sold more than eight million albums in the Soviet Union alone.
Wayne has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Divinity degree from Phillips Graduate Seminary, and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.
Wayne's international exposure and education in both business and theology allows him to address issues of public concern as they relate to spirituality.
Wayne and his wife, Leslie, have been happily married for more than 30 years and have two married children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Joel Fletcher is the Foundation Director for HSHS St. Mary’s hospital in Decatur and Good Shepherd hospital in Shelbyville. Previously, he was General Manager of the Herald & Review in Decatur and also served as general manager for local radio corporations Cromwell Group and NextMedia Group (now Neuhoff Media). Joel and his wife Stacey moved to Decatur in 1987 and are members of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Decatur. They have two daughters.
Rick Grace has served in pastoral ministry for more than 45 years. Together with his wife, Nancy, they have served churches in Illinois, Kansas, and Arkansas. Rick has served in a variety of roles, from Youth Pastor to solo Pastor to Lead Pastor. He currently serves on staff at First Christian Church Decatur, as the Disciple Heritage Fellowship Church Liaison. Rick earned his doctorate from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. The Graces have two children and six grandchildren.
Ellen Moma was raised in Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Blue Mound, Illinois after receiving the call to serve as the Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church of Blue Mound on January 1, 1998. Prior to moving to Illinois, she served churches in Central Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Lexington Theological Seminary. Ellen is married to Jeff Moma.
Duane Noland is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives based in Springfield. Duane’s family has been a member of Shelby Electric Cooperative since 1938 and he is the fourth president of the association, since formed in 1942. He previously served four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and two terms in the Illinois Senate, retiring as Assistant Majority Leader. Duane served on the board of directors for Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital and is a director of The Community Foundation of Macon County. He and his wife Tina are members of First Christian Church of Decatur. They have three children and seven grandchildren and are the seventh generation to reside on the centennial family farm in Macon and Christian counties.
For questions regarding Direct Line, contact the church office at 217.875.3350.