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was the weekly 30-minute radio program of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America. Broadcast on nearly 180 stations in
the United States, several European countries, Australia, New
Zealand, Puerto Rico, and heard online around the world, this
expansive ministry provided a fresh expression of Christian radio for
our changing world. All production and broadcast operations were
listener-supported. The ELCA ceased new production
of the program
in April 2009.
Grace Matters is grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and experienced in the creative thinking and lives of program guests featured every week. Host Peter
W. Marty taps into the hearts and minds of interesting people who believe that God’s grace makes a difference in the way they live their lives. From boardrooms to baseball fields, and from the
developing world to your own backyard,
Grace Matters' guests come from all walks of life. What they share in common is a desire to live faithful lives of Christ-like meaning and significance.
Rev. Peter W. Marty became the host of
in 2005. He brings to every program his engaging insights on the
and the church, meditations on Scripture, and
inspirational stories from everyday life. Marty also serves as
senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa.
|(Left to Right) The Rev. Dr. Richard Jensen,
Pastor Conrad Thompson and Pastor Walter
Prior to 2005,
Grace Matters was known as
Lutheran Vespers, a radio ministry founded by Rev. Harry
Gregerson. The program first aired on a single station in Yankton,
South Dakota – WNAX. Pastor Gregerson envisioned a permanent home for
the ministry, even dedicating a Stavkirke in 1969. He served as
speaker of the program from 1947 to 1970.
Rev. Conrad Thompson was the speaker from 1970 to 1982. Following
his retirement from the speaker’s post, Pastor Thompson and his wife,
Swanee, spent two years traveling throughout midwestern states visiting
listeners and raising funds for the ministry.
Rev. Dr. Richard Jensen was called as speaker and director of the
program from 1982 to 1993. During his years, contemporary Christian
music was added to the program format. The benediction grew as a
familiar close to the program. Rev. Larry Gedde served briefly following
In 1994, award-winning author Walter Wangerin Jr. assumed the
role of speaker. For the next ten years, “Walt” brought his personal
story-telling style of presenting the Gospel to listeners everywhere.
His legacy, and those of all who came before him, continues in a weekly
way. Grace Matters is committed to reaching people with fresh
perspective for life and the unsurpassed grace of Jesus Christ.
Nearly 60 years later,
broadcasted weekly on 175 radio station, two cable televisions
stations, and by Trans World Radio (TWR) to many parts of the world
through transmitters in Central Africa and Guam. The program aired in
Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. You can also
listen to Grace Matters on the Web.