Meet the Acts 44 Team
Every good ministry is staffed with team members whose passions are to bring the gospel message to those who need it most. We’re thankful to have such a team here. It’s the dedication and commitment of the Acts 44 team that allows us to Witness the Living Word each and every day.
Some team members have been with us for a while and others just joined. But beyond that, each person has a unique story to tell. Discover this and more by visiting the stories of the team members. Can you find the staff member who…
Was the Xavier University mascot?
Once lived in Alaska?
Has never been on an airplane?
Serving as President of WTLW TV-44 since 1997, Kevin has been a mainstay at the station since 1984 when he came to Christ through the ministry and first served as a volunteer. It was through his work here (at the Mercer County Fair while running the TV-44 promotional booth) that Kevin met his wife Lisa. Together, they have raised five sons who have made TV-44 a huge part of their family life.
Kevin’s role here is diverse: some days you’ll find him in the studio recording broadcast messages while other days he’s taking care of business matters. Partner relationships and writing are some of his special skills, and his ability to bring responsibilities into sync helps to maintain smooth station operations.
And yet he’s contemplative. Kevin listens to his team, appreciating their various backgrounds and thought processes before making the decision. This attitude is reflected in his life verse, Galatians 2:20, where scripture reminds us to crucify ourselves and follow Christ. Kevin’s humbleness is embodied by Paul’s words.
Kevin has spent most all of his life in Allen County, although he did once tour major Hollywood sets to learn about set design. Owing to his contemplative nature, Kevin once considered being a doctor; however, his degree in organizational management from Bluffton University serves him well as he leads TV-44 into the next phase of the station’s mission.
Director of Marketing, Anchor & Producer
Jennifer Beck is a mom, wife, grandma, a swim parent, a homeschooling teacher, an athlete, a health-food junkie, and a collector of clutter (last one, not by choice) as well as a TV broadcaster. She originally planned to be an architect, and has a love for historical buildings; but she chose broadcasting because, quite frankly, she wasn’t a fast enough runner to make it to the Olympics and thought a TV career might still get her there.
Broadcasting hasn’t gotten her to the Olympics, but Jennifer does have a long list of favorite memories which include interviewing Charlton Heston, covering a debate between Jay Sekulow and Patricia Ireland, and attending the Big 10 Coaches Clinic (which included an interview with Joe Paterno).
All of those pale in comparison to the main thing she has received through her career: a life-saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Jennifer interned with TV 44 in the early 90s and that is when she truly saw Jesus in action. The people at TV 44 lived their lives in ways that made her stop and analyze her own: soon she, too, became sold out to living a life for Jesus.
Jennifer spent several years as a prime time news anchor elsewhere, but “went home” at the end of 2001 to be a stay at home mom and homeschooling teacher. This led to a career as a speaker and convention coordinator, but in late 2011 God called the Beck family back to Lima and Jennifer returned to TV 44.
In addition to on-air talent, producing, and videography work, Jennifer is the Director of Marketing at TV 44, coordinates the auction, and if the sports department is shorthanded, you just might see her in one of her favorite places: on the sidelines of a Friday night high school sporting event.
Jennifer lives her life according to the principles outlined in Numbers 9:15-23. Take a moment and read it. Is your cloud settled or is it lifted? Contact Jennifer if you have questions about this!
Administration / Auction Co-Coordinator
Lima native Michele Brockert loves the opportunities God has opened for her. Thankful for her husband Jon, to whom she married in 1989, Michele joined TV 44 in 2012 after years of homeschooilng their three kids, all now grown adults: : Aaron, David, and Kristina. She came on at TV44 as a volunteer to help with the auction and now helps coordinate the annual auction each year.
Michele has a heart for the hurting: co-workers can rely on her to compile and send out weekly prayer lists from requests sent into the station. Her desire is that we all would pray over and encourage those who have called or stopped in. After all, our amazing God is able to take care of all of their needs! This passion is reflected in her life verse, I Thessalonians 5:23-24.
An organized individual, Michele loves to read and spend time with her family. She enjoys being outdoors as hiking is one of her favorite pastimes. You may be surprised to know she’s ridden in a hot air balloon! She also loves animals, including chickens. This affection for nature is represented in her desire to cook using home grown and real ingredients. If you catch her outside doing yard work, don’t be surprised if she’s weeding -- she really enjoys digging in the dirt.
Have you ever jumped out of a fully operational airplane? Melinda Edler has! It was something she wanted to try just once, so she made the trip to Skydive Greene County in Xenia and gave it a try. It was scary, but also an amazing experience.
It’s that sense of excitement that Melinda brings to TV 44. A graduate of Bluffton University, Melinda joined the sales team back in 2010 and left in 2013 to pursue other opportunities. Recently, she returned to TV 44 as an Account Representative on our sales team.
Throughout her life, Melinda has had a great love and affection for seniors and was blessed to have assumed the role of caregiver for both her mother and brother.Both of them lived with Melinda, her husband Ted, and their two daughters until each passed away in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Melinda thanks God for the tremendous support her family provided during this period of her life, stating that she couldn't have done it without them.
She and Ted married in 1995. Together they have four children: Josh, Ben, Ashley, and Amanda. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, a great steak and seafood, Melinda’s free time is spent working on home projects or enjoying her family. She’s lived in the Lima area her whole life, and we’re thankful to have her back!
As our Program Manager, Kelli is responsible for finding, and scheduling the programs we air on WTLW. The Christian and family-based programming you see on TV 44 is a result of Kelli’s strategic planning of what shows are on the air and what time they are scheduled. Co-workers know her as someone always willing to listen but also share a good story, connecting with those around her through conversation.
Kelli joined TV 44 in 1989, and by working here she met her eventual husband, Wayne. They wed in 1992 and have two children, Jessica and Chase. Family is important to Kelli and this is reflected in her favorite book of the Bible, Ruth. The story speaks to Kelli as a demonstration that God can use whoever He pleases however He pleases.
Her faith is reflected in her most common weekend activity: going to church with Wayne. Besides that, she also enjoys reading, attending grandkids sporting events, and riding bikes. Kelli has lived in a variety of places including California and England -- attending 9 different schools between kindergarten and high school.
Since 1988 there has been a constant face in our video production department: Wayne Getz. As the Production Manager for TV 44, Wayne spends his time shooting b-roll, editing video, and directing both our ministry programs as well as our sporting events.
TV 44 has had a major impact on Wayne’s life: he met his wife Kelli (who also works here) in 1989 and they married in 1992. Together they have two kids, Jessica and Chase. Wayne lived in Pittsburgh during his formative years, becoming a fan of the Steelers who he still roots for. Although riding his bike is one of his favorite activities today, when he was a very young child his mom actually enrolled him in tap dance lessons.
Nevertheless, riding his bike is something Wayne is known for around the TV 44 offices: often in the spring and summer he’ll ride it into work, getting a healthy workout before the day even begins. But spiritual health is also important to Wayne, as you’ll most often find him at church on the weekend.
Indeed, this mindset carries over to Wayne’s life verses: Romans 6:20-23. Just as Paul recognize the importance of being free from sin, Wayne embodies this scripture passage in all he does.
Originally hailing from Paulding, and known as Vicki to most, our Sales Manager Victoria Kaufman has been married to her husband Jerry for 17 years. Together they have five children: Mallory, Brandon, Michelle, Reese, Jack. They are also the proud grandparents of Cameron and Lydia!
Vicki follows several different sports teams, including both the Ohio favorite Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the Kansas City Chiefs. But as an Ottawa resident, Vicki cares deepest about the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans -- after all, spending her free time with her family is what she does more than anything else! Occasionally you might even spot the Kaufman gang hanging out at her favorite restaurant, Bandidos!
Vicki joined TV 44 in 2008 after a successful career with the Putnam County Sentinel. She works tirelessly with our advertisers to determine the best way to share their message with our viewers. Plain and simple, Vicki loves working for TV 44. Her determination to support the station is complimented by her motivational mindset. After all, her life motto is that actions always speak louder than words. Pay attention to what is around you, especially your own self.
Jeff Klingler is our Chief Engineer. He makes sure that our network remains secure, our broadcast signal operational, and our technology stays up and running. Jeff has been with us since 1994
Anchor, Reporter, & Producer
California-born Andy Lynch bring with him an unrivaled sense of fun to TV 44. From his on-air sports reporting to faith broadcasts with Jennifer Beck, Andy has been an integral part of our ministry since 2005. This 6’7 television anchor married his wife Leah in 2006 and they have two adopted children, Nathan and Anna.
Andy also represents the District 8 Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he works as a force for change in the lives of area high schoolers. Indeed, Andy’s resume not only includes our sports coverage, but also a Sports Director role in Fairbanks, Alaska as well as the Sports Information Director of Athletes in Action in Xenia.
Many of us know Jeremiah 29:11, but Andy also likes the verses that follow. Between 29:11 to 14, God’s plan is revealed for his people and Andy rests in the comfort this brings. Connecting people to Christ and helping them to go deeper in their relationship with Him is Andy’s mission, and much of what he does here and on the field reflects this goal.
While he’s lived in many places (including Syracuse, Toronto, and Pittsburgh), you’ll most commonly find him spending time with family. And occasionally you might find him taking a polar bear plunge, but to him it just feels like bath water!
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
Having a passion for your job is important, and our receptionist, Wanda Neuman, has one for hers. She’s been with TV 44 since 1984 and enjoys not only current and former co-workers, but also every guest who walks through our doors. She spends her time doing various clerical and administrative tasks, as well as, whatever else needs done that day.
Wanda’s love for God is mirrored in her life verse, Psalm 27:10. In this psalm of David, Wanda is reminded of God’s faithfulness. This faithfulness is visible throughout Wanda’s life: church and church activities are favorites, though enjoying family, time with friends, Bible studies, a good book or traveling here and across the sea are also up there for her.
Wanda has only relocated once in her life: when she moved out of her parents’ house and into the home she has lived in with her husband, Jack, for over 50 years. Together they have two great sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, four wonderful grandchildren and now, a beautiful granddaughter-in-law. After graduating from Wapakoneta High School, Wanda attended Ohio University and Ohio State and still enjoys cheering for the Buckeyes. And, perhaps, an unusual quirk: she doesn’t eat any fruit. However, she especially enjoys the cuisine of Casa Lu AL -- one of her favorite local restaurants.
WOSN Sports Director
Ben does a little bit of everything here, but as our Sports Director you’ll most often find him here until early in the Saturday morning hours making sure our sports coverage goes off flawlessly. Ben initially thought he might want to be a Secret Service agent, but instead joined TV 44 in 2010 and has been here ever since.
Coming to us from Xavier University (where he sometimes filled the role of the mascot!), Ben married his junior high sweetheart Casey in 2012. They have two children, Jackson and Ashton, but no pets. Together, their family has visited 46 of the 50 states in the country as well as 13 of the 46 national parks (including a special trip to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks where Ben and Casey got engaged).
What does the Lord require of us? The answer is found in Ben’s life verse, Micah 6:8: to do what is right, to show mercy, and to be humble. Ben reflects all of these as he leads the sports department, always willing to lend a helping hand. And while he’s a personal fan of barbeque, Ben’s desk is well known around the TV 44 offices as the station’s candy dispenser as he almost always has something new to munch on.
WTLW TV 44 made its first broadcast in 1982. Since then, one member of our team has been here the whole time: Michele Wassink. A graduate of Bath High School and attended Lima Technical College, Michele has been in the Allen County area her entire life. But, this doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to travel: indeed, she’s been on 4 of the 7 continents (though she has yet to visit Europe) and loves to visit the beach.
In her free time, you’ll often find Michele spending her days at soccer games or catch a relaxing symphony performance. As an introvert, the call to being a pastor’s wife may have come as a bit of a shock to her -- especially since her husband Joe didn’t feel that call until later in life. Married in 1990, they have four kids: Lincoln, Micah, Kaylee, and Alin.
Michele finds comfort in her favorite verse, Zephaniah 3:17, knowing that the Lord delights in her brings her great joy. She is thankful for the Lord’s provision in her life, including TV 44. She has loved working here and developing friendships through her service to the ministry. Also, she met Joe here, so in that regard Michele believes that she couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. She thanks God for TV44 - not only for herself, but for the community it serves.
Jeremiah is a recent addition to our team, joining us in September 2017 as our Digital Marketing Strategist. As both an "Inbound" & Google AdWords certified marketer, Jeremiah uses his organizational skills and digital know-how to write, analyze data, and strategize how we can better serve the Kingdom through internet marketing.
He’s read the book of James more times than anything else in the Bible, but as a runner he finds his life verse really lies in Hebrews 12:1. And while he appreciates the “great cloud of witnesses” who cheer him on, the actual clouds have always been above his head as he’s never flown!
If not behind the pulpit on a Sunday morning, Jeremiah can often be found cheering on the Buckeyes. But if you really want to know where his sports allegiance lies, it’s with his beloved Columbus Blue Jackets (who will *win* the Stanley Cup soon!).
A 2003 graduate of Ohio State and recently completing the first stage of his pastoral leadership training, Jeremiah once owned over 600 Transformers. His family is the most important thing to him: he married his wife Stephanie in 2005 and they have two kids, Connor and Camryn who both play soccer. Jeremiah and Steph first met at a funeral home, but that’s a story for another time...