As Hope for the Heart Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Longtime Radio Broadcaster Honored for Invaluable Contribution to Christian Communications
June Hunt, founder and chief servant officer of Hope for the Heart, a ministry that provides biblical hope and practical help for everyday problems, received the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of Fame Award at the organization’s annual convention last week. Hunt began hosting the “Hope for the Heart” radio broadcast 35 years ago, added the “Hope in the Night” live counseling program in 1996, and has developed more than 100 “Keys for Living,” upon which the ministry’s biblical counseling solutions are based.
The Hall of Fame Award is NRB’s most prestigious award, which it presents to one individual member each year for contributions to Christian broadcasting, impact on individuals, and example of faithfulness to Christ. It stands as a witness for current communicators and showcases those who uphold the highest standards in their ministry work and blaze trails for succeeding generations to follow.
“Receiving the Hall of Fame Award is a great honor, but all the glory goes to God for how He has used and blessed our ministry,” Hunt said. “People often ask me about my initial vision for Hope for the Heart, but in truth, I had none – we have always just followed where the Lord led us, meeting the unmet needs where He revealed them to us. It is the Lord who says, ‘I know the plans I have for you.’ We are just grateful to be a part of His work, sharing the hope He gives us for the future, especially for people who have had experiences that devastated their hearts.”
As a conference speaker, Hunt discovered there were no Christian resources on difficult topics that so many people were dealing with, such as childhood sexual abuse and manipulation. She saw many holes and wrote “Keys for Living” on these topics to fill that need.
Having founded Hope for the Heart and its eponymous radio program in 1986, Hunt’s impact spans multiple decades as a faithful, inspiring voice in Christian communications. Recognized for her call-in counseling program and her role as one of the few female voices on national radio, Hunt’s biblical and practical resources that cover more than 100 topics have been translated into 36 languages and used in more than 60 countries on 6 continents, enabling the ministry to reach millions with God’s truth.
“It is incredible to see the growth of Hope for the Heart since June’s initial broadcast in 1986,” said Curtis Hail, chief executive officer of Hope for the Heart. “The ministry has flourished and impacted the lives of countless individuals, and we look forward to helping even more people through our new program ‘Lifeline to Hope,’ based on June’s ‘Keys for Living.’”
Having launched this year, “Lifeline to Hope” is a suite of products on lay caregiving – including online training videos and courses as well as digital downloads and curriculum, all designed to equip people to provide support, encouragement, and spiritual care to those struggling with mental, emotional and spiritual health issues. “Lifeline to Hope” was developed by Hope for the Heart’s chief strategy officer, Dr. Eric Scalise, based on the ministry’s cornerstone resource – providing practical, biblical guidance for everyday problems.
About June Hunt
June Hunt, M.A., is an author, singer, speaker and founder of Hope for the Heart, a worldwide biblical counseling ministry. Her lifework has yielded landmark contributions in the field of Christian counseling. Early family pain was the catalyst that shaped Hunt’s compassionate heart. Later as a church youth director, and subsequently a college/career director, she became aware of the need for sound biblical counsel. This led Hunt to a lifelong commitment to provide God’s truth for today’s problems. As an accomplished musician with 5 vocal CDs, Hunt was a soloist for the Billy Graham Crusades, toured with the USO, and appeared on NBC’s “Today Show.”