Jason Collum | Journal Staff Writer
Countless people around the United States and even the world
enjoy listening to American Family Radio (AFR) each day.
Without a certain group of people, though, those listeners might
hear nothing but static.
That group isnt the on-air staff, but the engineers. Between
constructing tower-site buildings and maintaining supporting computer
equipment, AFRs engineering team stays busy and often on the
Heading the engineering department is Joey Moody. He enjoys the
job and its demands, but is humble in talking about it.
I am not sure how comfortable I am being called the chief
engineer when there are a lot of people more qualified than me to
hold that title, Moody said.
Moody, who has been with AFR eight years, heads a team of 16 engineers
directly employed with AFR, and works with many more volunteers
out in the field. He also oversees new site construction, schedules
travel in the department and helps handle emergency and routine
The engineering department builds and maintains all the stations
in the American Family Radio Network, Moody said. We
build a good deal of the supporting equipment in an effort to save
money. We also build our own buildings for the sites and are always
looking for other ways to save money.
American Family Radio has 201 stations in 23 states across the nation.
That can make for a lot of travel and work, but Moody knows serving
God in this position is what he is supposed to do.
I left once in 1998 for four months to work in cellular, but
always felt a burden to come back to AFR, Moody said. I
feel that this is where I am supposed to be at this point in my
Before coming to AFR, Moody worked in the furniture industry after
leaving college. He says the story of how he wound up at AFR is
one that almost seems unbelievable but is true. It lets us
know that God answers prayer often in miraculous ways.
I was married a few months before I came to AFR and had to
have some kind of job, Moody said. I had taken electronics
in college as well as at a vocational center in high school. And,
my dad also worked in electrical maintenance, so it was all I knew.
About 18 months earlier on the night I gave my life
to Christ I had met a man who worked at AFR, Moody
said. He was a member at the church I joined and we were acquainted
through his sister-in-law.
In time, Moody began dating the woman who would be his wife and
attending the church where she was a member. This removed him from
contact with AFR. In time, Moody had his fill of the furniture industry,
and his desire to do something else grew. He prayed to God, asking
for a chance to work at a place like AFR.
The next night when I got home, there was a message on my
answering machine, Moody said.
It was the man from my old church. He had remembered I was
taking electronics in college and wondered if I would be interested
in coming to AFR for an interview with his boss.
I was excited that God had answered the prayer so exactly
without me even having put in an application [with AFR], Moody
said. I came for the interview thinking the whole time that
I probably would not be qualified for the job. When I interviewed,
I realized I was not qualified, but having someone who knew me allowed
them to give me a chance. I was hired on the day of my interview
and know that God was in my coming to AFR.
Moody said he has found a lot to enjoy about the job.
The best part of this job to me is knowing there is someone
counting on AFR to be their source of encouragement, and God has
given me the honor of making sure that the station is on to encourage,
he said. I know that everything we accomplish here is no doing
of mine, but rather by Gods power and might.
There have been times when I think about what I have accomplished
or done. Then I just think of what God has used people to do and
realize that I have done nothing; He simply used a tool to do His
work. If I were not here He would use someone else to do the job.
He is in control of all things and I count it a privilege to be
used by Him.
I hope that what He uses us to build will impact lives and
reach those who are lost, Moody said. We get to inform
the public of other events, but the greatest event we inform them
of is Christs death, burial, and resurrection.