What Is The Peoples Gospel Hour?
The PEOPLES GOSPEL HOUR (PGH) is a radio and literature ministry dedicated to the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unsaved world and teaching the precepts of the Word of God. The PGH stands firmly on the King James Bible and the importance of a holy Christian walk.
Pastor Perry F. Rockwood was saved as a young man in 1936, and was immediately called of the Lord to preach the Gospel. The Lord burdened his heart for the lost multitudes on the way to Hell. In 1943, he was ordained into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. He was taken up on public trial in 1947 by the presbytery in Halifax for preaching four sermons against the apostasy in the church, and consequently resigned. Our pastor then launched out by faith the same year in starting The Peoples Gospel Hour.
Pastor Rockwood continued as Director of The PGH and Pastor of Missionary Bible Church on Kent Street in Halifax. Often when asked, “When will you retire?”, Pastor Rockwood liked to respond, “When the Devil retires!” He was promoted to glory on March 7th, 2008. He is greatly missed by all of us who had the privilege to serve the Lord with him. We, as a staff have determined to continue the radio ministry, making no change and simply to follow the old paths. We pray that the ministry will continue till Jesus comes and that the Lord will give us a harvest of souls.
Pastor Rockwood started the PGH radio ministry in 1947. The first radio program aired September 5th over CKCL, a radio station in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Lord has blessed and grown the radio ministry over the past 61 years.
Currently, we broadcast on local stations across Canada, the United States of America, and on several foreign stations. Our radio programs include: “The Peoples Gospel Hour,” a thirty minute Sunday broadcast; and “Prophecy For Today,” a fifteen minute daily broadcast that airs Monday to Friday.
In the summer of 2002, our radio department underwent major changes converting from reel tape recordings, to recording messages on CD. Today, current introductions are added to archived radio messages from the past. Pray for this faith ministry and for the staff to remain faithful – Satan is our adversary. May the Lord continue to bless His precious Word as it is sent forth over the airwaves.
Pastor Rockwood purchased his first printing press and type in 1947. Then, the type was set up by hand and printing was all done in-house. As with radio, the Lord has wonderfully blessed the literature ministry down through the years. Today, the PGH ministry produces 195 booklets available through our bookroom and by mail-order.These booklets cover a variety of topics, including: the Gospel; studies of books of the Bible; topical studies of the Bible; poetry; children’s stories, etc. The PGH also produces a monthly publication called The Gospel Standard. This 16 page booklet includes: several articles to edify and challenge Christians; an ‘Apples of Gold’ page; a ‘Listeners Write’ page; a monthly letter by Pastor Rockwood, etc. Finally, we also produce a small variety of Gospel tracks . The actual printing of all of our literature is done through an outside printing business. Some of the steps in preparing the literature are still done in-house, including the folding, cutting, and stapling of some booklets and tracts.
*For a complete list of our booklets and gospel tracts, please check out our bookroom online.
Our Missionary Staff
The staff of the PGH come from a variety of backgrounds, but have in common the desire to serve the Lord as missionaries, sharing with others the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and encouraging fellow Christians. Each weekday morning, we start our work day with a devotion and prayer time. This is truly the highlight of the day, as we meet together with the Lord and share with Him the needs of the ministry and the needs of our radio listeners who have shared requests with us. What a privilege to come to God in prayer and acknowledge our love for Him and our dependence on Him day by day.
*Please contact us and let us know if we can share a prayer request with you.
The PGH Headquarters is located at 5275 Green Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA. Our headquarters building contains our offices, bookroom, Christian Hall of Fame area, staff meeting room, mailing room, and print shop. Anyone visiting our headquarters is welcomed to have a guided tour.