The founder of Prophecy in the News, Dr. J.R. Church, started his life-long ministry when he left Lubbock, Texas, in 1957 to attend Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. J.R. and his beautiful wife, Linda, were married on August 16, 1958 in Lubbock.
Together they moved back to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where J.R. received his formal Bible education to pursue the ministry they felt the Lord was leading them to do. In 1962, he received a B.A. degree with a major in Bible and a minor in history. In 2001, he was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary in Peachtree, Georgia.
While in college, he pastored a small country church named “Jumpoff Baptist Church” in the mountains near Chattanooga.
After college, J.R and Linda moved back home to Lubbock where, in the early 1960s, they started their ministry with a new church named “Lubbock Baptist Church.” Within just a few years, they built their first building and renamed the church, “Western Hills Baptist Church.” While pastoring the church in Lubbock, J.R. and Linda started a Christian School with 250 students and a day care for 80 children. He pastored that church for 17 ½ years until they moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in November of 1979 and started “Prophecy in the News” ministry.