Gospel Communications International formed in 1950 as Gospel Films in order to use film as a way to teach people about Jesus Christ and expanded to the Internet in the mid-1990s. The company has produced a number of evangelical films and web sites as part of a ministry network active across the world and producing media in 55 languages. Its Gospelcomm.net website boasts more than 350 billion hits per year.
Gospel Communications International, located in Muskegon, is heavily funded by the right in West Michigan including the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, the Robert and Cheri Vanderwiede Foundation, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, the DeWitt Families Conduit Foundation, the Jay and Betty Van Andel Foundation, and
the Cook Charitable Foundation.
Leaders, Members, and Others Associated with the Organization
- Richard DeVos, past Chairman of the board and current member
- Doug DeVos, co-Chairman of the Board
- Edgar Prince, board member (Bellant, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics</cite)
- Billy Zeoli, Co-Chairman of the Board, former unofficial spiritual advisor to President Gerald R. Ford (Bellant, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics</cite)
- Peter Cook, board member (Bellant, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics</cite)
- John Bouma, board member (Bellant, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics</cite)