Reverend E. J. Tyson started the Mission Gospel Train radio show on Saturday mornings years ago, and despite him moving to Oklahoma City, that train is still going strong.
The decision to start the Mission Gospel Train radio show was made because Tyson said he saw a need for a gospel show in Texoma.
“Pastoring at the New Hope Baptist Church in Vernon, Texas, back in July of 1986, being in the area from Oklahoma City and coming to a new area, there was no gospel music, especially from the African American choir standard or from the African American pulpit,” Tyson said. “The Lord just allowed me the opportunity back in ’88 to have the opportunity to bring a program into the area.”
Fifteen years ago he moved to Oklahoma City to become the pastor of a church there, but he decided to make the drive every week to continue the radio show.
“I was driving from Vernon to Wichita Falls, 51.4 miles. Now I’m driving 142.7 miles, one way,” Tyson said.
Sametta Brown has been working with Tyson on the radio show for more than 20 years.
“It’s been a journey, and it’s been a blessing,” Brown said. “I was a business major at MSU and then everything shifted. But it was foretold in the sense that I had a great aunt who was a pastor in Louisiana, and she was also a radio host on 1290. That kind of rings in my ears even now as we are celebrating years that have come to pass.”
The show has grown significantly since it started back in 1988.
“We hear from people in Henrietta, Bowie, Decatur. Now with Facebook, we are on Facebook live, people this morning were all the way from England—London, England that joined us by Facebook live,” Tyson said.
After social media became more used in daily life, Brown said it helped reach further than they thought possible.
“Of course, when the internet came along we were able to broaden our horizons. One of the first calls we received internationally was from Japan,” Brown said.
Both Tyson and Brown have enjoyed being able to reach people through this show over the years.
“It has brought people together of all ethnicities, all, just diverse people have come together at various times to hear the word of God as well as to be strengthened in God,” Brown said. “You’ll see individuals on the street ‘Oh, I listen to the mission gospel train’ or they will send a message somehow saying thank you for that message, thank you for that word.”
No matter the place or time, Tyson said the radio show can reach and help encourage anyone.
“When you are able to go every Saturday morning into homes, automobiles, hospital rooms, convalescent homes, even behind prison bars,” Tyson said. “For those to listen to the Mission Gospel Train, to be able to give them hope and give them encouragement. It’s a joy in doing this.”
According to Tyson and Brown, they have no intentions of stopping the Mission Gospel Train anytime soon. For more information about Mission Gospel Train click here.