LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2022 – Dr. Ed Young, pastor at Second Baptist Church in Houston and founder of the digital broadcast “The Winning Walk,” has always been an advocate for television ministry. His content was one of the first to appear on Pray.com’s Pray Radio and will now be featured on its newest platform, PrayTV. As the leading mobile platform providing 24/7 prayer and faith-based audio and video streaming content, Pray.com has enabled Dr. Young’s encouraging teaching to reach new and growing world-wide audiences.
“It's always been important to us to share our messages beyond the walls of the Church, as that is where we are most likely to reach the people most in need of the spiritual equipping that we need for our daily walk,” said Dr. Young. “Pray.com has been instrumental for us in expanding our audience and helping encourage new listeners and viewers in their spiritual journeys. We are grateful to be a part of this new platform and eager to come alongside people with more immersive methods than just audio content.”
Before coming to Second Baptist Church, Dr. Young ministered at First Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. There, he had a front-row seat to the church’s television ministry and its effectiveness in reaching an audience and building the church. It came as no surprise, then, that Dr. Young wished to implement this same type of ministry in Texas.
Beginning in 1979, Dr. Young would go to a local television station every Monday morning and preach the previous day’s sermon in an empty studio. Over time, more people began to watch, and the broadcast eventually blossomed to include an international reach. “The Winning Walk” now has a ministry in India that is able to translate sermons into other languages and connect individuals who hear these sermons to local churches in the area.
“Dr. Young always likes to say, ‘I’m just scattering seeds. That’s all we do – we scatter seeds.’ Pray.com gives opportunities to amplify and an avenue to really scatter the message far and wide,” said Keith Brown, Director of Broadcast Ministries. “Dr. Young wants to take the truth of the gospel and get it out as far and wide as we possibly can. Pray.com helps us do that and reach areas that we weren’t able to reach before.”
Recently, due to the effects of the pandemic, one pastor was forced to shut down his church, but through Dr. Young’s teaching and daily devotionals, the pastor found encouragement to endure. In fact, people from around the globe have shared similar stories of finding strength in the midst of challenges through “The Winning Walk.”
“The ability to get places where we weren’t able to before – to get the gospel into someone’s pocket – that’s an amazing thing to be able to do,” Brown added. “It’s encouraging for us to know people are using and seeing the content because the numbers represent souls. These metrics help make tangible something that’s intangible.”
Through Dr. Young’s impact, Second Baptist Church has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to over 87,000 members across six church campuses. Serving two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Young has also written numerous books, including “The 10 Commandments of Marriage,” “The 10 Commandments of Parenting” and “Healing Broken America.”
“We are so honored to have Dr. Young’s content on our platform as he is such a respected voice with a heart for helping people overcome their struggles, which is also very important to us here at Pray.com,” said founder Matthew Potter. “We look forward to continuing to work alongside ‘The Winning Walk’ in exploring ways we can better serve our audiences who we know are benefitting so much from this encouraging content.”
In addition to “The Winning Walk,” Pray.com includes teaching and preaching programs from leading Christian pastors and speakers, along with meditative and reflective prayer and Bible-based resources to aid listeners wherever they may be in their spiritual growth journeys. Find “The Winning Walk” and other prayer and faith-based audio content at www.pray.com/discover.