Pete & Tess Hamel started their journey with God in 1985 when the accepted Jesus as their Lord & Savior. Having been in secular radio already for 6 years, God put a calling on Pete’s life to enter into Christian radio. He went on to program secular stations in Indianapolis, Dallas and Lansing.
4 years later God led them to Harrisburg Pa. as Pete was hired as the program Director for a Christian Music station called Joy 1400am. Just a year later the owners canceled the Christian format. Knowing that God had led them to the area to do Christian Radio they stayed by faith and saw God move miraculously with an open door to get back on the air. On November 14, 1990 the Lord had Pete & Tess create and incorporate One Heart Ministries as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in order to provide Christian Radio for the Harrisburg, Pa area.
The purpose and mission of One Heart Ministries is summarized in Paul’s statement to the Church of Colossee:
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love,
so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding,
in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ,
in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge “
Colossians 2:2 & 3 NIV
This journey started with the leasing of a day-time only radio station 720am WWII, which they renamed Love 720am. At the end of 1996 they ended that lease and entered a 3 year wilderness season that saw them lose their home and their children’s education. They were however still able to minister on the radio with a Sunday morning program on radio station Wink 104.
But then in 2000 God moved miraculously, and with just $35 in the ministries account they were able to lease a legendary 24/7 station 1230am WKBO. It was renamed Fortress 1230am and began broadcasting on March 20, 2000. Ten years later God worked another miracle enabling One Heart Ministries to purchase WKBO. Over 20 years later The Fortress not only continues to broadcast to the Harrisburg, Pa area on WKBO, but now is streaming live through this web-site to people across the country and around the world with over 3,300 hours of on-line listening each month to confirmed listeners in at least 6 states in the U.S. and a dozen countries around the world.
After over 30 years of ministry, with the last 20+ years on WKBO, Pete & Tess Hamel continue to minister 24/7 in the Harrisburg area, as well as around the world. They invite you to worship together with them as they invite you to be blessed and safe, inside the walls of The Fortress.