Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., announced Tuesday that he will begin a radio show the first week of April.

Warren said at a media gathering at Georgetown University today that he is doing the show to bring hope to a country that is in a discouragement period and that he wants to speak out more about the deterioration of religious freedom in the United States and around the world.

The show will be syndicated through Salem Communications and air for half an hour, Monday through Friday, in the 25 largest radio markets, he said at a press gathering hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs’ Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Even though Warren is one of the most well-known pastors in the country, Warren resisted for 32 years from doing a radio or television program. “I don’t like televangelists,” Warren said.

There are three reasons, Warren explained, that he did not want to do a radio or television program. He does not want to turn his church into a studio and lose the intimacy of a congregation; he does not like the style of TV preachers; and he does not want to do fundraising.

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