Jerry Newcombe, senior producer of Coral Ridge Ministries (Courtesy Coral Ridge Ministries)

Jerry Newcombe

Title: Senior producer, Coral Ridge Ministries, Fort Lauderdale, and host of "The Coral Ridge Hour."

Other job experience: Writer or co-writer of 21 books, including 2006 bestseller "George Washington's Sacred Fire," along with Peter Lillback.

Other community posts: Host, "Monday Night Live," on WAFG-FM; Member, New Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach; past president, Early Bird Toastmasters, Fort Lauderdale.

Awards: Finalist, International Film & TV Festival of New York, 1988; Silver Medal, 2001.

Education: Bachelor's degree in history with honors, Tulane University; master's degree in communication, Wheaton Graduate School; doctorate in ministry, Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale.

Personal: Age 54. Born in Evanston, Ill.

Family: Married to Kirsti, a women's Bible study teacher. Two children.

How has CRM been doing since the death of D. James Kennedy?

Honestly, it's been like a roller coaster ride. Sometimes it's good, and sometimes you just hang on. I'm shocked we're still around. But by the grace of God, we've been able to do some things since he died.

Like what?

Like a whole series last year on socialism: what it is, what the Bible says about it. And recently we did a DVD called "What Do You Think and Why It Matters." We used movie clips from different years and analyzed them.

How did you get into your vocation?

I've always been interested in history, even when I was in seventh grade. And Christianity is rooted in history. If Christ didn't rise from dead bodily on a certain day, it's a fraud and ought to be abandoned. But he did, and he's had a tremendous impact. That's what my life has all been about.

What's the one most mistaken impression about your work?

Conservatives sometimes get accused of not caring about the poor. I don't like to talk about what I do, but since 1994, I go to the San Isidro Food Ministry in Pompano Beach whenever I can. But I do not believe government should be doing those things. The welfare state, instead of helping poor people, has made more of them. It's caused incredible disaster.

How has the conservative cause been going? There seem to have been a number of losses lately, like in economic policy and sexual morality and the new assertiveness of atheists.

John Quincy Adams said, "Duty is ours; results are God's." That's our motto.

What's the favorite part of your work?