Office Staff

Kristi Geist

Kristi Geist handles the finances and IT duties for the Christian Worship Hour. She feels blessed to be part of the ministry since joining the Christian Worship Hour staff in March, 2015. Kristi’s been married to Bruce, her college sweetheart, since 1981 and previously was a computer programmer who homeschooled their two sons from kindergarten through high school.

Elma Delzer has been with Christian Worship Hour since June 2013. She counts and opens all incoming mail. Elma truly enjoys her job and the atmosphere at our Christian ministry. She has been married to Reinie since 1957 and they have 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Lisa Opp has been with Christian Worship Hour since January 2012 and truly feels blessed to be a part of our Christian ministry. Lisa is the Office Administrator and handles a variety of tasks throughout the day. She is married to Spencer and they have 2 daughters and 1 son.

Judy Retzer types Pastor Salem’s many letters, prepares the monthly New Song, sends out requested literature, media, etc. She began working for Christian Worship Hour in August, 2014. She is married and has two sons, one daughter and 9 grandchildren.

Kent Cutler

Kent Cutler has been working with the production staff at Christian Worship Hour for over thirty years and continues as the show's Producer today. Kent also became part of the full time staff at Christian Worship Hour in January 2017. Kent is the Social Media Specialist and works to communicate with our audience through the digital media of today. Kent has three grown sons.


Hank Bowker
919 13th Avenue SW, Aberdeen, SD 57401

Pastor Salem married Carol (nee Ernst) and I on Saturday, February 29, 1964, in the old First Baptist Church in Aberdeen, SD. We have three grown daughters and three grandchildren. I was “born again” on Thursday, October 2, 1975, and dedicated my life to Christ at that time, again in Aberdeen.

God set the stage for my singing career way back when I was a teenager. My Gospel music ministry began in 1975, shortly after I accepted Christ as my Savior, however, I have been performing professionally since the age of fifteen. High points of my Gospel singing career include providing music and entertainment for the South Dakota Right to Life organization, the National Right to Life organization, and opening concerts for the Blackwood Brothers, a nationally known Gospel Quartet out of Nashville, TN.

Other high points over the years include providing music and entertainment for Governor George Mickelson during the South Dakota Bicentennial Celebration (1989), including the dedication of the newly remodeled Rotunda in the State Capitol Building that Fall. Governor Mickelson also used my music extensively throughout the Year of Reconciliation (1990) between the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nations of South Dakota and the State of South Dakota. I was inducted into the South Dakota Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Gospel CDs I have recorded include:

  • HEART 'N SOUL (1987)
  • LOOKING UP (2011)
  • IN HIS PRESENCE (2013)
  • HEAVEN – CAN'T WAIT! (2013)
  • TOUCH MY HEART (2014)
  • GLORY! (2015)

Click here to Contact Hank through our website. Thank you and God bless!

Melissa Kienow
For CD's contact:

CWH, PO Box 2002, Aberdeen, SD 57402

Melissa Kienow was born and lives in Aberdeen, SD. She is married with three grown sons. She began piano lessons at eight and also plays the guitar. She has played keyboard in a local Christian band and at church. She has one CD called Hymns of Praise and is working on plans for a second. Melissa loves the Lord and is so happy to serve Him by playing and singing on the Christian Worship Hour.


Janice Dennert

Janice Dennert grew up on a family farm near Leola, South Dakota. Her family was very active in the local Baptist church where her mother was the church pianist and she often sang with her three sisters and one brother. She went on to earn a BA from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. Jan works for a photography studio and she and her husband Randy grow corn and soybeans on their farm north of Aberdeen.


Barb Rieck Barb was born and raised in Dell Rapids, SD. She attended NSU in Aberdeen. There she met and married Daryl Rieck and they raised four children. The family began attending First Baptist in Aberdeen where Harold Salem was Pastor. Barb began singing in the choir there and later began singing solos. She worked at K-Mart from 1974 to 1999, and then worked at the public library. Since her retirement, she has volunteered at Aberdeen Christian School as a school board member and served school lunches. She also sings with a women's group from the local Senior Center and with Christian Worship Hour. She enjoys reading, Sudoku, Minnesota Twins Baseball, and gardening.

Production Crew

The CWH production crew has more than 95 years of combined experience in producing the CWH live church service broadcasting. Larry Sime mixes the sound for the special music, Kent Cutler is the producer, Mark Johnson projects the on screen graphics, Mike Salem, Kevin Hunnel and André Cobbs are the remote control cameramen. All members of the Christian ministry staff are very dedicated to this calling to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Left to right: AndrProduction Crewé Cobbs, Mark Johnson, Mike Salem, Kent Cutler and Kevin Hunnel.