Saffron Planet may be a new ministry, but the four families – or more specifically the male heads of the families – have all been around the block a few times. Steve Maltz has been responsible for the creation, development and marketing of many Christian websites, from Premier Radio to Revelation TV and is the founder of the Saltshakers Messianic website. Steve Jeffery has been responsible for the training of a whole generation of Christian media professionals and is currently the studio manager at Revelation TV. (Interestingly, the Maltz’s eldest son, Phil, is the studio manager at Premier.tv). Howard Werth has been running his own record label, Luminous, for many years now and has many Christian rock compositions under his belt. Chris Hill has been a tour leader to Israel (over 70 tours in 25 years!), a Principal of Christian Life Bible College, Director of Pilgrims Hall and resident Bible teacher at Mulberry House, as well as an itinerant teacher and preacher and broadcaster on Christian TV and radio.
Yet, the possibilities presented by Saffron Planet fill these world-weary souls with renewed excitement. With much of the Christian media infected by compromise, ineffectualness and even heresy, there needs to be new voices willing and able to speak up for true Biblical Christianity. The Christian media (particularly satellite TV stations) may have good intentions, but the current operational model often attracts compromise – large overheads mean large revenue needs that can only be fed by partnering with cash-rich ministries that tend to bring a lot of baggage to the table! Saffron Planet has seen this and experienced this, but can also see a way through it, a niche where we could operate without fear of financial over-commitments.