Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Bob grew up in a Christian home and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. During his high school and college years, Bob struggled with the question of how to live the Christian life. His “roller-coaster” experience taught him that he didn’t have what it took to be “God’s guy.”
After college Bob attended a Bible study in Atlanta where he discovered what he was missing—the life of Jesus Christ. Salvation isn’t a self-improvement program. Salvation is receiving and experiencing new life altogether. Witnessing God give new life to an elderly gentleman before he died put in Bob’s heart a passion to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible.
During his 30 year ministry, Bob has communicated the truth of the New Covenant in a way that is both practical and easy to apply to everyday life.
“The Gospel is more than a message,” Bob says. “It is a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love and truth”. Bob is passionate about the basic truths of Christianity, and deeply encouraged by those who are courageous enough to apply them in daily life.
Bob is the author of Simple Gospel, Simply Grace, released by Harvest House Publishers August 1, 2015 and Love is…, published by Basic Gospel.
Bob and his wife, Jeanna, live in Denton, Texas, with their children, Caitlin, Coleman, and McKenzie.
Bob Richard Peifer
Richard was born in Riverside, California. Raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church, Richard grew up with a keen understanding of and desire to keep The Law. With a strong performance orientation, he excelled in school and with music. He graduated from college with a degree in Ministerial Studies.
Six months of ministerial work convinced him what he already knew in his heart—he knew lots of theological and biblical facts, but there was no reality of the abundant life Jesus promised.
Richard left ministry and spent the next twenty-six years in audio engineering and the high tech industry. During this time, Richard and his wife, Lois, studied to discover what they really believed. The Holy Spirit revealed the meaning of the Bible to them. In particular, they studied the New Covenant, forgiveness and eternal life. This led to the decision to leave the SDA church.
The more Richard learned about the love and grace of God, the more he wanted to help others leave the bondage of legalism and rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus. Richard’s ministry with Basic Gospel, where he’s been since 2002, is based on Paul’s recommendation to the Romans: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
Lois and Richard have two married children and three granddaughters. Kerry, Jason, Anna and Naomi Hillier live nearby and Kevin, Ashely and Evie Peifer live in Minnesota.
In the summer of 1977, at the age of 33, Bob Davis met the living Christ—whom he had learned about in his early childhood—and invited Jesus to take control of his life.
Much of his first five years in Christ found Bob attending church services, Bible conferences and seminars, listening to Christian radio, and performing volunteer ministry services. Yet, with so much variant doctrine, the inevitable result was confusion and frustration. But answers were on the way.
Bob spent 14 years in commercial broadcasting as an on-air personality before founding and for 17 years operating his own audio production company. His first opportunity to serve in Christian broadcasting came in 1982 with the forerunner of the ministry which has now become known as Basic Gospel. It was during this first exposure to the message of God’s grace in Christ Jesus where Bob began to solidify his faith, embracing his new life in Christ.
In the ensuing years of full-time radio ministry, Bob has used his considerable talent to communicate that message to others.
Says Bob, “I thank God I’ve had the opportunity to serve these many years. It has been an incredible journey of learning, growth, and opportunity for ministry.”
Bob writes Inside the Studio, in which he recaps the previous week at Basic Gospel—both on the air and behind the scenes—to share with you the excitement of what God is doing through this ministry. Along with the eZine, he produces the Basic Gospel Weekend Edition, a 25 minute broadcast highlighting the most interesting calls and email questions from the Basic Gospel weekday broadcast.
Bob’s beloved wife Diane succumbed to cancer in October of 2006. He lives in Carrollton, Texas, and is father to Shellye and Rhonda, and is grandfather to five wonderful kids — Bobby, Haley, Matthew, Luke and Morgan.