Dr. Nick Kalivoda (1922-2013)
Beloved husband, father, teacher, mentor, and friend, Dr. Nick Kalivoda departed from this life on March 10, 2013 at the age of 90. Nick dedicated his life to spreading the gospel (good news) about Jesus Christ that eternal life is available to anyone through God's grace; it is a gift. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23). "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9). He believed and taught that the Bible is the word of God for His believers and, as the Holy Spirit guided Paul in his 2nd Letter to Timothy, "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:1-3).

Nick was born on April 22, 1922 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Nickolas and Marie Kalivoda who had immigrated to America from central Europe in search of a better life. He served our country as an officer in the United States Navy through active duty in World War II and then in the Naval Reserve until his retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Nick earned a degree in Bible Archaeology at Wheaton College, a Master of Journalism degree at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He studied at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1948-51. Nick progressed in his career at Louisiana State University in the Public Relations area. Nick Kalivoda's career, in addition to his service at LSU, included his serving as Religion Editor of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 1981-83. He was a lecturer in Bible and Bible Archaeology in LSU's Continuing Education program for more than ten years drawing students of the University and adult attendees from the greater Baton Rouge community. He also led numerous group tours to the Holy Lands. Upon his retirement, Nick founded the Radio Bible Courses, Ltd. in 1986. The purposes of which included public expository Bible teachings (verse by verse) on the LSU Campus, Christian education through video Seminary Bible classes, Biblical evangelism training in his home. Some of Nick's students have ventured into child evangelism and expository teachings of the Scriptures. His teaching can be heard on radio stations which at various times spread across the different locations along the Texas-Mississippi Gulf Coast region. View the radio stations we currently serve. >> Until several months before his being called home to the Lord, he continued to teach the Campus Bible Class for the public on Sundays (9:15 AM) at the LSU Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

In 1994, Nick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree "for distinguished Christian service" as a layman by Western Seminary. This prestigious degree was conferred by then Dr. Earl Radmacher, President of the Seminary and dear friend and brother in Christ who is also well known for, among other things, as the General Editor of the Thomas Nelson "NKJV Study Bible".

Dr. Kalivoda was the author of two booklets entitled "Grace" and "Heaven's Password" along with over 40 Bible courses available on MP3 CD or cassette tapes. Nick served on the Board of Directors of Radio Bible Course, Ltd. and the Cutting Edge Foundation, a medical mission in the central African country of Chad. He had previously served on the Board of Directors of the Medical Centers of West Africa, a medical mission in the western African country of Cameroon.

Audio of the Memorial Service for Dr. Kalivoda >>
Broadcasting the Bible - Advocate Article - Nov '11 >>

The Radio Bible Courses, Ltd. as organized by Dr. Kalivoda shall continue to be funded by voluntary financial gifts and voluntary services by all that are part of the ministry. RBC has no paid employees and all funds not expended on ministry programs listed on the Home page are held in trust by the RBC Board of Directors and Officers for such uses that will advance and bring glory to the Gospel of the Grace of God through faith in Jesus the Christ, God's only begotten Son. Contributions by check should be made payable to Radio Bible Courses, Ltd., P.O. Box 14916, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898.

The Radio Bible Courses, Ltd. under Dr. Kalivoda gave vision and example and continuing opportunity to laymen seeking to serve God growing in the knowledge in all the areas of Scriptural teaching and service. It is by God's grace and His Holy Spirit's use of these and the future believers who grow in GRACE and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, that this service... the ministry ... will continue to the glory of God ... we pray.

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