Our Staff


John Swinford, Station Manager

John joined the WLUJ family in October 2017 and was promoted to Station Manager in January 2019.  His education includes a Graduate Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Graduate Degree in General Ministry from Lincoln Christian Seminary.  John retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2001, with over 20 years active duty.  In addition to his duties at WLUJ, John is an ordained minister and serves as the Pastor of a local church.  John also serves on the Board of Directors for Relevant Practical Ministry for Men and as the Conference Coordinator for the Annual Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Equipping Conference in Springfield.  John and his wife Cari, live in Williamsville and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters who are married and have blessed John and Cari with two amazing grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters, all of whom live in the immediate area. John can be reached by e-mail at John@wluj.org.

Joey Krol, Operations Manager and On-Air Host

Joey serves as WLUJ's Operations Manager and on-air host. Joey has a heart for ministry and especially loves Christian Radio and teaching God's Word.  He has served in Christian radio for several years including The Great News Radio network in Champaign and WIBI in Carlinville. Joey also serves as a Pastor in Decatur and previously served as an Associate Pastor and a Christian Counselor. One of his favorite hobbies is clipping coupons. Joey's education includes a graduate degree from Colorado Theological Seminary. He lives in the Springfield area with his wife Aubrey and two kids. Joey can be reached by e-mail at: Joey@wluj.org.



Howard Fouks, Chief Engineer

Howard has served as the Chief Engineer since 2001.  He has also served as Operations Manager from 1999 to 2009 and Station manager from 1987 to 1999.  Prior to his arrival in Central Illinois, Howard served as announcer and engineer at WGMO in Shell Lake , Wisconsin. Also he received on-air training at the old WGNR in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Having served not at WLUJ since 1987, Howard says, "I have witnessed much change here at WLUJ, in my life and in our country. But God does not change and He is available to help us through our changing world with His daily grace! I like the verses in Hebrews chapter 4:14-16 that reminds us to come before our high priest Jesus Christ with confidence when we are weak and tempted to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need.  Jesus is there to provide the daily grace we all need as we approach Him in prayer.  When we appropriate His wonderful grace it keeps us serving Him with glad hearts and a desire to proclaim His glory". Howard's education includes Biblical studies and broadcasting, as he studied at the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music and received a degree in Christian Broadcasting. Howard and his wife Susie reside in Springfield.


Joyce Mancke, Office Manager

Joyce joined WLUJ Radio in 2015 as Office Manager. She brings with her many years of office work experience from serving as a Bank Officer for 15 years to managing an Insurance Agency for 20 years. She has also served as Secretary, Treasurer and Sunday School teacher in the church she attended and started a "Kings Kids" Youth program for the children. Joyce organized and is director of a Nursing Home/Seniors Ministry that started in 2005 and currently holds "Praise and Worship" services in 18 homes across Illinois and in 8 different cities. She also leads a weekly "Women" Bible Study group. "I am thrilled to be a part of WLUJ, Lifting Up Jesus." "I love the Lord with all my heart, soul and mind and have found that His Grace is sufficient for every need, both small and great and His love is everlasting". Joyce and her husband, Verlin, live in Pawnee. They have 3 daughters and 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, all who faithfully serve the Lord. 


Charlie Fulk, Finance  

Charlie came to WLUJ with experience as both an accountant and a pastor. He worked as an accountant for almost 40 years before feeling God's call and has served as a pastor for the last 7 years. Although he felt led to retire from the pastorate he also felt God wanted him to continue serving the Lord in some way. Charlie found that "some way" in his present position at WLUJ where he can use his background to continue to support a ministry that is "Lifting Up Jesus" everyday. As I Corinthians 15:58 says, "Therefore…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….  Charlie has degrees from the University of Illinois and the Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife live in Farmersville, IL and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Liz Eilers Bron, Underwriting Director

Liz Eilers Bron brings her experience as Underwriting Director from other Christian radio stations where she held the same position. A native of Central Illinois, Liz is active in conservative politics on a local and statewide level, as well as at Hope Church and mission groups. Elected to Precinct Committeeman now for a sixth term, Liz has a passion for good government. She has served on the steering committee of the Illinois Center Right Coalition, on the Board of Directors of Springfield Right to Life, and the German Club and does public speaking/writing on the "Socio-economic Impact of Abortion in America". Liz has served on a number of campaigns for conservative leaders seeking office. Among them; Field Director for Jim Oberweis for US Senate, Jim Oberweis and Adam Andrzejewski for Governor, Field Directors for Congressman Schilling, and Senator McCann, IL State Director for Herman Cain for President, and other campaigns. Missions are another passion of Liz's. Serving yearly as MC for the for Ghana Hospital Mission IHDN Banquet and having served on a short term mission to Haiti and Ghana herself, Liz has a heart of compassion for those whom God calls "The least of these." Liz and her husband Chris enjoy missions and travel. Liz raised 2 great kids (with God's grace) and now has three grandchildren whom Liz claims are the cutest kids in the world. Liz's phone number is 217-725-8993.  Liz can also be reached by e-mail at LIZ@wluj.org.