President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio
Al Kresta is a broadcaster, writer, and author who is, first of all, a missionary. He is president and CEO of Ave Maria Radio and hosts the daily radio program Kresta in the Afternoon distributed by EWTN Global Catholic Radio to over 350 stations, Sirius satellite radio and many other platforms like Apple TV, Roku, the Ave Maria app and many more.
After a brief stint at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Kresta graduated from Michigan State University in 1976. He married the next year and began managing Christian bookstores which led to the formation of Eden Books, a retail chain of 10 Christian bookstores serving southeast Michigan. Through those years, Kresta also taught in local churches and did graduate work in theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and Ashland Theological Seminary.
In December of 1986, Kresta was called by the members of Shalom Ministry, an independent evangelical Church, to serve as their senior pastor. Shortly after his ordination, the church board encouraged Kresta to accept an offer from Crawford Broadcasting to host a daily radio show, Talk from the Heart. The program brought commercial success to Crawford and increased membership to Shalom. But as the program flourished and the church grew, theological and pastoral questions were raised that Kresta believed were best answered by the teaching of the Catholic Church. He resigned his pastorate and in 1992, returned to the Church of his baptism. His wife and children also came into full communion.
In January 1997, Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza recruited Kresta to launch and develop the media apostolate which is known as Ave Maria Communications. Today AMC is listener-supported and produces fifty hours a week of original Catholic radio programming most of which is distributed globally by EWTN as well as a variety of video productions.
Kresta has authored Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents and two Q&A apologetics texts: Why Do Catholics Genuflect? and Why Are Catholics So Concerned About Sin? He and former producer, Nick Thomm, authored and edited Moments of Grace, stories of conversion in the lives of well-known Catholics.
Kresta’s work has appeared in many print and electronic outlets including Christianity Today, National Catholic Register, World, Citizen, and Crisis. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC affiliates, Crawford, Bott and Salem Radio networks.
Al and his wife, Sally, are lay Dominicans and have been married for more than forty-two years. They have been blessed with five children on earth, two in heaven, and fourteen grandchildren.