Born on August 6, 1936 in Aurora, Illinois, Mains later graduated from Wheaton College. Then, when many churches were fleeing the inner-city, Mains established a church on Chicago's west side in 1967 that grew and prospered against the predictions of naysayers. Successful, Mains went on to join his uncle in 1977 at The Chapel of the Air radio broadcast, and when his uncle retired, Mains took over the helm. Changing the format so that the broadcasts worked in conjunction with the local church, Mains helped strengthen those churches. By using the media to the church's advantage, he started the 50-day Spiritual Adventures to help grow local churches by linking them with Christian radio outlets. He has continued to place emphasis on the local churches and worked to build pastor/congregation relationships.
Though he no longer is involved with broadcasting, Mains has established Mainstay Ministries and created Advent Celebration and Sermon-Coach online to provide tools for busy pastors. This minister and author has spoken and written about issues such as church renewal, urban ministry, and church revival on the national level as well as co-authoring books for children with his wife Karen.
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