The Living Legacy of Peter Andrew Sumrall
One of the last commands Jesus gave His disciples upon His ascension into heaven is famously known as The Great Commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 7:19, KJV). Peter Andrew Sumrall dedicated his life to fulfilling the final words of Christ.
Sumrall came to faith in Christ at a young age, and he quickly demonstrated his commitment to sharing the salvation message of Jesus by becoming a missionary to foreign countries. But it was his love for broadcasting that gave him an even greater platform to reach hurting people worldwide. Sumrall became a full-time employee of LeSEA in 1973. He worked his way up the ranks in the company learning every aspect of the business, from TV production and programming to working with other nations to stamp out hunger through the company’s nonprofit arm, LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry, Inc.
In 1982, Sumrall was promoted to general manager of the network, which at the time consisted of only two television stations and one FM radio station. His work as a missionary, coupled together with his business acumen, opened the door for Sumrall to have a global impact. In 1996, he became president of LeSEA when his father and the founder of the company, Dr. Lester Sumrall, passed away. It was in 2005 that Sumrall assumed full leadership of the many companies of LeSEA, which have grown exponentially in the last 30 years. Today, the multi-faceted ministries of LeSEA reach more than 90 percent of the world’s population through television, radio, satellite TV, and shortwave radio.
Peter Sumrall passed away December 5, 2015, but his love for the peoples of the world and his work to empower them through the gospel will continue through the work of LeSEA.