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About Wells Of Salvation Ministries

In The Beginning...

The roots of this ministry date back to the late 1940s when Ed Wells and his wife, affectionately known as “Sparkie” ministered in various traveling gospel trios and quartets all over the eastern part of the country. In this old photo, that’s Sparkie on the far right with the big “doghouse” bass.

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Ed and Sparkie - younger years

 When Ed entered the pastoral ministry in 1950, he and Sparkie continued their music ministry as a team -- with Ed strumming guitar and singing lead, and Sparkie contributing an alto

vocal background and playing the big acoustic bass. As you can see, she also played accordion at times. The pair collaborated on scores of original Christian songs -- printed in “Wells Of Salvation Songs”, and a variety of sheet music publications, with Ed penning the lyrics and music, and Sparkie laying out the arrangements.

Ed and the Wells of Salvation, Inc. Years...

Over the years, Ed often said he wanted to start his own church -- a dream he never realized. But God had another plan for him. In the mid-1970s, Ed hosted a successful radio ministry while pastoring a United Methodist church in Helena, Ohio. This experience in broadcasting ultimately inspired him to establish “Wells of Salvation, Inc.” in 1979 as an independent, non-profit ministry incorporated in Ohio. 

God worked through Ed, Sparkie and the WOS ministries associates in many ways to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are some of them:

Ed and Sparkie - later years

Agnes Mae Hower Wells “Sparkie” 1925-2006

Dr. Edmund E. Wells

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“Wells Of Salvation” radio broadcasts: 15-minute inspirational programs that were featured weekly on:

  • WJYM 730 AM, Bowling Green OH
  • WBLL 1390 AM, Bellefontaine OH
  • Caribbean Beacon, shortwave, Anguilla, Caribbean islands
  • DX Network, shortwave, Rochester NY, to 100+ countries

 Missionary outreach:

  • Responding to numerous requests from listeners to the Caribbean Beacon’s WOS broadcasts, Ed made numerous solo visits to the Caribbean Islands to conduct revivals -- in Trinidad, Jamaica and Grenada. Ed witnessed God restore sight to a blind man in response to prayer during a crusade in Trinidad!
Ed and first book

Book ministry:

  • Ed authored “The Gospel According To Mother Goose”, published in the late ‘60s by Beacon Hill Press, the Nazarene publishing house
  • He wrote “More Gospel According To Mother Goose”, also published by Beacon Hill in the mid-‘70s, with 2 printings
  • In addition to his many songs, he also self-published books of poetry, including “Midnight Moods”, “Christmas Dreaming”, “Patchwork Poems”, and “Brooks Of Honey And Butter”

Holy Land tours:

  • 9 visits to Holy Lands -- several with Ed as group leader, teacher and/or facilitator


  • Ed founded the “Wells Of Salvation Gospel Band” in 1982
  • Ministered through hundreds of concerts until ill health sidelined him in 2003
  • Several venues, including... festivals, fairs, jails and prisons, television, radio, nursing homes, church services and special events, pro-life rallies
  • Wide variety of churches, including... Baptist, Nazarene, Wesleyan, Assembly of God, Church of God, Church of Christ in Christian Union, United Methodist, Catholic, non-denominational, Presbyterian, Missionary Church

Revivals, Pulpit Supply, Jail and Prison Ministries:

  • Through WOSM, Ed developed a highly-effective network of ministry associates who have served the Lord faithfully in diverse ministries. Like Ed, some of these dedicated men and women have gone on to glory, but a core group of ministers continue their calling today. Please see the list of ordained ministers below

WOSM Today...

Ordained Ministers:

  • Rev. Edward Danes, Rushsylvania, OH
  • Rev. Nell Danes, Rushsylvania, OH
  • Rev. Ray Horton, Troy, OH
  • Rev. Donald Jackson, Tipp City, OH
  • Rev. Melody Morris, Huber Heights, OH
  • Rev. Eric (Rick) Smith, Huber Heights, OH
  • Rev. Roy Wheeler, West Chester, OH
  • Gary (Mick) Wells, Troy, OH

Click here for more information on our Ministers

These associates are available for revivals, pulpit supply, weddings, funerals, and special events

contact us at crossconnectionradio@gmail.com for additional information and availability

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Radio and Music Ministry:

  • The WOS radio ministry, “Cross Connection”, can be heard on Faith and Friends Radio, a WOS-sponsored internet radio broadcast ministry at faithandfriendsradio.com.
  • The Wells of Salvation Gospel Band actively ministers in testimony and song through concerts in a wide variety of forums
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