Call or Write to:  Church Bell Ministry - Dave Smith - 1900 Glen Echo Road - Jonesborough, Tennessee, 37659

                                    Ph  423 747 0585  Email:


Welcome to the Church Bell Ministry Website


   Does your Church Have a Church Bell Ministry?  What is that?  A Church Bell Ministry

is one that utilizes the bell(s) to witness to the community that God Lives Here!  The bell is an

outward invitation to the church whether it is heard by a church member or a passerby.   

        Your Church Bell Ministry provides your church the recognition it deserves and praises GOD

every time it rings.  Vintage church bells were designed and manufactured for their pleasant

sound qualities, so why not show off a little!     Look WHO we are showing off!       


     Church Bell Ministry Mission Statement:  Our ministry is to restore church bell ringing

          on a regular schedule once again in America as they did in years past to celebrate our Lord.


        We are a nonprofit providing an automated ringer system that is affordable for ALL churches.


       Start Your Church Bell Ministry with a Programmable Church Bell Ringer DIY Kit!


Let your church’s bell celebrate our Lord with a familiar American sound!


Your Bell can draw attention to the Lord and your church during the daytime

using the TOD Clock Chime,  even when no one is there.




    The Programmable Church Bell Ringer System includes a Remote

    Solenoid to pull the bell’s clapper against the bell to preserves the

    original tone of the bell.  The “10 Pounder” Solenoid is used for  

    bells 15” diameter and under.  The “20 Pounder” Solenoid is  

    employed for most bells and the “40 Pounder” is available for very

    large bells.  These values are the rated force of each solenoid.

            The PCBR Hardware System Features:

    The PCBR’s Controller is a Rabbit Semi 2000 Embedded Computer System.

    TOD Clock never needs setting with built in atomic clock radio receiver.

    2 line 16 character display LCD display prompts all programming steps.

    Battery Backup retains TOD and flash memory saves your user settings.


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The PCBR-I Kit is now available with an international option which operates from 230vac!!!!!!   

 The Programmable Church Bell Ringer Plus’s  User Manual  helps make the system kit simple to install.

                            A PCBR System Wiring Diagram is available by clicking on this link.

                        The PCBR – International System Wiring Diagram is available too!

        The PCBR Plus box programs easily with the two menu driven front panel pushbuttons and the 2 line LCD display. 


      The Church Bell Ministry is your supplier for D I Y Church Bell Automation Equipment!

  Simple mechanical design provides years of reliable maintenance free service!!!


State of the art electronics provides many ring pattern and bell size options !!!

What’s in the box ?     Put it this way    it’s a lot more than just a timer.




   The front side of the circuit board has the LCD         The rear side or component side has the Rabbit 2020,  

   display, pushbuttons, battery, beeper and fuse.          the C-Max CMMC-8 Atomic Clock Radio and other parts.


Think of the PCBR Box as an alarm clock, except that it operates on a weekly schedule.

With the PCBR Plus Box – Set your weekly ring schedule, select TOD Chime and forget it!



     The PCBR Controllers are housed in a die cast aluminum enclosure with a

                           dark hammer tone painted finish.  Very Nice!   


  Einstein once said, “Machines are to be designed as simple as possible – but no simpler.”

 Shown below are the two locomotives that provide the clapper strike to match any bell.




  The 20 Pounder pulls the clapper with a 20 pound force.  For medium and large bells that

  pass the one finger pull test.  With the bell tilted, if one finger will flip the clapper into

  the side of the bell for a solid ring, then this is the correct solenoid for your bell.



   The 40 Pounder pulls the clapper with a 40 pound force.  For very large bells.  With the

   bell tilted, if two fingers are required to flip the clapper into the side of the bell for a   

   solid ring, then the 40 Pounder is the correct double solenoid for your large bell.




PCBR Software Features:     

Six Programmable Weekly Ring Times that announce each service by ringing for 1 minute

Six Optional Time of Day Clock Chimes

  >   Chimes on the hour from 9 AM to 6 PM

  >   Chime at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM and 6PM

  >   Noon Chime Only

  >   Angelus Ring Only

  >   TOD Chime and Angelus Ring

  >   No TOD Chime and Angelus Ring    

        Clapper Solenoid active (30, 60, 90 and 

          150 mSec)

     Bell Delay Time (1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0  Sec)

   Selectable ring pattern (single or twin ring)

Manual Remote Pushbutton rings the bell too

     Selectable ring pattern (single ring, twin 

     Ring, 25 ring  peal, Angelus Ring and a  

     Funeral Toll Ring)



Call or Write to:


Church Bell Ministry

Dave Smith

1900 Glen Echo Road

Jonesborough, Tennessee


Ph  423 747 0585






Powerful electric solenoid

pulls clapper into fixed

position bell   Wow!


2X4 Sub Frame mounts to the

bell’s frame






















          The Church Bell Ministry is your supplier for DYI Church Bell Automation Equipment!


  The Church Bell Ministry offers a cost effective ringing solution for Catholic Three Bell Towers.


      The Three Bell PCBR Box provides the ring features below and all in one PCBR Box.  Cool!


  Small Bell or Bell#1 - used for Call to Mass, Time of Day Clock Chime  

  Medium Bell or Bell #2 -  “Angelus” ring provides Angelus ring pattern at noon and 6PM daily.  The Angelus Ring Pattern is

  three strikes, pause, three strikes, pause, three strikes, pause, nine strikes. 

  Large Bell or Bell #3 - “DeProfundis” is used for a manually initiated (Pushbutton) Funeral Toll and provides one strike

  every 10 seconds for 5 minutes.

  All Three Bells – The Wedding Toll provides a showering of all three bells in a pseudo random ring pattern for one minute.




    3 Bell PCBR Kit  (as seen left to right)


·         3 Manual Push Buttons and Wire (0ne for each bell)


·         3 Bell Tie Down Braces and Wheel/Lever Clamps


·         Three Bell PCBR Plus Box


·         Clapper and Installation Hardware


·         3 Clapper Linkage Solenoid Sets (1 w/ Double Solenoid)


·         Installation and User’s Manual (rear of photo)




  All three bells offer six weekly ringtimes, with a selectable single or double ring pattern.  (Ding or Ding – Dong)

  Time of Day Clock Chime (9AM – 6PM) and/or Angelus Ring (Noon and 6PM) can be enabled on any of the 3 bells.

  Three Manual Pushbuttons (1 for each bell) for ring operations with five selectable ring functions.

  The Three Bell PCBR Box is available as standard or Three Bell PCBR PLUS Box with the Atomic Clock Radio Receiver. 


             The 3 Bell PCBR-I Kit is now available with an international option which operates from 230vac!!!!!!  


                             The 3 Bell Wedding Toll makes for a joyous celebration. 

                   Click for a Wedding Toll video from St. Mary’s in Lindsay, ON  (Thanks Rick)      


           The  3 Bell PCBR Plus User’s Manual can be downloaded here!

                          A 3 Bell Ring Schedule Form is available for download:  3 Bell Ring Schedule Form


    Note: If the solenoid hammers on your bell(s) are intact, the PCBR Box and an external solid state relay (OPTO 22 P/N

    240A25) or contactor (EATON P/N C25BNB225A) with 120vac coil provides a cost effective replacement controller!

          (The cost of the Solenoid(s)/Linkage, Bell Mounting Kit is excluded in the price)   


  The Programmable Church Bell Ringer operates from 105 -130 vac power.  The cost to operate is only pennies per year.

  Speaking of cost – The PCBR System Kit (includes everything except the 2x4s) sells for $695 for the standard system kit.

                           - The PCBR-I System Kit (same as above but 230vac)  sells for $745 for the standard system kit.

        - The PCBR Plus System Kit with Atomic Clock Radio sells for $895.

                 - The  Three Bell PCBR System Kit  sells for $1395.  The Three Bell Kits include three sets of solenoids

                     and linkage including a Double Solenoid option for the Large or “DeProfundis” Bell.   

                - The  Three Bell PCBR-I System Kit  sells for $1445.  (Same as above but 230vac power input).

                     and linkage including a Double Solenoid option for the Large or “DeProfundis” Bell.  

       - The Three Bell PCBR Plus System Kit sells for $1595.


                   Since the goal of the Church Bell Ministry is to ring God’s Bells, all models have a ten year warrantee.


Specify bell size(s) on the order form as 15” or smaller which uses the “10 Pounder”.  Larger bells (the one finger test)

use the “20 Pounder” Solenoid.  Very large bells (the two finger test) use the “40 Pounder” Solenoid. 

                                        See the application note below about solenoid selection for installation.                        


                                               How to Order


To start your Church Bell Ministry, order the Programmable Church Bell Ringer System Kit. 

         Please mail a check or money order to the above address made out to:   Church Bell Ministry 

                                                  for $715* for the Standard PCBR Kit                                                 

                                                  for $745***  for the PCBR-I Kit (International – operates on 230vac)

  for $915* for the PCBR Plus Kit

  for $1415* for the Standard Three Bell PCBR Kit

                                        for $1445*** for the Three Bell PCBR-I Kit (International – 230vac)

  for $1615* for the 3Bell PCBR Plus Kit

                      * UPS Ground shipping is included in above prices.  Please supply ship to info.

                   *** USPS International Priority Mail not included (typically $56 to $80 extra)

For international orders please use Western Union which includes currency exchange and money transfer.


Specify which PCBR Kit, bell size(s), optional PVC Solenoid Cover(s) using the order form below.

Since most church’s do not have credit card accounts, we are sorry but we cannot process them.


If you are anxious about mailing a check (your church’s money) to an unknown company for something that must be

  installed or assembled, please be assured that your complete satisfaction is our promise.  This ministry’s goal is to regularly

       ring our church bells to glorify God, not to make financial gain.  Feedback from our customer’s delight is our profit!



Here’s what customers are saying about the Church Bell Ministry:


Ray from Texas, “We actually now have folks stopping to say the Angelus.  Cool right? Your mission is working!”


Jim from Florida, “We too were reluctant to purchase striker system from Dave as it sounded too good to be true.”


Julie from Ohio, “I found Dave Smith, Church Bell Ministry, on the internet and could not believe what he was able

to do for the price he was asking.”   


Bobby from California,  “The Bell is a 24 inch, cast Iron bell that weighs about 140-160 pounds.  It actually is a

School Bell, but it sounds great.  It's not too loud and just loud enough.  This project came out really good.”


Notes like this one as stated above, “Feedback from our customer’s delight is our profit!”


Dear Dave:  just wanted to let you know that the installation has been successfully completed and is ringing

regularly and on schedule!  Our bell has once again been able to announce Our Lord to the community and will

call our parish family to worship regularly!  Thank you for the gift of ‘church bell ministry’ and for the affordable

option you provide through your service to churches and others!  Our bell is a Meneely from 1883 and will continue

to serve the people of God thanks to your efforts and the efforts of our parish family to make this a reality. 

I invoke God’s deepest blessings upon you in thankfulness for helping our little church give witness to the power

of God through our bell!  From the inscription on our bell, “my tongue shall speak of Thy praise”!


In gratitude,  Fr. Mike



 NOT made in China!  Each PCBR Plus Kit and PCBR Kit is manufactured in Jonesborough Tennessee, USA!


      The Church Bell Ministry has PCBR Kits installed in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.

The Church Bell Ministry is the only Bell Automation Equipment Supplier to provide ‘on line’ pricing.  That says a lot!


                             Use this easy Order Form to mail your order.

                                                            Click Here


            There is no need for a Capital Campaign to get your bell ringing again!


         Great idea for:  a Memorial, a Youth Group Project, a Homecoming event,

                     a Centennial Celebration, or other Special Celebration


Get your group together and see if your church community

doesn’t need to give GOD a little extra attention.

   Bring back to your community an American tradition and Give GOD the Glory!


         The Church Bell Ministry is your supplier for DYI Church Bell Automation Equipment!


Be sure to listen to some of the mp3 files below demonstrating these bell’s natural sound!!


            Here is the way the Programmable Church Bell Ringer Kit installs into a church!!



Step 1:  Strap down the tilted bell with Clapper hanging 1” from side of bell.


Step 3:  If the clapper does not have a

Protrusion, drill, tap & mount standoff. 


Step 2: Construct a Subframe to the bell’s

Main Frame 2“ below free hanging clapper. 



















Step 5: Mount the PCBR Box and Manual Ring PB and connect cable from Solenoid.


Step 4:  Install Solenoid and connect

Plunger linkage to the clapper bottom.


Step 6:  Program the PCBR for your Ring

Times and enable the TOD chime. Enjoy!



















         Free Installation Advisement Available: Send an email to

       with an attached digital picture (*.jpg) of your bell.  We will review and respond with recommendations.     




                                    BELL APPLICATION NOTES




     Bell installations are as various as the creativity of the mind of the installer.  Here are some examples that show 

   various methods of building the subframe, positioning the bell and connecting the solenoid linkage to the clapper.  


         This bell is installed in the church sign which is located on the side of the roadway.  The PCBR Box is installed inside the church and the solenoid

           cable is buried in plastic conduit.  The solenoid wire is snaked down behind the wallboard and exits the building through a hole drilled through the brick.

           A small junction box secured to the brick provides a clean transition into the conduit.




             A man stopped by when I was working on this bell and asked why it was tilted.  I explained about

             the 1“ clapper travel etc…………Then I said to him, “Someday, they will all look that way!”


             Some customers did not want to tilt their bell.  The clapper can be preloaded using a pair of hard rubber

             stops that cradle the relaxed clapper appropriately for the 1” solenoid travel.  This obviously reduces

             the strike force because the effects of gravity.  To offset gravity, two springs can be installed from the

             clapper linkage to the solenoid frame that restore the strike force of the of the PCBR system. 

             Click on the link for a mechanical (top view) sketch of the preloaded clapper installation!    No Tilt

             The PCBR Kits do not normally include bumpers, so indicate on the order form that you require them.


                       The tilt mechanism on this bell installation takes full advantage of the original flange that connected to the rope lever when the bell was

                       installed in the tower.  A steel plate, with a “U” shaped cutout to allow it to fit around the bell shaft, provides strong connectivity to the

                       angle adjuster plate.  As seen in the picture above, it is hardly noticeable.  Nice for a bell on display.






                         Most bigger bells have a spring damper that repels the clapper from the side of the bell except for the impact strike.  This damper

                         can interfere with the clapper’s path and  reduce the  force of the solenoid when striking the bell.  It can be shifted out of the way

                         by inserting a washer or shim under one side.  The top nut will need to be loosened to insert this shim then retightened.  

                         If this is not possible, see below.





                            The spring damper on this beautiful bell in Wellington, Ohio is spread using two pieces of steel rod threaded on one end and a

                            threaded coupling.  The required amount of separation to achieve clearance is actually quite small.  Two pieces of 3/8” threaded

                            rod cut to the appropriate length with a hack saw and the hex threaded coupler included with the PCBR Kit, lock nuts and

                            Loctite/Gorilla Glue does the job very nicely. No machine shop effort required!  Jim, thanks for the nice picture!





                           Very large bells with clapper weight exceeding 8 pounds can use interconnect linkage in a tandem solenoid pair which will double

                           the strike force.  The solenoids are wired in parallel so they will activate simultaneously.  The drive circuitry of the PCBR box will

                           easily handle two solenoids, but the fuse value will have to be increased due to the change in load current.





                      The easiest way to determine one solenoid or double solenoid is to ring the bell when tilted with your finger(s).  If one finger pulls

                      the clapper into the bell easily – then order a single solenoid.  If the mass of the clapper requires two fingers to pull the clapper

                      against the side of the bell – then a double solenoid is recommended.  As expected, the clapper shown in this picture took two

                      fingers.  This bell rings at the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, Missouri.  Marc,  thanks for the digital photo!





                            The PCBR Kit can be installed without tilting the bell.  Rubber bumpers “catch” the clapper when the solenoid is not active. 

                            Note the two springs installed to offset the pull of gravity.  Their force is determined using a force gauge or a simple fish scale.

                            Connect the scale’s hook to the bottom of the clapper and pull the clapper to the side of the bell.  The spring force is one half

                            of the measurement (two springs).  Select the spring with a force just less than ˝ to assure the clapper, when relaxed, will fall

                            away from the side of the bell.  Note the reflection of the bell installed at St. Paul’s in Hammond, LA.  Don, thanks for the picture!





                             This “40 Pounder” is installed on a Profundus bell that was cast in 1883.  It is part of the Three Bell Tower of Saint Boniface

                             Catholic Church in Brunswick, MO.  The 3 Bell PCBR Plus Kit provided a complete tower ringer system replacement for $1595. 

                             Thanks for the nice picture, Alan!





                         This bell installed in the First Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach is back in service for the Lord using a PCBR Plus Kit

                         with a “40 Pounder”.  Stuart is using a steel  frame for mounting the solenoids minimizes any tower resonance  that is possible

                         when the solenoids pulse.  The final touch for this installation is a good coat of polyurethane on the solenoids, linkage and

                         metal framework to protect from the salt air.   Jim, thanks, we always enjoy pictures.





                               This PCBR Kit is installed without tilting the bell using two clapper springs to offset gravity.

                                                      Beautiful new bell tower at Unity Presbyterian Church located in Terre Haute, IN.





               A bell enthusiast at this Catholic Church rebuilt the bell hammer solenoids and replaced the rectifiers from the original bell

               automation system.  He used the PCBR controller as a cost effective replacement.  The ring patterns for the Catholic Three

               Bell Tower include:

                     1) Large Bell – Funeral Toll Ring or 1 strike every 10 seconds for 5 minutes initiated with manual pushbutton

                     2) Middle Bell – Angelus Ring or three strikes, pause, three strikes, pause, three strikes, pause, nine strikes and rings at

                         12 noon and 6 PM  

                     3) Small Bell – Call to Mass

                A Time of Day Chime can be selected for any one of the three bells as desired.    Joe, thanks for the picture.





                   Some of the most beautiful bell towers can be found in the most obscure places.  This one is located in Limestone Tennesse.

                   Where???    You see what I mean.        The bell in this tower is shown above in steps two and three.  It required the clapper

                   standoff.  Cast iron, the usual clapper material, actually drills and taps quite easily.  Loctite or Gorilla Glue on all machine

                   threads is an installation requirement!





      These audio clips will demonstrate some of the PCBR timing settings.


Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

Double Ring (Ding – Dong)


Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

Single Ring (Dong – Dong)


This bell is suspended from two angle iron struts that bolt to the overhang frame of the church’s drive thru. 

This beauty has a rich sound that sounds like BRASS.  Being located at the church’s main entrance, it demands

immediate attention, even when not ringing.




Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

Double Ring (Ding – Dong)


Most churches today are well insulated to minimize energy usage.  This also keeps the sound of the bell outside too. 

Uhg!  This church installed a microphone about eight feet from the bell in their steeple and ran it thru their PA system

soundboard.  The bell sounds natural and true inside the church now too!




Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

                                                                                    Double Ring (Ding – Dong)


Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

                                                                                    Single Ring (Dong – Dong)


This bell is positioned using a coated steel cable fastened to the bell frame, then extended over the cap nut at

the top of the cradle.  A turnbuckle installed in the left side provides tilt adjustment.  This is a very simple and

effective tilt mounting method.  The solenoid mounts to a wooden baseplate attached to each side of the bell frame.







          This bell served its community in both school and church.  Note that the solenoid installation angle is aligned to match the

          clapper  swing instead of perpendicular.  The main item is smooth solenoid plunger travel!  If I were over a hundred years

          old, my frame would be twisted just a little too. It sure doesn’t affect its sound.   Note the picture insets.   Thanks, Steve





Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

Double Ring (Ding – Dong)


The Women’s Guild at this historic church decided to see what it would take to get their bell ringing again.

The bell manufacturer quoted $9600 to automate it.  A concerned member who was an engineer found the

PCBR Kit on the web and decided to prototype the installation with it before spending the $9600.  When

the PCBR Kit was installed, the bell sounded so wonderful, the high dollar option was deemed a dead issue.

The PCBR Kit is $695.      



Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

                                                                                    Double Ring (Ding – Dong)


Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

                                                                                    Single Ring (Dong – Dong)


               This bell is positioned using a 1 inch steel strap fastened to the cap nut at the top of the cradle then to the rear of wooden bell

               mounting frame.  When the bell is positioned correctly, the rear mounting hole is match drilled for a lag bolt into the wood frame .

               The solenoid mounts on the wooden frame members.  Don’t forget the Loctite or Gorilla Glue on all machine threads.



Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

                                                                                    Double Ring (Ding – Dong)


Click Here for Audio Clip of a 

                                                                                                Single Ring (Dong –Dong)


                     This bell is also positioned using a 1 inch steel strap fastened to the cap nut at the top of the cradle but then up to the top

                     rear of  the metal bell mounting frame.  The solenoid is mounted to an added wooden subframe that attaches to the original

                     metal frame.  Outdoor bells require a rain cover over the solenoid.





                 This clapper did not have a rope attachment extension and required installing the hex extension.  A 5/16 – 18 thread was

                 drilled and tapped at the very bottom of the clapper.  Most clappers are made of cast iron and drill and tap very nicely. 

                 Note the solenoid linkage and return spring.  This simple setup has been demonstrated to go for several hundred

                 thousand rings.






       A typical bell tower could have access to the bell by means of a ladder of wooden straps going STRAIGHT UP.  This could be a little

       intimidating. One trip up with an extension cord or rope used to get the user manual, tools, 2x4s and kit parts to the bell with a helper

       down below to attach each payload for the haul up. Including a power driver and saber saw, it took six drop cycles to get everything

       I needed.  Using the extension cord, I had AC power too.  The cord or rope is used for tool and refuse removal when complete. 

       Finally, drop the cord and carefully climb down.  This is easy knowing a job well done!  

       A PCBR Plus Kit was installed in this bell tower in Roan Mountain Methodist Church in Tennessee.





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