FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s Communications team received its highest number of awards for professional excellence in its history Friday night (April 21) during the annual meeting of the Baptist Communicators Association.
Nine awards – four first place, three second place, and two third place – were awarded in the categories of graphic design, interactive communications (website), and audio-visual communications.
The Georgia Baptist winners competed against other Southern Baptist state conventions and national agencies who submitted 433 entries in the annual competition. Kathie Chute, awards chair and director of communications at Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), said the submissions were the second highest in the history of the 64-year old, 300-member organization.
The number of entries was so large, Chute said that judging occurred over two consecutive Saturdays as the seminary’s new location in Ontario, CA.
The awards went to the following state missionaries:
FIRST PLACE — Elizabeth Locke, Design Division; Promotion and Advertising: Billboard/Banners category for “3-in-1 Mission Banner”;
FIRST PLACE — Linda Wilkins, Interactive Communications Division; Mobile Apps category for “Ministry Expense Tracker Mobile App”;
FIRST PLACE — Jon Graham, Audio-Visual Communications Division; Audio: Other category for “Benham Brothers”;
FIRST PLACE — Barry Dollar, Interactive Communications Division, Website, Event, or Promotion Site, Adapted Template category for “Move Conference 2016 Website”;
SECOND PLACE — Barry Dollar, Interactive Communications Division; Website, Event, or Promotion Site, Adapted Template category for “Camp Pinnacle Website”;
SECOND PLACE — Jon Graham, Audio-Visual Communications Division; Video: Promotion, More than 3 Minutes category for “Mission Georgia DVD: Beyond”;
SECOND PLACE — Rod Hampton, Jon Graham, and Ron Lawson, Audio-Visual Communications Division; Audio, Other category for “Life With Purpose Radio’;
THIRD PLACE — Barry Dollar, Interactive Communications Division; Website, Event or Promotion Site, Adaptive Template category for “Confluence 2016 Website”;
THIRD PLACE — Linda Wilkins, Interactive Communications Division; Mobile Apps category for “Georgia Baptist Mission Board Mobile App”.
State Missionary Mark Strange oversees the Communications office for the mission board.
State Missionary Joe Westbury, managing editor for The Christian Index, serves as treasurer for the national organization.