Baptist and Reflector

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Communications Team of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board won multiple awards during the 53rd annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition sponsored by the Baptist Communicators Association.

The TBMB Communications Team received 13 awards, including the M.E. Dodd Memorial Award for radio, film, and video. Team members also captured five first place awards, two second place awards, and five third place awards.

“What’s exciting about the awards is that they are a recognition of the work our team does every day in support of our TBMB ministries and state missionaries,” said Chris Turner, director of communications.

“We’ve got some dedicated coworkers doing some great work in cooperation with some very missions-minded churches. It is truly an honor for us to tell those stories that are a direct result from Tennessee Baptists giving through the Cooperative Program and the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions.”

In addition, the Union University office of communications won multiple awards including the Albert McClellan Award in Print Media and Design while staff members Tim Ellsworth and Nathan Handley won individual writing awards.

TBMB winning entries included:

Dodd Award and first place, video: promotion, more than three minutes: GOTM 2016-17 video, “Youth Development Center Ministry” — TBMB Communications

First place, social media: single post: “Gatlinburg Fire Relief, Facebook Live” — Chris Turner

First place, photography, news: domestic single: “YEC 2016 Draws 8,330”  — Royce DeGrie and Connie D. Bushey

First place, feature writing, single blog post, “Mind Your Own Business” — Lonnie Wilkey

First place, design, print collateral (logo), “City Reach Logo Design” — Royce DeGrie

Second place, interactive communications, website, organization, or company site (custom built) — and Chris Turner

Second place, design, promotion, and advertising, specialty item — Royce DeGrie and Corinne Williams

Third place, photography, portrait, “If you could ask God one question: E.J.” — Royce DeGrie

Third place, news writing, opinion/editorial, “NCAA Takes Its Ball and Leaves” — Lonnie Wilkey

Third place, feature writing, single blog post, “Will Common Sense Prevail?” — Lonnie Wilkey

Third place, design, newspaper front page, “Traditional Families Continue to Dwindle” — Corinne Williams

Third place, overall publications, state Baptist newspaper, “Gatlinburg Fire Creates Challenges” — Baptist and Reflector staff

“One of the core values our Tennessee Baptist Mission Board strives for as we serve Tennessee Baptist churches is excellence,” said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the TBMB.

“These BCA awards are one of the strongest indications that our Communications Group, led by Chris Turner, is achieving the high mark of excellence. I’m very proud of this team for the way they tell the stories of how God is using Tennesseans in Great Commission work,” he added.