The Day1 ministry last week held its annual benefit banquet at a private club in Atlanta. For the sixth year the event honored leaders in metro Atlanta who are well known for their commitment to the good of the community, but who may not have been recognized for their deep commitment to their church and Christian faith. The event supports the Day1 radio and internet ministry (formerly the Protestant Hour).
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter received the Day1 Pioneer Award in Christian Service. She has worked for more than four decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Carter is a leading advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center in Atlanta, which was founded by her and former President Jimmy Carter in 1982.
The Rev. L. Bevel Jones III received the Day1 Pioneer Award in Christian Communications. Jones, a religious leader in the Southeast for decades and a retired United Methodist bishop, was a longtime trustee of the Day1 parent organization, the Alliance for Christian Media.
Representatives from each of the participating denominations on Day1 will also be recognized for their servant leadership. This year’s honorees will be:
o Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Joan and Kirby Godsey. Kirby Godsey is chancellor of Mercer University in Atlanta and Macon. The Godseys have been active community leaders in Atlanta, Macon and throughout Georgia and through the fellowship.
o The Episcopal Church: Dr. David Apple. Apple is medical director emeritus of Shepherd Center and an active member of the Cathedral of St. Philip.
o Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Amy and Walt Carpenter. Walt Carpenter is a physician at Emory Healthcare and active in community and church service, and Amy Carpenter is a full-time volunteer, serving as a leader at NovusWay Ministries, Lutheran Towers, Wellspring Living Girls Residential Program and in their church, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
o Presbyterian Church (USA): John and Sue Wieland. John is founder of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, and he and Sue have been committed to numerous philanthropic ventures. The Wielands are members of the North Avenue Presbyterian Church.
o United Church of Christ: Gail S. Tuson. Tuson serves a Fulton County Superior Court judge, is a member of First Congregational UCC and is active with numerous community aid organizations.
o United Methodist Church: Homer Rice. Rice is one of the nation’s most respected collegiate administrators, having served as athletics director of Georgia Tech for many years. He is a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
Produced and hosted by Peter Wallace, Day1 is distributed nationally to more than 200 stations each week, including NewsTalk WSB in the Atlanta area (AM 750 and 95.5 FM, Sundays at 7:05 a.m.). It is also accessible by podcast at www.Day1.org. The award-winning program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media in association with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.
Day1 began in 1945 when leaders of several major denominations and church-related colleges and seminaries came together with the goal of spreading the good news through radio. Every week since then, the program has presented compelling sermons from outstanding preachers from across America, bringing faith and hope to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Information: visit www.Day1.org