State Board of Missions Receives Four Communications Awards


The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions was honored with four awards in the 51st annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition held as part of the Baptist Communicators Association 61st annual meeting and workshop. The awards ceremony took place in the chapel of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Former State Missionary Brian Harris received three awards: second place for the Mix Music Camp site ( in the website, event or promotion site (adapted template) category; third place for the Acts 1:8 Connections site ( in the website, organization or company site (adapted template) category; and second place for his Mission Trip to Ukraine blog ( in the feature writing division. Formerly the State Board’s web and social media strategist, Harris now serves as online content strategist for GuideStone Financial Resources in Dallas.

In the audio-visual communications division, Bethany Rogers received a first place award for the 2014 Missions Volunteer of the Year video, produced for last year’s state convention annual meeting and featuring 16-year-old missions volunteer Beth Birchfield ( In addition, Rogers received a first place award in the interactive communications division for the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association website ( Rogers, who does freelance work for the State Board of Missions, is the Tuscaloosa Association’s communications specialist.

Several other Alabama Baptist entities and one church were also honored at the workshop. The University of Mobile won seven awards in the public relations, interactive communications, feature writing and total package divisions, including the grand prize for feature writing to Kathy Dean, the university’s director of media relations. Samford University was given three awards in the audiovisual and design divisions. The Alabama Baptist won a total of seven awards in the news and feature writing divisions. First Baptist Church, Montgomery, received an award in the public relations division for their 2014 stewardship campaign.

Jennifer Davis Rash, executive editor of The Alabama Baptist, and Doug Rogers, director of communications and technology services at the State Board of Missions, served as awards co-chairs for the competition and banquet, assisted by a committee made of up staff members from The Alabama Baptist, the State Board of Missions and First Baptist, Montgomery.

More than 440 entries were submitted for judging this year. The awards competition is open to all Southern Baptist communicators who are members of Baptist Communicators Association, meaning the entries above were judged against other state conventions, colleges and universities, state newspapers, children’s homes, and national and international missions agencies.

A complete list of winners in an online flipbook format may be viewed at

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