James Walker of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for his work in Public Relations Materials – Annual Report. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award ceremony was held in Boston, MA on March 29, 2009 in conjunction with RCC’s annual meeting, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
The award recognizes the achievements of RCC members who demonstrate excellence as religion communicators. Entries in various categories were judged by the Communications faculty of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.
Mr. Walker’s winning entry was the 2008 Annual Report of Donors to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and recognized the gifts from donors to LTSP in fiscal year 2008.
Paul Black, coordinator of the DeRose-Hinkhouse awards, reported that the judges confirmed they had to make some difficult choices due to the high quality of the submitted entries.
“The excellence in your members’ work is very impressive. All the judges found such outstanding work, beautifully done and very effective,” remarked Terry Lynn Johnson, ABC APR, associate professor in the journalism department at Eastern Illinois University.
LTSP, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world.
The RCC is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing, and public relations. Established in 1929, it is the oldest association of religion communicators in America. There are twelve local chapters around the country as well as members-at-large in cities where a chapter does not exist. The chapters meet monthly, providing an outlet for education and networking for the members. The chapters also serve to promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values as well as understanding among diverse faith groups.
A complete list of the 2009 DeRose-Hinkhouse award winners can be found at www.religioncommunicators.org.