Awards honor United Methodist communicators

November 06, 2013

CHICAGO (UMNS) — The United Methodist Association of Communicators named the Rev. Arthur McClanahan as “Communicator of the Year” and inducted the Rev. Boyce A. Bowdon into its Hall of Fame.

The two longtime United Methodist communicators were among more than 60 honored Oct. 26 during the organization’s annual meeting. The professional association for those working and volunteering in United Methodist communications presented 10 best in class awards.

 McClanahan has served as the director of communications in the Iowa Annual (regional) Conference since 2005. He is a frequent collaborator with United Methodist Communications, working with the agency team to cover eight General Conferences.

He “brings a wealth of knowledge as a United Methodist pastor and as a person who has a great deal of hands-on experience in reporting the news of The United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. Donald R. Wood, a longtime friend and executive director of Good News Television (GNTV), in his introduction.

“When tornadoes or floods have ravaged local communities within the conference, our honoree has represented the United Methodist presence in the midst of reporting on their plight,” Wood said.

He added that McClanahan is a “Renaissance person” who uses just about every media tool to share the church’s story — including audio recording, video, photography, the written word and digital innovations.

The same night he won Communicator of the Year, McClanahan also took top honors for developing the Iowa Conference’s mobile app. He  won third place for his United Methodist News Service feature “Newtown responders get ‘Strength for Service,’” which  included audio clips from his interviews and the worship service. He also took photos of the other award recipients.

“At the end of the day, our photos will fade or move into some other realm of technology and our print may become something that’s just in a museum,” McClanahan told his fellow communicators in accepting his honor. “At the end of the day, people will know the Gospel we are commissioned to communicate by just looking in our eyes and seeing that we care that they will know God’s love.”

The full UMNS article can be accessed HERE.