January 2019 Update

Membership Benefits Continue in 2019

DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards (RCC’s peer award competition)

Deadline for entries is January 24.

DeRose-Hinkhouse Best of Class statueYou only need three things:

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to active RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations. With 9 categories that cover a wide range of communication skills, please consider how much of your excellent work you might want to enter.

Wilbur Awards

Wilbur Award trophyThe Religion Communicators Council is accepting entries for the 2019 Wilbur Awards competition. Secular communicators have until Feb. 6 to submit work produced during 2018 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication. Contact communicators you know in the secular arena and encourage them to enter by going to the RCC Wilbur Awards page.


 RCC (Religion Communicators Council) will join with ACP (Associated Church Press) for both organizations’ annual convention meeting April 10-13 in Chicago, IL. The theme for the joint event is Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions. The historic Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown is be the host site.

In addition to the opportunities for professional development, networking and fellowship, sponsorship opportunities are now available for your organization. Tasha Sargent, from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is Sponsorship Coordinator. The deadline to reserve sponsorships/program ads is February 22, 2019, but sooner is always better! You can learn more on the Convention Sponsorships page.

Registration for the Convention is open. Cost is $395. Check out convention details and schedule/speakers information on the 2019 RCC-ACP Convention page.

Member news

Cover of the paperback version. Also available in Kindle version (different cover).

Eron Henry (Washington DC Chapter), RCC Board member, has released a new book titled Constitutionally Religious: What the Constitutions of 180 Countries Say About Religion and Belief. Eron, both a clergyperson and communications professional, compiled the book which offers a roadmap and guide for the reader or researcher to understand what a country says or values about faith and belief. The book is available on Amazon.com.

Simran Jeet Singh (New York Chapter) published a commentary with Religion News Service in their Articles of Faith opinion series titled: “What I Learned Teaching Islamic Studies in Texas.” Simran is a member of the Sikh religion and scholar of religion currently based at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. He is also senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition. He taught the Islamic Studies course for Trinity University, a catholic-related University, in San Antonio Texas.

Jennifer Davis Rash (Member-at-Large) has been named the first woman to be Editor of the statewide, faith-based Alabama Baptist newspaper. Jennifer is longtime writer and editor for the publication. She is also a DeRose-Hinkhouse Award winner.

Nadine Monn (Member-at-Large) was recently promoted to Employee Development & Engagement Lead at The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Katherine Kerr Kubatzky, APR (Member-at-Large) accepted a new position as Civil Clerk at Williamson County (Texas) Justice of the Peace #4 in January 2019.

In memory

Gomer Lesch (retired, longtime RCC member), a former radio journalist and director of public relations and chief of the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay) bureau of Baptist Press, died recently at age 96.


Reminder: One of the MANY benefits of RCC membership is the Job Openings found on our website. Here is a recent one. Perhaps you want to consider it yourself or pass it on to someone. Others are available.

From the Mennonite Central Committee’s Washington Office: “We have a two-year Legislative and Communications Fellowship opening up. The role includes a monthly stipend, housing, food and health care coverage. It’s a great entry-level opportunity for someone who has just finished college.”


Help support RCC through your donations in honor or memory of someone, or just to do a good deed.

Thanks to those who have given recently

Thank you for end of 2018 donors: Doug Cannon and Martha Mann in honor of Shirley Struchen.

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