S.C. win four awards from United Methodist Association of Communicators

The United Methodist Association of Communicators hosted a virtual annual awards gala March 10, announcing a 2021 Communicator of the Year and honoring the work of talented, passionate United Methodist communicators across the globe.

Judges considered 208 entries submitted by communicators across the denomination from local churches, to annual conferences, to agencies.

South Carolina communicators won four awards from UMAC in the video and photography categories, Annual Conference/Local Church Division.

In the Video Production Category: Costing $500-2,000, Matt Brodie and Dan O’Mara won third place for “Daily Prayers with Bishop Holston.”

In the Photo Portrait Category, Brodie won first place for “Her Life Matters.”

In the Photo Series Category, Brodie won second place for “UMM Retreat.”

And in the Photojournalism Category, Brodie won second place for “Cleaning Up After the Tornado.

In addition to the communication awards, the gala celebrated the hard work and innovative storytelling of Derek Leek, director of communications for the North Carolina
Conference of The United Methodist Church.

North Carolina Resident Bishop Hope Morgan Ward called Leek “an extraordinary communicator in an extraordinary season” and said his deep discipleship “overflows in his capacity to listen, support, lead and create in our midst.”

A number of other conference communicators were nominated for the prestigious award, including South Carolina’s O’Mara.

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