May 4 is deadline for nominations for 'Denman Evangelism Award' - for clergy, laity and youth


The Harry Denman Evangelism Award is named for the founder of The Foundation for Evangelism.

By Dr. David Russell
Memphis Conference Chairperson for Evangelism

Too often, the vital contributions of ordinary people are overlooked. The Foundation for Evangelism has the privilege of recognizing the ministry of everyday evangelists through the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. This prestigious award celebrates the personal evangelism of United Methodist clergy, laity and youth who make a difference in the lives of people, the church and community.
The Foundation is appreciative of efforts by conference leaders to select exceptional people who possess a passion to help bring others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Those persons who are helping to enable The United Methodist Church to fulfill its mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" by lifting up those who are living the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations."  (Matthew 28:19 RSV)
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes an outstanding pastor, lay person and youth from each conference. Conference leaders are invited and encouraged to seek out and nominate persons who have a passion for helping others experience God's transforming love through Jesus Christ, and then to select an honoree in each of the three service categories: clergy, laity and youth.
The Memphis Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplify the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of these awards, nominated by individuals, churches, or districts, and selected by the annual conference, live their call to “Offer Them Christ” daily as modeled by Dr. Harry Denman, founder of The Foundation for Evangelism that sponsors these awards.
To learn more about the award or to submit a nomination, contact me (Dr. David Russell, Memphis Conference Chairperson for Evangelism) by e-mail to or by phone 731-285-6454. An initial nomination should include brief biographical information about the nominee (name, age, contact information) and why the nominee should receive the Denman Evangelism Award. 

All persons nominated will be presented to a selection committee of persons on the Intentional Discipleship Action Team of the Memphis Conference who will choose the Memphis Conference recipients for 2015. These persons will be contacted for more detailed information and to coordinate their receiving their awards during the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference in Jackson, Tenn., May 31-June 3.
Nominations must be received no later than May 4, 2015 to be considered for the 2015 awards.