The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards

Honoring Excellence in Religious Communications and Public Relations

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to active members of the Religion Communicators Council who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations.

The awards are named to honor the late Victor DeRose and the late Paul M. Hinkhouse, leading lithographers in New York City, and longtime friends of the RCC. Both men shared a strong interest in, and concern for, excellence in communications.

I love the RCC. I take its mission to heart personally, and the people associated with this organization are doing some of the most important work of our times. I encourage all members to enter the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards. Besides the opportunity to share your creations with a larger audience, you deserve the recognition. See you at the (virtual) awards show!

Rev. Brian Fesler

Coordinator of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards, Pastor, Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre Nashville

2021 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award Winners


Periodicals

Best in Class

Connection, compassion and care in a Bronx COVID-19 ward — Sr. Mary Catherine Redmond
Chris Herlinger
Global Sisters Report / National Catholic Reporter

Newspapers – Series

Category Winner

South Carolina United Methodist Advocate
Jessica Brodie and Allison Trussell
South Carolina United Methodist Advocate

Newspapers – Single Work

Category Winner

The Alabama Baptist
Jennifer Rash and Carrie McWhorter
The Alabama Baptist Inc

Magazines – Series

Category Winner

Brilliant Star 2020 (Volume 50, No. 5 – Volume 51, No. 1)
Amethel Parel-Sewell, C. Aaron Kreader, Amy Renshaw, Heidi Parsons
Brilliant Star / Bahá’í National Center

Award of Merit

Gather magazine fall 2020 “Holy time” series, September, October, November 2020
Elizabeth Hunter and Sarah Carson
Women of the ELCA

Islamic Horizons
Omer Bin Abdullah
Islamic Horizons Magazine

Magazines – Single Work

Category Winner

Brilliant Star, “Hearts in Harmony,” Vol. 50, No. 6
Amethel Parel-Sewell, C. Aaron Kreader, Amy Renshaw, Heidi Parsons
Brilliant Star / Bahá’í National Center

Award of Merit

Gather magazine December 2020
Elizabeth Hunter and Sarah Carson
Women of the ELCA

Gather magazine September 2020
Elizabeth Hunter and Sarah Carson
Women of the ELCA

Newsletters – Series

Category Winner

Washington Newsletter
Adlai Amor, Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham, Alex Frandsen
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Award of Merit

US Bahá’í News
Joyce Litoff, Thomas Mennillo, James Humphrey
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

The Christian Citizen Weekly
Curtis Ramsey-Lucas & Joshua Kagi
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Newsletters – Single Work

Category Winner

US Bahá’í — June 2020
Joyce Litoff
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Blogs – Series

Category Winner

CBFblog
Aaron Weaver and Carrie Harris
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Award of Merit

Center for Religion in Public Life Blog
Gary Peluso-Verdend
Phillips Theological Seminary

Blogs – Single Work

Category Winner

And the steeple bell rang: A rural church’s Holy Week witness in a pandemic
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Award of Merit

The Great Women’s March
Kathy Williams
Ursuline Sisters of Louisville

Articles and Stories – Series

Category Winner

Holy Name Province Responds to COVID-19
Jocelyn Thomas
Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Award of Merit

A Summer to Remember: U.S. community rallies to advance despite unexpected turns
Thomas Mennillo, Joyce Litoff, Richard Doering, James Humphrey
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Fraternal Ecology Series
Jocelyn Thomas
Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Articles and Stories – Single Work

Category Winner

Connection, compassion and care in a Bronx COVID-19 ward — Sr. Mary Catherine Redmond
Chris Herlinger
Global Sisters Report / National Catholic Reporter

Award of Excellence

Coronavirus and conservatism
Curtis Ramsey-Lucas and Joshua Kagi
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Grieving, mourning and finding hope after COVID-19
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Redeeming a racist bequest
Mike Ferguson
Presbyterian News Service

Award of Merit

‘A woman of faith, action and energy’: Sr. Mary Scullion of Project HOME
Chris Herlinger
Global Sisters Report / National Catholic Reporter

Millions in federal dollars boost ministries
Heather Hahn
United Methodist News

Honorable Mention

Seattle pastor survives coronavirus
Paul R Seebeck
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Books

Best in Class

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie: A Man, a Trumpet, and a Journey to Bebop
Susan Engle
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Adult – Single Work

Category Winner

Quakers: A Quick Guide by Carl Abbott
Adlai Amor, Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Youth – Single Work

Category Winner

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie: A Man, a Trumpet, and a Journey to Bebop
Susan Engle
U.S. Bahá’í National Center


Websites

Best in Class

Brilliant Star Online
Amethel Parel-Sewell, C. Aaron Kreader, Amy Renshaw, Heidi Parsons
Brilliant Star / Bahá’í National Center

Organizational – Single Work

Category Winner

Brilliant Star Online
Amethel Parel-Sewell, C. Aaron Kreader, Amy Renshaw, Heidi Parsons
Brilliant Star / Bahá’í National Center

Award of Merit

www.fcnl.org
Jessie Palatucci, Alex Frandsen
Friends Committee on National Legislation

PC(USA) Special Offerings Website
Lauren W. Rogers
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Topical – Single Work

Category Winner

Beeson Magazine 2020: Being Human
Kristen Padilla
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University


Specialty Publications

Best in Class

2019 Annual Report, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Danny Ellison, Susan Gottshall, Nadine Hasenecz
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Annual Reports – Single Work

Category Winner

2019 Annual Report, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Danny Ellison, Susan Gottshall, Nadine Hasenecz
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Award of Merit

Fierce Love: 2019-2020 Annual Report of FCNL and FCNL Education Fund
Adlai Amor, Diane Randall, Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Other – Single Work

Category Winner

Let Us Light Candles: Advent and Christmas Devotional 2020
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Award of Merit

Forging a Path to Racial Justice
Richard Doering
U.S. Bahá’í National Center


News and Magazine Broadcasts

Best in Class

Black Lives Matter
Todd Seifert
Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church

Radio – Single Work

Category Winner

Hunger and Poverty in America
Tim McHugh
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Web Radio – Series

Category Winner

Black Lives Matter
Todd Seifert
Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church

TV – Series

Category Winner

Air Land & Sea, The Portuguese Sefarad
Brad Pomerance, Jon McCandless, Danny O’Brien, Kevin Wegener
Jewish Life Television/JLTV

Webcasts – Series

Category Winner

Fortifying Families Webinar Series
Ryan John Koch & Jonathan K. Ammons
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Award of Merit

Thursdays with Friends
Diane Randall, Adlai Amor, Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Webcasts – Single Work

Category Winner

Ryan John Koch & Jonathan K. Ammons
Ryan J Koch
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Shorts and Feature Presentations

Best in Class

On The Bruhl
Steve Horswill-Johnston & Andrew Jensen
Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church

Commercial or PSA – Single Work

Category Winner

Friends Committee on National Legislation Urges Americans to Get Out the Vote (English and Spanish)
Adlai Amor
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Commercial or PSA – Single Work

Category Winner

The Walk
Steven Havira
Hartford Seminary

Promotional/Informational – Series

Category Winner

Matthew 25 Social Media Videos
Melody Smith, Michael Fitzer, Kathy Francis, Jeffrey Lawrence
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Promotional/Informational – Single Work

Category Winner

Claremont School of Theology | Where We Are Going
Steve Horswill-Johnston
Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church

Award of Excellence

Beeson’s Faculty Help Shape Who You Become
Kristen Padilla and Nathan Troost
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

Matthew 25: Congregational Vitality
Paul R Seebeck
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Award of Merit

Hodges Chapel Tour
Kristen Padilla, Nathan Troost, Emily Knight, and Christy Harper
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

Matthew 25 – The Church is Not a Building
Lauren W. Rogers
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Entertainment/Inspirational – Series

Category Winner

Walking In Love
Kathy Williams, Patrick Lewis
Ursuline Sisters of Louisville

Entertainment/Inspirational – Single Work

Category Winner

My Grandfather’s Prayers
Lisa Sturz, Jon McCandless, Brad Pomerance
Jewish Life Television/JLTV

Documentary/Educational – Single Work

Category Winner

On The Bruhl
Steve Horswill-Johnston & Andrew Jensen
Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church


Specialty Programming

Best in Class

US Bahá’í News: A Circumnavigation on the Wings of Baha’i Choral Music
Joyce Litoff
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Podcasts – Series

Category Winner

US Bahá’í News: A Circumnavigation on the Wings of Baha’i Choral Music
Joyce Litoff
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Award of Merit

Respecting Religion podcast series
Cherilyn Crowe
BJC – Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Baptist Without An Adjective
Brian Kaylor
Word&Way

Podcasts – Single Work

Category Winner

Respecting Religion, Season 1, Episode 15: Protests, the president, and the photo op with a Bible
Cherilyn Crowe
BJC – Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Webinars – Series

Category Winner

CBF Conversations & CBF Gathering
Jeff Huett, Aaron Weaver, Carrie Harris and Jeff Langford
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship


Writing for Periodicals

Best in Class

Enduring Truths
Gayle White
GreenGate Marketing

Article or Story – Series

Category Winner

Commentary
Rev. Dr. Jeff Long
Southeast Missourian newspaper

Article or Story – Single Work

Category Winner

Sarah Schoper Salazar can’t be easily dismissed
Rev. Emily Enders Odom
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Cover or Feature Item – Single Work

Category Winner

The Salvation of Mass Incarceration
Jessica Brodie
South Carolina United Methodist Advocate

Article or Story – Single Work

Category Winner

One month and counting – The church’s unique role in encouraging and supporting voting
Susan Gottshall
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Award of Excellence

The USPS is Under Attack
Brian Kaylor
Word&Way

Award of Merit

Outdoor Sanctuaries Till New Ministries: Church lawns become creation labs
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Family perseveres through pandemic: Brothers with genetic condition benefit from family and community support
Thomas Mennillo
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Cover or Feature Item – Series

Category Winner

International Faith & Politics
Brian Kaylor
Word&Way

Award of Merit

Inviting more and expanding the possibilities: Experience pays off as more people build community in more ways
Thomas Mennillo
U.S. Bahá’í National Center

Cover or Feature Item – Single Work

Category Winner

Enduring Truths
Gayle White
GreenGate Marketing

Award of Merit

Andrea Bocelli: On Music and Miracles
Rose Pacatte, FSP, D.Min.
St. Anthony Messenger

Love for the World
Gayle White
GreenGate Marketing


Specialized Writing

Best in Class

Stepping Into the Holy Story: Finding the blessing in a pandemic-altered Christmas
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Editorial – Series

Category Winner

Too Literal News Reader
Brian Kaylor
Word&Way

Editorial – Single Work

Category Winner

Stepping Into the Holy Story: Finding the blessing in a pandemic-altered Christmas
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Award of Merit

The death penalty is a burden of shame for the United States. It must end
Diane Randall, Timothy McHugh
Friends Committee on National Legislation

The great bookcase reveal
Donna Frischknecht Jackson
Presbyterians Today

Broadcast Script – Single Work

Category Winner

Racism and Policing in America
Diane Randall, Adlai Amor
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Non-Broadcast Script – Single Work

Category Winner

Bearing Peace Across Racial Divides
Lauren W. Rogers
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Award of Merit

Providing Hope, Independence and Belonging to Children Learning to Hear
Lauren W. Rogers
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Artwork

Best in Class

Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional
Doug Puller
Bread for the World

Article or Story – Single Work

Category Winner

Black Lives Matter (White House)
Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Cover or Feature – Series

Category Winner

Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church
Brian Kaylor
Word&Way

Article or Story – Single Work

Category Winner

“Jesus and Vegas have a lot in common,” article from Gather magazine May 2020
Elizabeth Hunter and Sarah Carson
Women of the ELCA

Cover or Feature – Single Work

Category Winner

Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional
Doug Puller
Bread for the World

Award of Merit

Brilliant Star, “Bound Together,” Vol. 50, No. 5
C. Aaron Kreader
Brilliant Star / Bahá’í National Center


Design

Best in Class

Gather magazine December 2020 cover
Elizabeth Hunter and Sarah Carson
Gather magazine

Article or Story – Single Work

Category Winner

George Floyd – A Reckoning
Steven Havira
Hartford Seminary

Cover or Feature – Single Work

Category Winner

Gather magazine December 2020 cover
Elizabeth Hunter and Sarah Carson
Gather magazine

Website Design – Single Work

Category Winner

The Christian Citizen
Curtis Ramsey-Lucas & Joshua Kagi
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Logos and Branding – Single Work

Category Winner

FCNL Brand Standards 2020
Adlai Amor, Wesley Wolfbear Pinkham
Friends Committee on National Legislation


Campaigns

Best in Class

Our Faith, Our Future: Ending Hunger in Times Like These (A Virtual Gala)
Doug Puller
Bread for the World

Public Awareness

Category Winner

Texas Boy Adopted After Spending Half His Life in Foster Care
Buckner International: Christopher Ruth, Kayla Salzman, Morgan Russell
Buckner International

Award of Merit

Christians Against Christian Nationalism
Cherilyn Crowe and Chris Kearns-McCoy
BJC – Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Community Relations

Category Winner

2020 Advent Devotional
Kurt Gwartney and Joseph Edwards
Phillips Theological Seminary

Media Relations

Category Winner

Despidiéndonos.com – The platform to accompany those who suffer most during Pandemic
La Machi Communication for Good Causes
La Machi Communication for Good Causes

Crisis Management

Category Winner

Buckner Retirement Services Response to COVID-19
Buckner Retirement Services: Christopher Ruth and Kayla Salzman
Buckner International

Fundraising

Category Winner

Our Faith, Our Future: Ending Hunger in Times Like These (A Virtual Gala)
Doug Puller
Bread for the World

Award of Merit

CBF Gift Catalog
Jeff Langford, Carrie Harris and Jeff Huett
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Specialized Campaigns

Category Winner

Pope Francis’ Campaign for the end of the Pandemic COVID-19
La Machi Communication for Good Causes
La Machi Communication for Good Causes

Previous Winners

2020

Honoring excellence in religious communication and public relations for work completed in 2018 by RCC members.

2020 Awards of Excellence and Merit Winners
2020 Award Best in Class Winners

2019

Honoring excellence in religious communication and public relations for work completed in 2018 by RCC members.

2019 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Winners
2019 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Ceremony Photos

2018

Honoring excellence in religious communication and public relations for work completed in 2017 by RCC members.

2018 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Winners
2018 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Ceremony Photos

2017

Honoring excellence in religious communication and public relations for work completed in 2016 by RCC members.

2017 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award Winners

2017 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Ceremony Photos

2016

Honoring excellence in religious communication and public relations for work completed in 2015 by RCC members.

2016 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award Winners

2016 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Ceremony Photos

2015

Honoring excellence in religious communication and public relations for work completed in 2014 by RCC members.

2015 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award Winners

2015 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Ceremony Photos