The Rev. Larry Hollon, General Secretary of United Methodist Communications, was named Communicator of the Year at the 2011 annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC), Oct. 18-21 in Albuquerque.
In one of his nominations, Hollon was cited for being "the leading voice – often, a voice in the wilderness – for helping The United Methodist Church understand communications as a ministry that has the power to effect change and impact people's lives for Jesus Christ."
The identity of the recipient is kept secret until the award is presented at the annual awards gala – this year by Greg Nelson, communications director for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and a member of the UM Commission on Communications.
Hollon said he was "humbled" by the honor, and singled out the work of Annual Conference communicators.
"In this day of multimedia, in which communication technologies are literally changing our lives and shaping our culture, they are skilled not only at the latest tools but in thinking theologically and strategically how to communicate faith," he said.
Hall of Fame
Also at the Thursday, Oct. 20 gala, Wally Athey and the late Ann Greene Whiting were inducted into the UMAC Hall of Fame.
Athey, a 30-year veteran of television news, was the first director of communications for the Desert Southwest Annual Conference; Rev. Whiting served as editor of the Southern New England edition of the United Methodist Reporter and Zion's Herald, and editor and publisher of the Michigan Christian Advocate.