Bill T. George and Wanda Thompson LeRoy are the 2010-2012 award winners of the Charles W. Conn Historical Writing Award.
The Church of God Historical Commission recently announced the winners of the Charles W. Conn Historical Writing Award. The 2010-2012 award winners are Bill T. George for his book, Until All Have Heard: The Centennial History of Church of God World Missions (Church of God World Missions, 2010), and Wanda Thompson LeRoy for her article-length publication, No Ordinary Life: Jennie Brinson Rushin McNair (Church of God World Missions, 2011).
George serves as coordinator of education and publications for Church of God World Mission and authored Until All Have Heard to capture the spread of the movement to 180 countries and territories as well as trace the dedicated labors of hundreds of missionaries and national leaders. His book was written on the occasion of the centennial of Church of God World Missions. LeRoy’s history is in the Missionary Hero Series and traces the life of Jennie McNair, who along with her husband, Roy, went to China in 1914.
The Church of God International Executive Council created the Charles W. Conn Historical Writing Award in 2002 to honor long-time Church of God author and historian Dr. Charles W. Conn. Conn penned his history of the Church of God in 1955. When Like a Mighty Army was revised in 1977, the Executive Council designated Conn as Church Historian. Pathway Press released a tribute edition in 2008.
The mission of the Historical Commission is “to preserve and perpetuate the history and heritage of the Church of God and its global Pentecostal mission.” Its purpose is to promote the preservation, understanding, and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Church of God. The Commission gives attention to the collecting and preserving of historical documents, to the writing of history, and to promoting occasions for the church to remember, appreciate and celebrate its heritage.
The Charles W. Conn Historical Writing Award and the General Assembly Heritage Exhibit are among the ministries of the Historical Commission. The commission selects both a book and an article each General Assembly period to receive the writing award. The Heritage Exhibit has been a popular attraction since 1996. The exhibit was prepared by the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, and this year’s theme was “Living the Word: 125 Years of Church of God Ministry.