NASHVILLE, TN – The National Religious Broadcasters presented its Special Service Awards, including two inductions into the NRB Hall of Fame, during the Closing Gala Dinner of Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, on Friday, February 26.
R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries and Samuel Tirtamihardja of Far East Broadcasting Company became the newest members of the NRB Hall of Fame.
Sproul, who was unable to attend because of his ministry’s national conference, expressed his gratitude by video, saying he believes “it gives definition to the preface of ‘amazing’ for the words of grace, because it is only by grace that you would give such an honor to me.”
Tirtamihardja called it “a miracle” to be part of the leading Christian radio network in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world. “My heart is still in reaching the Indonesian people with the Gospel and bringing more people to Christ,” he said at the awards presentation.
Other award winners:
• Richard Lee of There’s Hope America accepted the William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service.
“Thank you to the Lord Jesus, who has provided an avenue [during the] last 32 years . . . to preach the Gospel and share the Gospel in many places around the world,” Lee said. “It’s all about Him.”
• Vonette Bright, Co-Founder of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), was presented posthumously with the Board of Directors Award for demonstrating integrity, displaying creativity, and making a significant impact on society.
“What an honor! Our mom loved NRB,” said Brad Bright, her son, upon accepting the award on her behalf. If she were present to receive the award, Bright said, she would tell the attendees, “‘Keep your eyes on Jesus, love people, and be tenacious.’ And then she would give God the glory.”
• Daily Hope With Rick Warren won the Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications.
To receive the award after fewer than three years on radio “is just amazing,” said Dave Arnold, Pastor of Strategic Initiatives, in accepting the award in Warren’s behalf.
Arnold added that Warren said those most deserving of the award are the “radio stations and the programs that had faith in us” and the program’s message of hope.
NRB also gave Milestone Awards for 50 years of service to Family Life Radio, which owns 40 stations in 11 states; Robert and Pauline Dallenbach of Pillar of Fire Radio Network; David Eshleman of WBTX Radio in Virginia; Stan Jeter, a consultant with CBN News; Nevin Larson of WDCX-FM in Buffalo, NY; and Roger Stubbe of Reach Beyond.
For more on the awards, see NRB Announces 2016 Media Awards Recipients.
By Tom Strode
Published: March 2, 2016