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The Academy of Preachers has contracted with Winterbourne Harrison-Jones, AoP’10 (through his corporation, Harrison Jones Philanthropic Solutions LLC) to assist with a year long fund raising effort. The AoP Board of Directors has set a goal of raising $202,000 during the current fiscal year.
“I am honored to have this opportunity,” Harrison-Jones said. “The Academy of Preachers has played a major role in my development as a preacher and a leader, and I am glad to have an opportunity to give back.”
Harrison-Jones is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he first meet AoP president Dwight A. Moody and signed on to attend the inaugural Festival of Young Preachers in January of 2010.
“I have known Winterbourne since the fall of 2008,” Moody said. “I met him when I first walked into Fisk Memorial Chapel while I was on a driving tour selling the idea of the AoP. From that moment on, we have been friends. He is a good preacher, an effective leader, and now is becoming an accomplished fund-raiser.”
Harrison-Jones served on the first Young Preachers Leadership Team. He is a graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Seminary in Rochester, New York. He is now in a graduate track (toward the PhD) at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
“The contract calls for him to take the lead in developing adequate infrastructure at the AoP and designing development events throughout the year,” Moody explains. “I look for a vigorous and effective fund-raising, friend-raising effort at the 2016 National Festival of Young Preachers in Lexington in January.”
Donors and their gifts constitute one of six revenue streams for the Academy of Preachers. This past year donations totaled $56,830, or 12% of revenue. The goal of $202,000 in 2015-2016 would push that percentage closer to a third of total revenue. Other revenue streams are sales (product and sponsorship), fees (for AoP events), membership dues, and interest on reserves.
Tyler Best, AoP’12 and Susan Waggener have now joined the AoP staff.
Tyler Best, AoP’12, is a familiar face and name to AoP network. He is a graduate of the University of Evansville where he first encountered the Campus Festival and the National Festival. He has served as Gospel Catalyst for two years. He is entering his first year at Asbury Theological Seminary. Tyler will work as the Social Media Manager for the AoP, giving prime attention to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Susan Waggener has been serving as a free-lance typist and secretary for the AoP for several years, and now the arrangement is being made public and official. Her title is Executive Assistant to the President, and will assist the AoP president in research, writing, and communicating with the AoP network. Susan had a long career as a proof reader for the Lexington Herald Leader.
We welcome these three new team members. This substantial enlargement of the AoP team brings to 8 the number of employees (5) and contractors (3) now leading and supporting our efforts to “identify, network, support, and inspire young people in the call to gospel preaching.”
AoP Membership Dues
Have you heard about AoP membership?
This is different from having preached at a Festival. If you have preached at a National Festival, you will always carry the status of the year you were inducted into the AoP, but annual membership will now allow you to show your ongoing commitment to the mission.
Membership is a new means for helping to sustain the AoP’s ministry to identify, network and support Young Preachers. In fact, starting with the current preaching theme, Heaven and Earth, being a dues-paying member is required in order to preach at a Festival of Young Preachers.
If you join now, you’ll receive the pictured AoP Lapel Pin in the mail as a welcome gift. If you wait to join as part of Festival registration, you’ll receive your pin at the Festival.
There are 3 levels of annual membership:
Young Preacher – $25
Ministry Professional – $120
iPartner (institutions) – $500