In the aftermath of a very successful 2012 National Festival, I pause to give thanks for one of the many fruitful partnerships we have developed over the past few years.
The Alliance for Christian Media, located in Atlanta, has been involved with the Academy from the beginning. They are one of 50 founding partners who have officially endorsed our mission to identify, network, support, and inspire young preachers across the country. Furthermore, they have provided hands-on expertise to help us share our story and expand our reach.
Rev. Peter Wallace, the recently named President of the Alliance and the executive producer of the Day 1 radio program, has attended the last two festivals as an exhibitor, sermon evaluator, and video interviewer. This year he talked to four Festival participants about their call to gospel preaching: Jean-Daniel Cathell Williams (Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT), Joseph T. Howard (Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA), David Telfort (Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA) and Kristina Heise (Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL).
Since 2004, Peter has hosted the Day 1 show and interviewed hundreds of outstanding preachers (young and old) across the United States. His willingness to record and distribute the stories of some of our Festival preachers is a true gift to them and to us.
Thank you, Peter, for your deep faith, your winsome spirit, and your eagerness to help spread the news of the Academy of Preachers!