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Columbia Union Members Win Communication Awards

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Steve Vistaunet (left), SAC president, presents Roy Adams with the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Roy Adams, a longtime associate editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s flagship magazine, was among those recently recognized for communicating the church’s mission and message.

Adams, who recently retired from his post as associate editor for the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) during their annual meeting in Rochester, N.Y., last month. A member of Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., Adams served in the position since 1988. He was also recognized for his contributions as a book author and his roles in education and church leadership.

SAC also presented the newsroom of the 59th General Conference Session with the Reger Smith Jr. Cutting Edge Award. The newsroom team, let by then world church Communication department director Rajmund Dabrowski, also a Sligo church member, was noted for “lasting coverage” of Session news and “solid operation.” Dabrowski was also a recipient of a SAC President’s Award of Appreciation for launching a “legacy of innovation in communication strategy” and encouraging church communicators to “stretch beyond the status quo.”

Fred Kinsey, former North American Division Communication department director and a member of Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., was also presented a President’s Award of Appreciation. Kinsey was recognized for his impact on students and “continued dedication” to furthering the church’s mission.

Frenita Buddy, a Hope Channel television producer and member of Allegheny East Conference’s Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., was awarded this year’s Young Professional Award for her accomplishments in radio, television and her “ongoing volunteerism and mentoring.” The recognition also notes Buddy’s work in producing three award-winning shows for the church’s television network. 



Rainey H. Park, author of Love, Kirsten, received the SAC Student Award. The book tells the true account of Kirsten Wolcott, a student missionary and member of Potomac’s Tappahannock (Va.) church, who was killed while serving on the Micronesian island of Yap in 2009. Park and Wolcott were classmates at Southern Adventist University (Tenn.).


Frenita Buddy, Hope Channel producer, was awarded this year’s Society of Adventist Communicators’ Young Professional Award


Celeste Ryan Blyden, Visitor editor, interviews the newsroom team for the 59th General Conference Session. They received the Reger Smith Jr. Cutting Edge Award.