Each year The Foundation for Evangelism recognizes one person as the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church. The purpose of this grant is to create a platform from which exceptional, innovative leaders who are in ministry in a United Methodist setting can serve as role models and inspiration for others seeking to new, impactful way to approach evangelism in the spirit of John Wesley whereby people enter into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

Evangelism happens in many contexts and many settings.  Evangelism impacts and engages all generations and requires relationship among a variety of persons.  All are called to be evangelists – not just those who are also called to be clergy.  It is the purpose of this award to celebrate, inspire, encourage and equip ALL who are called to be evangelists.