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The 2019 Eastern PA Annual Conference gave its annual Harry Denman Awards for Evangelism to three leaders and its annual One Matters Award to one remarkably fast-growing church. But it also honored both a longtime, retired clergy member and a group of urban churches by presenting them all with a new urban ministry award named in his honor. (This story originated at www.epaumc.org)
Suzette James of the conference Congregational Development Team presented The Harry Denman Awards for Evangelism to:
- The Rev. Steve Morton, North District Superintendent, who received the clergy Denman Award for his 21 years of pastoral leadership at Hopewell UMC in Downington. James credited his exemplary “team-based approach to ministry, commitment to community engagement and international missions, children’s and youth ministries, and Lenten Bible studies shared across the connection.” Morton left Hopewell to become a district superintendent in 2018.
- Carrie Argro, a Certified Lay Minister at St. Daniel’s UMC in Chester, who received the laity Denman Award for leading prayer teams throughout the church’s community and “meeting neighbors where they are” to address their spiritual and social needs. She is helping to lead St. Daniel’s new Hope Point community development initiative at the former Trinity UMC Chester.
- Jose Tirado Jr., of Cristo Rey UMC in Grove, who received the youth Denman Award for his “love and passion and radical hospitality” and for “sharing his personal testimony countless times,” said James. The personable high school senior is president of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry.