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National Baptist Group awards "SAVED' video grand prize



​Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) communications director Blake Ragsdale and video director and editor Randy Durham won the top award for exceptional achievement in radio, television, film and video at this year’s Baptist Communicators Association’s (BCA) Wilmer C. Fields Awards banquet held in Washington D.C. on April 20.

The 2017 BCH offering video “SAVED” won the M.E. Dodd Award and also took first place in the “promotion video more than three minute” category.


“You could see God working in every phase of the project,” Ragsdale said. “My hope is that SAVED honors the Lord and how He is working in the lives of those BCH serves.”

Ragsdale also credits Randy Durham, owner of Credence Pictures in Raleigh, who has produced BCH’s offering videos for more than a dozen years. “God has given me the privilege of working alongside Randy who masterfully brings these stories to life.”

The M.E. Dodd Award is one of only seven divisional grand prize awards presented each year. It honors the memory of Dr. M.E. Dodd who served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA. for more than 40 years. He was a Southern Baptist Convention president, a pioneer in radio ministry and the first speaker on the “Baptist Hour.”

BCH’s North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) placed second in the “other” video category for their “Merry Christmas” video. NCBAM director of communications and administration Carol Layton won first place in the “feature writing for an article less than 750 words” category for “Pressing On!”

In the “overall publication category – promotion and advertising,” Layton won a second for “Prayer Changes Things” and the third place award in that category for “Wise Up!” She and Charity & Children (C&C) editor Jim Edminson won third in the “overall publication – other” category for “To God Be the Glory.”

Edminson and BCH president/CEO and C&C publisher Michael C. Blackwell were awarded second place in the “overall publication – book” category for “101 FACES: Behind every face is a story.” The limited edition book was produced to mark C&C’s 130th anniversary in 2017.

BCA is a national group and organizes the annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition. The purpose of the competition is to recognize the best image-makers and storytellers in Baptist life. Every year, hundreds of entries are submitted by Baptist-affiliated organizations from across the United States.

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