1 January 2021 spells out a new year for Well-Being Australia and this would be a good idea for a new year article.
The first thing to note is the excitement of any church who plants a new congregation and to witness that new Christian work develop, expand and become established on its own two feet.
This happened mid year at the church we worship – Living Temple Christian Church (Tugun Baptist) (lower Gold Coast) who planted a new church at Coolanagatta and now a third fellowship at Banora Point just across the NSW border.
So too Well-Being Australia with its young writer ministry – Press Service International – PSI - who were awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) premier award in 2019 - The Gurenberg.
For three years the Kiwi young writers and the International young writers have been ‘standing alone’ – each has been functioning themselves – and only came back to PSI to answer tricky questions. There are inevitably tricky questions.
In 2021 both the Kiwi young writers and the international young writers will become separate to PSI - they will each run their own show (as it were).
The Kiwi young writers have been functioning in Stand Alone mode so nothing changes at that level. Their go to person is Tim Newman the CTNZ link person.
The International young writers have likewise been functioning in Stand Alone and some things have change – but none the less the go to person is long standing international young writer Paul Lewis.
Both Tim Newman (NZ) and Paul Lewis (Internationals) have been multiple young writer ‘Award’ winners. Tim was a plenary speaker at the 2018 young writer conference held in Christchurch.
Kiwi young writers
Coordinators - Matthew Thornton and Jessica Gardiner
Editor - Esther Koh
Photo selector - Kevin Park
Facebook - Kevin Park and Stephanie Yao
NZ Christian media - Manuele Teofilo and Blake Gardiner
Late comer chaser - Chanell Diaz
New young writer connect - Esther Koh
Newsy Bits - Mussita Ng
Video Newsy Bits - Rebecca Hoverd
Go to person - Tim Newman (CTNZ)
International young writers
Coordinator - Susan Barnes
Editor - Josh Robbie
Photo selector - Josh Robbie
Stand Alone - Ashea West
Facebook - Rume Kpomprophe
New young writer connect - Ashea West
Newsy Bits - Ashea West
Video Newsy Bits - Kacy Garvey and Darren Salmon
Christian Today - Jason Lalone
Go to person - Paul Lewis
Clearly it is an exciting time for us all to witness the new birth of two new ministries who have tremendous reputations, now released to their own leadership.
Press Service International
PSI retains the Australian young writers, the senior writers, sport, mission, persecution, music, Christian News ….
Christian Today is a separate Entity to all three young writer groups. To maintain the publishing routine of all three, that publishing days are being handled by PSI as are the annual awards.
2021 – here we come !
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html