The 2020 young writers conference was held on the Gold Coast on Saturday 12 September.
First we can highlight a number of things looking ‘forward’
The 2020 Brain’s Trust photograph with Mr Basil Sellers AM was digitally altered to include the Gutenberg plaque and the three newer members added since 2015. The Gutenberg is the premier award of the Australasian Religious Press Association – the Logies of Christian press media awarded to the young writers last September.
The photograph retains Sydney’s Sam Gillespie (chair of the Brian’s Trust), Sunshine Coast’s Russell Modlin (the young writer representative on the Well-Being Australia board) and the Gold Coast’s Wes Tronson, sport writer and foundation member.
The newer members are Adelaide’s Amy Manners the 2020 Australian Theology Award winner, Sunshine Coast’s Cartia Moore the 2020 Basil Sellers Award and Rebecca Moore, senior writer and Week 1 editor.
14 year old Summer Moore an amazing portrait painter who captured Dr Mark Tronson with the Gutenberg has now been commissioned to paint the 2020 Brain’s Trust for Mr Basil Sellers.
A commission fee has been established along with monies for the canvas, frame and shipping - this will take several months for a January delivery.
At the end of the awards sessions of the conference, five special awards of thanks and acknowledgement –
Russell Modlin as the MC and led the sessions
Jesse Moore on the IT desk and Zoom
Rebecca Moore as the erstwhile executive to the conference
Josiah Gray as a young brilliant pianist and key board
Rev Dave the host of the venue – Living Temple Christian Church (Tugun Baptist)
The emphasis of Christian Today is that of Christian News and Christian Comment writing – this is their speciality. There are literally hundreds of thousands of web sites that cater for sermons and bible studies. These are not the core substance of Christian Today and the CMCI network – Christian Media Corporation Int. and their 101 mastheads. The largest international mast head is the Christian Post based in the US.
At the conference’s afternoon sessions one of the panellists retired Barrister Mr Gavin Lawrie .spelt out this in the language the young writers understood. As an assessor of their articles (a Panellist) he highlighted to everyone that he marks down sermon type articles and bible study type articles.
He looks for something fresh, a little out there, coming from a different angle. The young writers present recognised this reality, something which was in the back of their minds, but now delightfully clarified they were allowed!!
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