Gabe Reynaud Award Recipients
Pr Daron Pratt and Melissa Otto received the Gabe Reynaud Award in 2017. Pratt is the first denominational employee—he is Director of Family and Children’s Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in northern New South Wales—and Otto the first solo singer/songwriter named as recipients.
Pratt receives the award for his use of Facebook to promote the value of ministering to children and families. He creates content—often posts expressing an opinion that may challenge the denomination or championing children’s ministries creatives and leaders—and curates content—often from outside Adventism. He uses his influence to increase the reach of other’s posts. And he is an early adopter of the social media and social networking service’s new features.
Otto receives the award for her long-term commitment to full-time music ministry. The Novocastrian released her first EP, Patio, at age 20. Three albums—Opened (2007), Blue Sky (2011) and The Journey Home (2014)—have followed over the past 13 years, the most recent supported by a six-month tour of the United States. Donations and sales not only helped Otto and husband Jason Hinze—and their two young daughters—cover their costs but invest in their ministry.
Jeremy Dixon received the Gabe Reynaud Award in 2015. Dixon’s journey as a faithful creative began when he quit his job to start the Revive Cafe in central Auckland. The entrepreneur is now the publisher of four vegetarian cookbooks that have sold 110,000 copies in just three years. “God hasn’t just blessed my business by handing out success,” says Dixon. “He’s blessed it by giving me guidance and wisdom and pushing me through the difficult times.”
2014A clown received the Gabe Reynaud Award in 2014! Graeme Frauenfelder is a casual academic at the University of Western Sydney, a storyteller and a trainer who “opens hearts, inspires kindness and awakens creativity.” But he is best known as a clown, particularly at community-building festivals coordinated by Christians during the past five summer Olympics. He regularly travels the world—a camp for those displaced by the Sichuan earthquake in China, cross-cultural community-building and enrichment festivals in Johannesburg, South Africa, and creativity training in villages in Zambia—to enrich the lives of others. Graeme says yes to almost every opportunity, “even if I have little or no idea about what to do. I just figure it out, and I end up discovering more about myself and my abilities than I dreamed I ever would.” Graeme’s philosophical approach and sophisticated intentionality to the practice of creativity is impressive. But what’s more impressive about Graeme: he’s persisted without privilege, often without funding or institutional support, and he’s consistent, pouring creativity into his personal relationships and daily interactions with people.
2013The interactive, outdoor drama Road to Bethlehem received the Gabe Reynaud Award. Now in its 19th year, Road to Bethlehem began in 1995 as a ministry of Nunawading Seventh-day Adventist Church in Victoria. Now, with the support of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Victoria, 400 people volunteer to stage the event, which attracts a crowd of 15,000 over four nights. The City of Whitehorse recognised Road to Bethlehem’s role in building community by nominating it for an Australia Day Community Achievement Award in 2003. Road to Bethlehem has spawned four other Road to Bethlehems—in Dakabin Park, Queensland; in Erina, New South Wales; in Livingston, Western Australia; and in Tauranga, New Zealand.
2012Academic, composer and writer Dr Robert Wolfgramm received the Gabe Reynaud Award. Robert pioneered contemporary Christian music in Melbourne, Australia, during the counterculture movement of the 1970s. He co-wrote three musicals and co-founded Galilee Records. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the Fiji Daily Postand of the New Fijian Translation Bible. “[Robert]’s been marginalised for his work but remains dedicated to his art and his God,” said Associate Professor Daniel Reynaud, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Theology at Avondale College of Higher Education, during the reading of the citation. “We who follow stand on his shoulders.”
2011Artist Joanna Darby received the Gabe Reynaud Award. Gabe’s wife, Andi, presented the award to Joanna, an alumna of Avondale College of Higher Education who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching in 2006. “[Joanna] has created a unique blend of art and ministry,” said Andi as she read the citation. “Her visual work has artistic integrity and outstanding quality. Her verbal art is innovative, refreshing, powerful and moving. Both overflow with a passion for communicating the love of Christ, delivered with humility and compassion. [Joanna] has combined her visual and verbal creativity into a ministry that reaches into churches, schools and community groups around the country. She exemplifies the power of combining art and ministry.”