An honorably retired Presbytery of Lake Michigan pastor is receiving a special Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council.

Presented annually since 1949, Wilbur Awards honor excellence by individuals in the secular media for communicating religious issues, values and themes. Learn more here about the latest set of 20 awards – for works completed during 2020 in print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting and film –  that were presented virtually during an April 9, 2021 ceremony.  

The ceremony also included recognition of the Rev. Dennis C. Benson, a member of the presbytery, for his work as a master storyteller who sees the image of God in every person.  An article by the Religion Communicators Council about Benson’s work indicates that the author of 22 non-fiction books, producer of 60 experiential audio/video courses for group learning, and author of more than 100 articles about youth work and education has interviewed more than 15,00 people from Alice Cooper and Fred Rodgers to ordinary people for radio and television during a span of six decades. Read the full article below.

A video introducing Dennis Benson during the awards ceremony Friday night can be viewed below. 

Other recipients of special Wilbur Awards include Bob Abernethy of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly; President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter; Martin Marty of The Christian Century; Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts.