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Association of Resort Ministers presents awards, elects officers

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (BP)–The Association of Resort and Leisure Ministers presented three awards during its triennial meeting in Panama City, Fla.
Calvary Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Fla., was named “Resort Church of the Year.” The church, located one block from the boardwalk, is actively involved with the Halifax Resort Ministry, giving financially as well as through the use of its buildings. The current pastor, Gary Good, also is encouraging a strong emphasis on reaching beach-goers using creative approaches such as worship services geared toward beachside residents, guests and employees.
The 1999 Ken Prickett Award, presented annually to a resort/leisure missionary on a pioneer field, was presented to Brad Lartigue, a missionary to Big Sky, Mont., and Yellowstone National Park. Lartique serves as a mentor to Innovators summer missionaries and mission youth and college groups.
The “Resort Association of the Year” award was presented to Stone Mountain Ministries in Stone Mountain, Ga., which is supported by the Atlanta, Stone Mountain, and Gwinnett Metro Baptist associations. The ministry was initiated as a vehicle for ministry during the 1996 Olympic Games, where it coordinated a hospitality site, entertainment, and interpretation services using international missionaries. Recently the organization has provided ongoing ministry in both Stone Mountain Park and Stone Mountain Village, providing volunteers for special events, children’s programs, entertainment and other services.
During its April 23-26 meeting, the association also elected the following officers to three-year terms: president, Eric Spivey, Savannah River Baptist Association, Ridgeland, S.C.; co-vice presidents of programs & services, Linda Johnson, Georgia Baptist Convention, and Jack Little, Charleston (S.C.) Baptist Association; vice president of membership, Beth Ann Williams, Georgia Baptist Convention; and vice president of publications, Billy Hutchinson, Christian Golfers Ministry, Oak Island, N.C.