The large Christian media group National Religious Broadcasters1 announced today that www.AnswersInGenesis.org has been selected as “Ministry Website of the Year” for 2005. A public presentation is scheduled for February at the NRB international convention in Dallas, Texas. The convention is attended by some 5,000 leaders of Christian radio, television, web and related media organizations.
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NRB’s membership of over 1,400 ministries also includes Focus on the Family, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the 700 Club, Walk Thru the Bible, Insight for Living, Ravi Zacharias Ministries, the American Family Association, Crown Financial Concepts, and Moody Bible Institute, to name a few.
“We are indeed humbled by this special recognition,” Dale Mason, vice president of media and marketing for Answers in Genesis remarked. “But nothing is more satisfying than the tens of thousands of stories about changed lives that have been shared by people of all ages who have been impacted by the website and other aspects of this apologetic and evangelistic ministry.”
Back in 1995—before web access was commonplace and AiG–USA was less than two years old—a web presence for Answers in Genesis was launched by then–board member Carl Kerby (a former air traffic controller who is now one of AiG–USA’s most dynamic speakers). Looking back, he said: “I had no idea that God would bless my efforts and the efforts of so many others as He has. When I look at the webpages that I originally programmed, and I compare them to what the team here is now doing and their level of expertise, I’m blown away!”
Current web staff
“The reality,” explained Ken Ham, president of AiG–USA “is that without Carl at that moment in AiG’s history—or someone like him who loves God’s Word and is willing to use whatever talents they have to just do as they’re called to do—we would not have this cutting-edge website. Today it has free radio files, daily blogs, RSS feeds, news stories (including a reputation for reporting on breaking news quickly but carefully), science articles, devotionals, a popular weekly teaching cartoon (After Eden), and many other features that help people when they visit.”
In 1999, AiG determined that the website would have at least three new items posted each day, to help ensure that it would see as many repeat web visitors as possible. This included a new front-page article almost every day, which would often comment on the news of the day as it related to biblical authority and the culture wars.
Rod Martin, in charge of the day-to-day operation of the web, is a former pastor and Bible school professor with two masters degrees and extensive computer and web experience. He emigrated from Canada with his family a year ago to manage AiG’s growing web department. “
My family and I have benefited so much from AiG. When they asked me to consider joining the team here, of course I wanted to be part of this!”
The staff at AiG prays that the NRB website award will result in even more visits from both Christians and non-Christians worldwide, and from leaders of other ministries who may now be curious to learn more about the message of biblical authority that is proclaimed by Answers in Genesis in so many ways.