Mr Basil Sellers AM a wonderful gracious helper to the young writer program run by Press Service International and published by Christian Today - hosted last week the (ARPA) Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg.
Then ARPA President Peter Bentley at the 2019 ARPA annual awards in Christchurch last September presented The Gutenberg to Dr Mark Tronson for 10 years of young writer ministry.
Basil Sellers from the inception of the young writers way back in 2009 has engaged in this literacy program ensuring the next generation of young writers had experienced tutors and given much encouragement with awards and consultation.
In March 2015, five years ago, the Brain’s Trust of the young writer program met for morning tea with Basil Sellers in his home – see photo above.
At the morning tea were
Laura Veloso - 5 years later now a coordinator of the Australian young writer Panellists
Sophia Sinclair - at that time the chief editor of the young writers, now the President of the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) elected last September.
Russell Modlin - a foundation young writer, the initial chair of the Brain’s Trust, now a senior writer and the much loved perennial MC at the young writer conference.
Sam Gillespie - a young writer, now the chair of the Brain’s Trust and the link to Christian Today for the Australian young writers in their ‘Standing Alone’.
Wes Tronson - foundation sports writer for Christian Today 2009 – EPL. Won a numbers of Sport Writer Awards, 7 years in the UK (soccer & banking), home end of 2010 into banking.
The current Brains’ Trust consists of
Chair, Sam Gillespie (Sydney), Rebecca Moore (Sunshine Coast), Wes Tronson (Gold Coast), Amy Manners (Adelaide), Cartia Moore (Sunshine Coast).
Amy and Cartia coordinate the young writer video ministry and spoke at last year’s conference in Melbourne on the adaptation of video into their articles. Laura Miles has now become part of the video ministry.
Mr Basil Sellers AM
Mr Basil Sellers AM has provided the behind the scenes support and in particular has been a ‘wisdom consult’ to Dr Mark Tronson the retired Australian cricket team chaplain (17 years).
Well-Being Australia is the parent ministry of Press Service International (the young writers) who earlier this year awarded its 2020 ‘Person of the Year’ award to Mr Basil Sellers AM.
The citation on the certificate read - ‘Astonishing Support’ - this includes the young writers, the respite ministry, the art ministry, the Footplate Padre, and much else beside.
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 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. 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 Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at