The 2019 New Zealand Basil Sellers Award Winner ‘Rebecca Howan’ awarded on Saturday at the Press Service International (PSI) young writers annual conference at the Craigieburn Salvation Army in Melbourne.
The 2019 Kiwi 18-30 years Panellists marked the young writers over the first 6 months of the year – and many marked in decimal points with such minimal decimal differences it was determined to award three young writers the Basil Sellers.
The 2019 Kiwi Panellists
Bishop Brian Carrell - Christchurch
Liz Hay - Castle Hill (Arthur’s Pass)
Christina Tyson - Wellington
Wayne Gardiner - Wellington
Sarah Richards - Wellington
The distinguished former head of the NZ Bible Society, Errol Pike, filled in for Christina Tyson when overseas in the final Cycle of marking
2019 NZ Basil Sellers Award
Rebecca Howan is from Wellington, New Zealand, where she works as an Executive Assistant in the humanitarian sector. She worships and serves at The Salvation Army, and is passionate about music, travelling the world and building community. Rebecca is also a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir involving many tours.
You can read Rebecca’s previous columns at
Previous NZ Basil Sellers Award winners
2018 - Jessica McPherson
2017 - Emma McGeorge
2016 - Matt Browning and Kara Greening
2015 - Sophia Sinclair and Jeremey Susited
2014 - Casey Murray
2013 - Daniel Jang
Precursor - whereas the Kiwi and Australians ‘Basil Sellers Award’ winners are required to attend the annual conference and awards as we provide air fare scholarships - this is not a requirement for the internationals due to distance.
The 2019 Internationals Basil Sellers Award Winner ‘Dr Daniel Thomas’ was announced on Saturday at the Press Service International (PSI) young writers annual conference at the Craigieburn Salvation Army in Melbourne.
The 2019 International 18-30 years Panellists marked the young writers over the first 6 months of the year – determine the awards.
The 2019 International Panellists
Dr Vic Matthews - Moruya
Darren Lawson - Rockhampton
Tony de Kevitt - Tweed Heads
Travis Barnes - Melbourne
Sean Spencer - Midge Point
Alex Gillespie - Sydney
Dr. Daniel Thomas is a West Indies medical doctor and Christian Advocate who loves the Lord deeply. He currently leads a youth organization called the Love March Movement which is committed to empowering the youth to fight for sexual purity and the family in Jamaica.
His articles - https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/daniel-thomas.html
Previous Internationals’ Basil Sellers Award winners
2018 - Jason LaLone
2017 - Sharma Taylor
2016 - Andrew Sinclair
2015 - Paul Lewis and Genevieve Wilson
Mr Basil Sellers AM supports the young writers – a ministry of Press Service International (PSI) in conjunction with Christian Today.
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.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html
Dr Mark Tronson - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 45 years
- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
Gutenberg video - 2min 14sec
Married to Delma for 45 years with 4 children and 6 grand children