Young writer musicians Sam Burrows (NZ) and Daniel Mathew (Aust) - 2013
One of the Press Service International team Rebecca Moore has spoken at a number of Christian functions about her recent book and sought from me a brief overview of the young writer program with Christian Today for her presentations.
Rebecca Moore is the young writer Editor of Week 2 in the program, a former young writer, now a senior writer in the program and mum of two of the young writers, Cartia and Jesse.
There are 85 young writers.
The 20 International young writers come from -
There are 44 young Australians from all the States
There are 21 New Zealanders – both north and south Islands
The young writer program was initiated in 2009 with 5 sport writers and a year later expanded to 'Comment' – which includes a wide range of subject matter - IT, music, theology, education, life issues, raising children, ....
There is an annual conference with writing 'awards' determined by four separate sets of Panellists
2014 New Zealand young writers Peter Rope, Gemma Taylor, Jared Diprose
Australian cricket team chaplain of 17 years Baptist Minister Dr Mark Tronson had retired. Christian Today approached him to write a daily article.
Christian Today is part of CMCI (Christian Media Corporation International) with a world wide reach with online mast-heads in the US, Canada, England, Europe, Sub-Continent, Australia and New Zealand – a total of 100 mast heads.
When asked in late 2009 to add a sport article, Dr Tronson determined to find 5 young people to write these sport articles - this sent in train the wider young writer ministry.
He says the focus of the young writer ministry is to provide a vehicle for young Christian people to have their 'Voice' placed into the online market place of ideas.
It's been a wonderful turn-around for many young people in their own faith and their readers - some get 75,000 people who follow their articles.
This young writer ministry is a wonderful blessing to a fresh generation and for Dr Tronson, he rejoices in the Lord – (he and his wife Delma have lived by faith finance as 'home missionaries' for 40 years – they have raised 4 children and are grand parents).
This is the beginning - not by any means the end.
NZ young writer Jared Dirprose with Delma Tronson - 2014
The young writer philosophy is best described in this Christian Today Dr Mark Tronson article:
Should any young person within the ages of 18-30 wishes to explore becoming one of the young writers in -
Australia please contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 917 713.
New Zealand - Rev Paul Cornish - email@example.com 2 7493 7871
2014 New Zealand young writer leadership group which initiated thinking for a Christian Today New Zealand
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
Dr Mark Tronson - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 44 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 44 years with 4 children and 5 grand children