This lifetime achievement award honors key thought leaders who have committed their lives to helping pastors abandon average in their life and ministry. Lead Renegade Pastor Nelson Searcy has presented this award to legends in church growth — true champions how have had an impact on furthering the Kingdom and helping pastors fulfill their calling.

See below for past winners:
July 2017

Dr. Gary McIntosh

Dr. Gary McIntoshGary L. McIntosh is a nationally and internationally known speaker, writer and professor. He’s recognized as the foremost spokesperson for classical Church Growth Missiology in the U.S., and is a noted expert on the life and ministry of Donald A. McGavran.

Dr. Gary McIntosh
Gary L. McIntosh is a nationally and internationally known speaker, writer and professor. He’s recognized as the foremost spokesperson for classical Church Growth Missiology in the U.S., and is a noted expert on the life and ministry of Donald A. McGavran.

Dr. McIntosh is Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University located in La Mirada, CA. He serves as lead consultant at the Church Growth Network, a consulting ministry he founded in 1987, and is in wide demand as a speaker and seminar leader on numerous subjects related to church life and ministry. Dr. McIntosh has published more than 300 articles and reviews in Christian magazines and journals, and is the author of 23 books.

Dr. Gary McIntosh RPN Icon Awards
Dr. Nelson Searcy presents Dr. McIntosh with the award at the Church Systems Check-up and Boot Camp in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Gary McIntosh RPN Icon Awards
Dr. Nelson Searcy presents Dr. McIntosh with the award at the Church Systems Check-up and Boot Camp in Los Angeles, California.

He has received the Faculty Excellence Award from Biola University, the Donald A. McGavran award from the American Society for Church Growth, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Colorado Christian University, and the Donald A. McGavran award from the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. McIntosh was the 1995 and 1996 President of the American Society of Church Growth (now the Great Commission Research Network), a national society which networks professors, denominational leaders and pastors interested in church growth. As a national seminar leader, he conducts approximately 20 workshops and seminars yearly on various church growth topics such as outreach, assimilation, long-range planning, church advertising and worship.

February 2015

Dr. Elmer Towns

Dr. Elmer TownsElmer Towns identifies himself as “an author-teacher who loves to study, share and teach.” After more than 40 years of teaching and over 170 popular and scholarly works (as well as two encyclopedias), this college and seminary professor has educated, equipped and inspired spiritual leaders throughout the world. He’s most well known as the co-founder of Liberty University with his friend, Dr. Jerry Falwell. He is Dean of the School of Religion, and Dean of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Elmer Towns
Elmer Towns identifies himself as “an author-teacher who loves to study, share and teach.” After more than 40 years of teaching and over 170 popular and scholarly works (as well as two encyclopedias), this college and seminary professor has educated, equipped and inspired spiritual leaders throughout the world. He’s most well known as the co-founder of Liberty University with his friend, Dr. Jerry Falwell. He is Dean of the School of Religion, and Dean of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.

He was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. As a nineteen-year-old, Dr. Towns became pastor of a local church while attending Columbia Bible College in Columbia, South Carolina. In his many years of ministry, he’s also been a popular seminar lecturer, bestselling author, and authority on the subjects of Sunday school, Church Growth, spirituality and fasting. He has also developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.

Dr. Towns is the 1995 recipient of the Christian Booksellers Association’s Gold Medallion Award. At a recent Renegade Pastors Conference, he received the first-ever Renegade Pastors Icon Award to acknowledge Excellence in Abandoning Average in Life and Ministry. Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 111 theological seminaries and colleges in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries and has written over 2,000 reference and popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees.

Dr. Elmer Towns RPN Icon Awards
Dr. Nelson Searcy presented Dr. Towns with the first-ever Renegade Pastors Icon Award at the Renegade Pastors Conference in Orlando, Florida. Accompanying them on stage was also Dr. Bob Whitesel (right).

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The Icon Award is not automatically given out each year but only presented at the appropriate time to selected leaders.

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