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Premier's Pam Rhodes among recipients of this year's Lambeth Awards

This year's Lambeth Awards have been announced, with long-time Premier Radio presenter Pam Rhodes being honoured with the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship.

Rhodes, who has presented Premier's Sunday morning programme 'Hearts and Hymns' for a number of years, was also recognised for her work with BBC's Songs of Praise.

Lambeth Palace said:

"Pam has brought to the programme an enthusiasm and love for hymnody and a warmth and sympathy which have made her the media friend of millions. Her interviewing has enabled shy people to share their faith and often to open their hearts in a way which conveys to viewers the reality of Christian spiritual life and discipleship."

A total of 32 awards were given to people from across the Church and beyond in fields including evangelism, the Religious life, safeguarding, ecumenism, theology and interfaith relations. 

Among the winners was Pastor Mike Pilavachi, founder of the popular Christian youth festival 'Soul Survivor' and probably the most recognisable youth ministry leader in the country. Pilavachi, who pastors a church of the same name in Watford, received the 'Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness' for "outstanding contribution to evangelism and discipleship amongst young people in the United Kingdom". 

Soul Survivor, which held its last festival event in 2019, has reached hundreds of thousands of young people with the gospel since its inception in 1993. 
Lambeth Palace said of Pilavachi:

"His visionary work in beginning and running Soul Survivor festivals has been outstanding. Soul Survivor ended in the summer of 2019 after 27 years. In that time hundreds of thousands of young people attended the festival, which introduced, renewed and transformed their Christian faith.

"He has shaped a spirituality and discipleship for generations of young people in which the primacy of worship, evangelism, provision for the poor, ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit and a love for scripture are non-negotiable. This award for evangelism recognises that, above all, Soul Survivor has been the place where tens of thousands of young people have found faith. What is more, Mike has exercised this ministry with exemplary humility, humour and self-sacrifice." 

Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury  added: "This is the fifth year of the Lambeth Awards, and I am constantly impressed and humbled by the work that recipients have accomplished, sometimes in the most challenging circumstances. Not all are followers of Jesus Christ, but all contribute through their faith to the mutual respect and maintenance of human dignity which are so vital to spiritual and social health." 

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