Justin Welby has announced the winners of the Lambeth awards, which recognise contributions to the Church and wider society, with Christian rapper Guvna B winning one for evangelism and witness.
Awards have been given to over 30 people, including scientists, musicians, academics, activists, doctors and clergy. There are a number of reasons for awards, such as for ecumenism, for services to the Church of England, for contributions to the Anglican Communion, for prayer and the religious life, for reconciliation and interfaith co-operation, for evangelism and witness, for education, for community service and for worship.
The recipients are not just form the UK but from the whole Anglican Communion.
2021 winners include the late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya, from the Diocese of Swaziland - the first woman to be an Anglican bishop in Africa, who died from Covid this January.
Isaac Borquaye, the MOBO award-winning rapper and author, better known as Guvna B won an award for "being an outstanding, faithful and vibrant witness to Jesus Christ using his gifts and the medium of recording, performance and video to proclaim the good news"
The Revd Richard Coles won an Alphege Award for evangelism and witness, "or outstanding witness as an admired and popular Christian presence in the public arena."
Other winners include: Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, former director of the Council of Christians and Jews and the UK's former deputy chief medical officer, the Revd Prof Gina Radford - who is now a vicar in Devon - for providing medical advice for churches during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Archbishop Justin Welby said: "This year's Lambeth Awards recipients, not all of whom are Christians, embody this spirit of service - not just during the pandemic but, for many of them, through decades of faithful work. I commend them and their efforts, and look forward to the time when we meet to celebrate their contributions to society."