Anglican House Publishers Announces
The Winners of the 2022 Archbishop’s Annual Summer Essay Contest
The Winners in the Clergy Category are:
First Prize, The Rev. Mark Brians
from Honolulu, Hawaii for his essay “On Parrhesia and Gospel Witness.”
Mark Brians II is the rector of All Saints, in urban Honolulu, and an ACNA priest in the Diocese of the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Liliha with his wife, Rachel, and their five children.
Second Prize, The Rev. Travis J. Bott
from Nashotah, Wisconsin for his essay, “Strange New World in the Prayer Book: The Sovereign Self and the Psalter’s Invitation.”
Travis Bott is a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. He studied at Multnomah University, the University of Wisconsin, Duke Divinity School, and Emory University. He enjoys hiking and playing bluegrass music with his wife and children.
Third Prize, The Rev. Logan Gates
from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada for his essay, “Genesis and Rousseau: A Tale of Two Falls.”
Logan trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and has spent several years as an apologist-evangelist, working especially with college students. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Theory at the University of Toronto and an honorary assistant priest at Christ The King Anglican Church (Toronto).
The Winners in the Lay Category are:
First Prize, Joshua Heavin
from Farmers Branch, Texas for his essay, “The Eternal Crisis of the Gospel and Long-Term Spiritual Formation in a Stopgap Society.”
Joshua Heavin received his PhD at the University of Aberdeen (Trinity College Bristol), his MDiv at Redeemer Seminary of Dallas, and is an adjunct professor at Houston Baptist University and the King’s College NYC. He is a postulant in the Anglican Diocese of the South (ACNA), a member of Christ Church Plano, and completing a Certificate in Anglican Studies at Trinity School for Ministry.
Second Prize, Todd Milton
from Appomattox, Virginia, for his essay, “On a Simple Approach to Ministry ‘During These Uncertain Times.’”
Todd is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, a graduate of Radford University (1996, Psychology), and the owner of Milton Construction Company in Appomattox. He is part of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lynchburg. Todd is pictured here with John Drage, a mentor featured in his essay.
Third Prize, Elizabeth Demmon
from Annandale, Virginia, for her essay, “The Kitchen Table as a Platform for Change: Fasting in an Age of Division.”
Elizabeth Demmon studied music and English at the University of Denver and received an MAR from Trinity School for Ministry. She is married to Mike, an Anglican chaplain, and has three children. Elizabeth has served churches in several states and now lives in Northern Virginia, volunteering at Restoration Anglican Church.