2013 Telling the Story Award Top 5 Finalists

Top five video nominees are listed in alphabetical order by video title. After voting, the first place video (from Central Avenue UMC) was announced at annual conference:

Church is a Verb 2013

United Methodist Church
Gahanna, Capitol Area North

Just a Chair: 259

First Place: Central Avenue
United Methodist Church
Athens, Foothills District

Just Another Sunday

New Life
United Methodist Church
Columbus, Capitol Area North

Kenyatta McLemore 

United Methodist Church
Tipp City, Miami Valley

Playgrounds of Hope

Scioto Ridge
United Methodist Church
Hilliard, Capitol Area South


View all the submissions here:

Telling the Story Award 
Video Gallery

Winning video to be announced Monday, 4:45 pm at Annual Conference.

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Selection Process:

All 53 submissions were viewed by our judges independently and an electronic ballot was submitted by each judge.  None of the judges know the winning video until the announcement on Monday afternoon.


  • David Allen, Admissions Recruiter at Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Rev. Joe Graves, Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Defiance and Chair of the West Ohio Telling the Story Team
  • Jeff Jewell, Professional videographer and filmmaker
  • Rev. Tim Reeves, Pastor, Middleburg United Methodist Church
  • Tiffanie Shanks, Spoken word poet and artist
  • Stevey Willey, West Ohio Communications Intern from South Zanesville United Methodist Church, Senior at Bowling Green State University majoring in Visual Communications
  • Rev. Trevor Wright, Pastor at Journey at Christ United Methodist Church in Findlay and member of the West Ohio Telling the Story Team.


  • Creativity: On a scale of 1-10, how creative was this video?
  • Overall Effectiveness: On a scale of 1-10, how effective was this video in communicating its intended message in a clear and/or compelling way.
  • Mission: On a scale of 1-10, how did this video help support our mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the  transformation of the world.”
  • Technical Excellence: On a scale of 1-5, how well was this video executed in regards to writing, direction, editing, and use of the camera and graphics?