Beeson named 2013 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church

Dr. R. Mark Beeson

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina — The Foundation for Evangelism has announced the selection of Dr. R Mark Beeson, Senior/Founding Pastor of Granger Community Church (GCC), a United Methodist church in Granger, Indiana, as the 2013 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church.

Beeson and his wife, Sheila, founded Granger Community Church in their living room in 1986. They started with 5 people and, 27 years later, GCC has over 5,000 people gathering across three regional campuses, a prison re-entry center, a downtown community center and more than 1,500 gathering weekly online from all over the world. Granger identifies their  mission as helping people take their next step toward Christ…together in community.

Known for his contagious passion for exploring new ways to bring the gospel to people who don’t yet know how much they matter to God, Beeson motivates and encourages church planters and leaders with a new vision and purpose for fulfilling the Great Commission. He has been deeply involved with youth, through the United Methodist camping ministry and the Granger Student Ministry programs. A visionary leader, team-builder and storyteller, he is in demand to train clergy and laity from across the denomination. Beeson participates in The Leading Edge, a gathering of Pastors of United Methodism’s largest churches, a movement to promote denominational unity and growth.

The Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church Award is presented annually by The Foundation for Evangelism to an individual whose personal ministry in evangelism has been recognized throughout the United Methodist denomination. Known for its flagship program the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism, the Foundation provides grants to enable The United Methodist Church to fulfill its mission to bring persons into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To learn more about the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church Award and other grant opportunities visit

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