Each year, the ACCS recognizes the actions of a Christian leader who steps forward and stands faithfully for Christian truth, goodness, or beauty against the prevailing pressure of our culture.
Like St. Boniface, recipients chose to publicly speak or act on a matter that could foreseeably cost them personally. The award is presented at our Annual ACCS convention in June of each year.
To be nominated, the recipient will have, on one or more specific occasions, taken a stand for the Christian viewpoint, even in the face of negative public opinion.
And, the recipient engaged in this action without bitterness and in a godly and grace-filled way.
Who was Boniface?
St. Boniface was a 8th century Christian missionary to the pagan German people who cut a sacred oak tree dedicated to a pagan god near the town of Fritzlar, Germany.
As he began to cut, some say a great wind blew the tree down as locals looked on. They expected the act to bring certain calamity on Boniface, who was unharmed.
Seeing this, the town was converted. This legendary bravery made Boniface a singular character willing to stand alone to root out paganism from the culture. Boniface went on to preside over all of the missionary territories in Germany east of the Rhine river. His work is memorialized in Germany to this day.
2019 Douglas Wilson. The inaugural award was given in light of Wilson’s regular challenges in the media, in books, from the pulpit, and online to the liberalization of the church and his faithful work in founding organizations that bring light, rather than simply curse the darkness. In addition to his founding work with the ACCS, he helped found Logos School in Moscow, ID, Greyfriars seminary, New Saint Andrews College, the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches, Canon Press, and Christ Church, Moscow. Wilson was not involved in the creation or selection of this award.