LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The Foundation for Evangelism recently announced the selection of the Rev. 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. The mission of the church is to help people take their next step toward Christ … together in community.

Beeson and his wife, Sheila, founded Granger Community Church in their living room in 1986. They started with five people and, 27 years later, GCC has more than 5,000 people gathering across three regional campuses, a prison re-entry center, a downtown community center and more than 1,500 viewers gathering weekly online from all over the world.

Known for his 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 new vision and purpose in 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 membership 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 denomination.

To learn more about the Distinguished Evangelist Award and grant opportunities visit www.FoundationForEvangelism.org.