Iowa leaders are honored for their evangelistic efforts annually by the Board of Discipleship. The Denman Evangelism Awards are presented to both laity and clergy each year. In 2013 Glen Hanson received the clergy award and Betty Smallen received the laity award.
Glen Hanson is the founding pastor of Cross Point United Methodist Church in Bondurant. With the support of Oakwood United Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill, Cross Point was established in 2008. Their mission is “Pointing to the Cross by Reflecting God’s Love.” Ann Chalfant, a member at Cross Point, said that her pastor “is always reminding our congregation that many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would show them how.”
Betty Smallen is a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Council Bluffs. She was the founding visionary for the congregation’s Lake Manawa Outreach Community. She preaches, teaches, supervises after-care for children, provides meals and arranges activities, her pastor Les Green said, “all so that more people can experience God’s transforming love through Jesus . . . especially those on the fringes of society.”
The awards are presented in partnership with the Foundation for Evangelism to honor their founder, Harry Denman, “in order for a new generation of leaders with a passion for evangelism to emerge.”