Preach magazine is delighted to announce William Wade, Baptist Minister of Life Church, Cuffley in Hertfordshire as the winner of Sermon of the Year 2020. Following the Grand Final on 25 June, which was broadcast online due to Covid-19, William’s sermon on the theme of ‘Made by God’ was declared the winner by the judging panel and also by the audience vote.
The announcement was made at 11:30 on Monday 3 August on Premier Christian Radio. Videos of the trophy handover and of the final can be viewed via links at preachweb.org/final The trophy was presented by Alexandra McDonald, Commercial Director of SPCK, Sponsor of Sermon
of the Year 2020. Head Judge, Dr Chloe Lynch, Lecturer in Practical Theology at the London School of Theology commented, ‘The judges enjoyed all four preaches that we heard and we were encouraged by the ease with which the preachers adapted to delivering their sermons via video-conferencing. William’s sermon demonstrated powerful communication skills and a creative engagement of the theme in the context of
some detailed attention to a biblical text.’
On being told of his win, William, said,
‘It was such a surprise to find out that my sermon had been voted Sermon of the Year 2020! This has been a fantastic experience, from entering way back in February, through to the recording, the online ‘live preach’ and now reaching the end, it has been a really joyful and encouraging process. I would strongly recommend anyone considering entering for 2021 to give it ago!’.
Louisa Lockwood, Editor of Preach magazine, which organises the event commented,
‘We have been so encouraged by all the efforts made by everyone involved in Sermon of the Year in such difficult circumstances. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who took the trouble to enter. They all deserve
congratulations. William is a worthy winner and I’m delighted for him.’
Ian Buchanan, Chief Executive of LWPT, publishers of Preach, added,
‘The Covid-19 crisis didn’t stopSermon of the Year happening. Everyone involved from LWPT staff, to the entrants, judges and our
sponsors all made an extra effort to make sure it could still go ahead online. My sincere thanks go to them all and I look forward to next year being a live event once again’.
William, age 49, is Pastor of Life Church in Cuffley. He was born in Belfast and unfortunately became a rebellious teenager. This developed into getting in trouble with the police and being expelled from school. However, at a party one Saturday night, two 15-year-old girls gate-crashed and told the house
full of drunk young men that they needed to ‘get right with God’. From this, William says, ‘three weeks later, four of us committed our lives to Jesus’.
He went on to become a soldier in the British Army and then, after getting married, became a missionary to British Forces with SASRA before moving to his current church in Cuffley, Hertfordshire.
Why I entered Sermon of the Year 2020
I entered Sermon of the Year 2020 because I was immediately struck by the title ‘Made by God’ and wondered what would come out of a sermon if I were to attempt that title. My immediate thoughts on being a finalist Absolute surprise! I really enjoyed writing the sermon and hoped that whoever read it would at least be blessed by it. But now it has become very interesting!
My immediate thoughts on being a finalist
Absolute surprise! I really enjoyed writing the sermon and hoped that whoever read it would at least be blessed by it. But now it has become very interesting!