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Dave Wiltse Named 2019 Copes Award Recipient

2019 Copes Presentation

Photo: Immediate Past-President Laura Jaquith Bartlett, right, presents the 2019 V. Earle Copes Award to Dave Wiltse, left, for his many years of service to The Fellowship, including 28 years as editor of WorshipArts magazine. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For his long-time service as editor of WorshipArts magazine, Dave Wiltse was named the recipient of the 2019 V. Earle Copes Award during The Fellowship's biennial business meeting held on Wednesday, July 17.

Presenting the award to Dave was Immediate Past-President Laura Jaquith Bartlett, who chronicled Dave's many contributions to The Fellowship.

"During my time on the council, I always appreciated Dave's wise insights, his sneaky wit, his passion for The Fellowship, and, most of all, his friendship," Laura said.

In 1985, Dave began doing graphic design and layout for what was then News Notes magazine, and in 1991, he became the editor. After overseeing the growth of the magazine into a full-color print edition and a digital edition over 34 years, Dave has begun gradually and gracefully transitioning toward retirement at the end of this calendar year.

"I've been blessed with an unbeatable support system," Dave said in his acceptance remarks. "I've also been blessed with excellent proofreaders, helpful printers, and you, the members of this wonderful Fellowship. What good is a publication if people don't read it? ... Thanks to all of you for this incredible journey."

First presented at Pathways 2015, the V. Earle Copes Award was created by the national Fellowship Council to commemorate the life and spirit of V. Earle Copes and his contributions to The Fellowship.

The award is to be presented to a Fellowship member or members who have given unique and/or significant service to The Fellowship over a substantial period and time, exhibiting a spirit of devotion to The Fellowship.

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