03 Jun 2019
CMAA Honours Donald Green, and Rebecca St James and the Smallbone Family.
Christian Media & Arts Australia honours the contribution of Donald Green for his significant leadership, vision and contribution to Christian Media in Australia. We also honour David and Helen Smallbone, and Rebecca St James and the contribution they have made to the Christian Music and Film Sectors.
The Legacy Award (formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award) is presented each year to an Individual(s) who, during their lifetime, has made an outstanding contribution as a Christian Leader in the fields of Media and/or the Arts.
18 April 1942 – 5 October 2018 (posthumous - accepted by his children)
It was April 1993 when Hal Short, the President of Radio Rhema New Zealand met with two local men and the vision for Christian radio in Townsville was birthed. The prospect of a specialist Christian Station for the city was very exciting and a steering committee known as Townsville Christian Broadcasters Incorporated, trading as Radio Rhema North Queensland was formed.Donald Green, a former Salvation Army officer and a regular presenter on the local station 4TTT, was appointed to the inaugural board as Public Relations representative. A few months later Don became Chairman.
Don and his wife Clarrie were visionaries and over the coming years plans were set in motion, and the aspiring station went to air for the first time in September 1994. Little did listeners know broadcasts came from the bedroom of Don’s son Ben in that first year. On November 2nd 1998 the station received their permanent licence and re-branded to 99.9 LIVE FM
Don continued in the position of Chairman for 21 years until he was forced to retire due to declining health in 2014.
As a leader, Don was a humble, wise man with a heart for God and His kingdom. He loved his family and he loved the radio station with a passion. Even is his final days when he was so far removed from the man he had been, he was still talking Live FM, conducting board meetings in his mind and preaching the Gospel.
Today, Don’s Legacy lives on as Live FM continues reaching the city of Townsville and beyond with the message of hope only found in Jesus.
Rebecca St James and David and Helen Smallbone
For more than 40 years, David and Helen Smallbone have been a well-known presence in Christian music circles. David began his early career in the industry as a concert promoter in Australia before transitioning to artist management, thanks to his talented children. Moving to Nashville Tenesse in 1991, the family was essentially starting from scratch. A family of seven children, they all pitched in to help with the kids raking leaves in their neighbours yards to earn money.
In 1990, at twelve years old, Rebecca was opening shows for Carman on his Australian tour and released her first independent album in 1991. It didn’t take long for her fame to grow in the United States. Rebecca was signed to ForeFront Records in 1993 and released her major debut album in 1994. With Rebecca’s career growing, the whole family hit the road together. Over the years, the family pitched in their support from Joel, the youngest of the seven children, running spotlight from the age of six and Joel and Luke providing background vocals on albums -eventually leading to the two brothers forming their own band; For King & Country in 2007.
Amongst Rebecca’s many accomplishments she has been awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album for “Pray” and three GMA Dove Awards. From 1991 to 2011 Rebecca released nine albums, authored more than ten books, starred in the movie Sarah’s Choice and many other film appearances. In 2011 Rebecca married Jacob and together have two beautiful daughters, Gemma Elena and Imogen Watson.