ROSEVILLE, CALIF. --- In a surprise win that has left the editors of Spectrum Magazine completely dumbfounded, conservative Adventist evangelist and Amazing Facts presenter Doug Batchelor won the publication's inaugural Adventist of the Year award.
Batchelor won the event by a virtual landslide, winning 1,381 out of a total of 2,363 votes submitted online. The remaining 977 votes were cast for other well-known Adventists ranging from World War II hero Desmond Doss to former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
"You gotta give the man some credit, he sure knows how to win the numbers game," said Spectrum's prophetic doctrine advisor Desmond Ford, who oversaw submissions for the Adventist of the Year vote.
"We have no idea how Doug won this as he wasn't even on our list of nominees."