Songwriter/producer Peter Kipley was named SESAC's 2003 christian songwriter of the year during an awards dinner Tuesday (March 2) at Nashville's Acorn restaurant. Kipley's "Word of God Speak," record

Songwriter/producer Peter Kipley was named SESAC's 2003 christian songwriter of the year during an awards dinner Tuesday (March 2) at Nashville's Acorn restaurant. Kipley's "Word of God Speak," recorded by MercyMe, dominated the Christian radio airwaves in 2003. The Dallas native also penned MercyMe's "Spoken For."

Wordspring Music, a division of Word Music Publishing, and Kipley's own publishing company, Songs from the Indigo Room, were named SESAC's 2003 christian publishers of the year.

Steve Taylor, Regie Hamm, and Daily Planet's Jesse Butterworth were among the other writers honored during the evening's festivities.