2015 Higher Goals Awards

Presented during EPA’s 2015 convention, the 2015 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2014 calendar year.

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Article Series

First Place: ManagingYourChurch.com, “Youth Ministry Roundtable Series” — Ashley (Moore) Emmert, Andrew Finch. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, “Her.meneutics: Women’s History Month Christian Women Need to Know Their History” — Hannah Anderson, Kim Shay, Karen Swallow Prior, Katherine Cooper Wyma, Jamie Janosz. Third Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “Journey Through Passion Pursuit” — Juli Slattery, Kelli B. Trujillo, Natalie Lederhouse, Joy Beth Smith, Mary Goodrich. Fourth Place: Wesleyan Life, “Wesleyan Life” — Kerry Kind, Wayne MacBeth, Tricia Rife, Kory Pence, Julia Park. Fifth Place: Christianity Today, “Feast of Love; People of the Words; Guided by the Great Cloud” — John H. Armstrong, Marguerite Shuster, Gerald R. McDermott.

 

Biblical Exposition

First Place: Illinois Baptist, “Domestic Violence: The Sermon We Don’t Preach” — Eric Reed. Second Place: The Behemoth, “When the Eyes of the Blind Are Opened” — Ted Olsen. Third Place: In Touch, “A Different View of the Beatitudes” — John Greco, Mike Cosper, Abdu Murray, Tony Woodlief, Fil Anderson. Fourth Place: LeadershipJournal.net, “That Mysterious Gospel” — Tony Kriz. Fifth Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “The Great Giver” — Carolyn Arends , Kelli B. Trujillo, Natalie Lederhouse, Mary Bellus, Joy Beth Smith.

 

Blog: Single or Multi Author

First Place: Christianity Today, “Her.meneutics” — Kate Shellnutt. Second Place: Boundless, “Boundless Blog” — Focus on the Family. Third Place: LeadershipJournal.net, “PARSE” — Paul Pastor, Skye Jethani, Marshall Shelley, Drew Dyck, Tim Gioia. Fourth Place: Sojourners, “God’s Politics Blog” — Sandi Villarreal. Fifth Place: World Vision Magazine, “Life Frames” — Jon Warren, Laura Reinhardt, Lindsey Minerva.

 

Cartoon

First Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Captain Absolutely” — Dennis Edwards, Stephen O’Rear, Jenny Wollen, Jesse Florea. Second Place: Enrichment Journal, “We’ve Noticed that your Belt has Reached Retirement Height, Pastor.” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Scott Arthur Masear. Third Place: Answers Magazine, “A Tower For Rebels” — Jon Seest, Brandie Lucas. Fourth Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Friends Out Back” — Crystal Bowman, Kevin Zimmer, Jesse Florea, Joanna Echols, Lexie Rhodes. Fifth Place: The Pathway, “Night Before Pill” — Dennis Fletcher.

 

Cause of the Year: Financial Stewardship

First Place: Church Finance Today, “How Churches Spend Their Money” — Matthew Branaugh. Second Place: Wheaton Magazine, “What’s it Worth?” — Katherine Halberstadt Anderson, Allison Althoff. Third Place: In Touch, “How To Be Good at Being Rich” — Andy Stanley. Fourth Place: Sojourners, “The Rich Get Richer” — Julie Polter. Fifth Place: Kindred Spirit, “Stewarding Our Father’s Resources” — Sandra Glahn, Keith Yates, Jennifer Callaway.

 

Cover

First Place: Leadership Journal — Doug Fleener. Second Place: New Frontier Chronicle, “Caring” — Kevin Dobruck. Third Place: Enrichment Journal, “The Modern Family and the Family of God” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Steve Lopez, Gary Locke. Fourth Place: Wesleyan Life — Kory Pence, Wayne MacBeth, Kerry Kind. Fifth Place: Facts & Trends, “United By the Gospel” — Katie Shull, Carol Pipes.

 

Critical Review

First Place: Books & Culture, “Awareness: Raised” — D.L. Mayfield. Second Place: Africanus Journal, “Review of How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul” — William Spencer, Aida Spencer, John Runyon, Jennifer Creamer, Seong Park. Third Place: Christianity Today, “The Human Bonhoeffer” — Timothy Larsen. Fourth Place: Sojourners, “Computing the Future” — Kathryn Reklis. Fifth Place: Christianity Today Online, “The Bible Is More Than a ‘Mystery’”— Andrew Wilson.

 

Department

First Place: Christianity Today, “News.” Second Place: Answers Magazine, “Creation on Display” — Dan Breeding, Joe Francis, Gordon Wilson, Doug Rumminger, Dan Stelzer. Third Place: The Banner, “Tuned In” — Kate Padilla, Kathryn Hoffman, Brian Bork, Kristy Quist, Bob De Moor. Fourth Place: Enrichment Journal, “EShorts” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Steve Lopez.

 

Devotional

First Place: Christianity Today, “An Open Apology to the Local Church” — Katelyn Beaty. Second Place: Church of God Evangel, “Lord, Help Me See” — Sharon Beth Brani. Third Place: The Banner, “Bowing but Not Scraping” — Leonard J. Vander Zee, Bob De Moor. Fourth Place: Wesleyan Life — Tricia Rife, Ron McClung, Wayne MacBeth, Kory Pence, Kerry Kind. Fifth Place: Sojourners, “The Miracle of Christmas Bread” — Rose Marie Berger.

 

Editorial

First Place: Sojourners, “One Church, One Body” — Jim Wallis. Second Place: Citizen, “Tough-Love Training for Contenders” — Karla Dial. Third Place: One Magazine, “First Glimpse: She’s Playing My Song” —Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Sondra Blackburn. Fourth Place: Missions Insider, “How to Civilize Primitive People” — Brittany Tedesco. Fifth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “We Trust God. He is in Control Always, Even During the Blood, During the Killing.” — Jim Dau, President.

 

Evangelism Article

First Place: Enrichment Journal, “Speaking the Truth in Love: Why Evangelism Isn’t Intolerant” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Joseph Dimitrov. Second Place: Church of God Evangel, “How My Mom Found Christ” — Vicki Maheu. Third Place: Answers Magazine, “Every Mormon’s Need for Rest” — Roger Patterson, Michael Matthews, Doug Rumminger, Dan Stelzer. Fourth Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “Your Messed-Up Story” — Kelli B. Trujillo, Natalie Lederhouse, Joy Beth Smith, Mary Bellus. Fifth Place: Alliance Life, “Tell Me a Story” — Peter Burgo, Melinda Lane, Daron Short.

 

Fiction

First Place: The Behemoth, “The True Man” — Mark Galli. Second Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Getting a Signal” — Jennette Hardy, Jesse Florea, Stephen O’Rear. Third Place: Refreshed, “Morning Mail” — Mary Moody, Mary Hart, Lori Arnold, Lamar Keener, Theresa Keener. Fourth Place: Clubhouse Jr., “The Carpet Square Face-Off” — Kelly J. Carey, Jesse Florea, Joanna Echols.

 

First-Person Article

First Place: In Touch, “How A Christian Drunk Got Past Her Pride” — Heather Kopp. Second Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “They are Christians. Let Them Die: Attacks in Egypt Create Need for Medical Care” — Dr. Jim. Third Place: Fusion, “Bulletproof” — Daniel Sweet, Jonathan Yandell, David Jones, Stephen Nelson, Marianne Stewart. Fourth Place: LeadershipJournal.net, “My Near Life Experience” — Peyton Jones. Fifth Place: Alabama Baptist, “Back to School”

 

Freelance Article

First Place: Patti Townley-Covert, “The DNA of Diversity.” Second Place: Ann-Margret Hovsepian, “Messenger to the Military.”

 

General Article: Long

First Place: Christianity Today, “The World the Missionaries Made” — Andrea Palpant Dilley. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, “Rwanda 20 Years Later: Healing Hearts” — Kari Costanza, Journey Group. Third Place: The Banner, “Leaving Home” — Mariano Avila. Fourth Place: The Behemoth, “Behold Now Behemoth” — Ted Olsen. Fifth Place: Alliance Life, “Tell Me a Story” — Peter Burgo, Melinda Lane, Daron Short.

 

General Article: Medium

First Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers” — Leslie Leyland Fields, Kelli B. Trujillo, Natalie Lederhouse, Mary Bellus. Second Place: Sojourners, “The Gospel According to George McGovern” — Robert G. Duffet. Third Place: The Baptist Standard, “Ebola Vigil Becomes Memorial for Fallen Christian Brother” — Marv Knox. Fourth Place: Mutuality, “On Being a Woman After God’s Own Heart” — Jenny Rae Armstrong, Tim Krueger, Mimi Haddad. Fifth Place: Boundless, “What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Marriage” — Joshua Rogers.

 

General Article: Short

First Place: Refreshed, “Colliding with God” — Tim Walker, Lori Arnold, Lamar Keener, Theresa Keener. Second Place: In Touch, “Two Potatoes” — James Cain. Third Place: The Banner, “Winter Grace” — Joyce Kane, Bob De Moor. Fourth Place: LeadershipJournal.net, “When a Pastor Resigns Abruptly” — John Ortberg. Fifth Place (tie): Message Magazine, “To Save a Princess: A Father’s Love Knows No Bounds” — Lauren Miller, Paul Luce, Leah Pickard, Ingela Hartman. Answers Magazine, “Northern Gannets—Death-Defying Diver Bombers” — Donna O’Daniel, Michael Matthews, Doug Rumminger, Dan Stelzer

 

Humorous

First Place: Refreshed, “Insomnia: Questions that Keep Me Awake at Night” — Joanne Brokaw, Lori Arnold, Lamar Keener, Theresa Keener. Second Place: Light and Life Magazine, “Hope for Spicy Families” — Jeff Finley, Jen Hatmaker. Third Place: Leading Hearts, “Relative Insanity” — Torry Martin. Fourth Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Something Sweet” — Bob Smiley, Jesse Florea, Stephen O’Rear. Fifth Place: LeadershipJournal.net, “Pastoral Envy” — Daniel Cooley.

 

Interview Article

First Place: LeadershipJournal.net, “Leading in Prayer” — Drew Dyck. Second Place: The Brink, “The Return of the Prodigal: A Journey From Homosexuality and Drugs to Holy Sexuality and Christ” — Jeremy Crittenden, Christopher Yuan, David Jones, Jonathan Yandell, Sondra Blackburn. Third Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald, “2 Jobs 1 Calling: The World of Bi-Vocational Ministry” — Angeline Schellenberg. Fourth Place: Enrichment Journal, “Serve, Don’t Shout: Ministering to LGBT Families With Love and Compassion” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Rick Cole. Fifth Place: Liberty Champion, “Taking a Brave Stand” — Rachael Graf.

 

Original Art: Digital/Mixed Media

First Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Christmas in the Heart of Boston” — Michael Heath, Jenny Wollen. Second Place: Southern Seminary Magazine, “From Death to Life: The Imperative of Church Revitalization” — Eric Jimenez. Third Place: The Banner, “Should Christians Carry?” — Frank Gutbrod, Dean R. Heetderks, Bob De Moor. Fourth Place: Mission Frontiers, “Ethnodoxology” — Katie Koch. Fifth Place: EFCA Today, “Powerful Ecosystem” — Matt Pamer, Diane McDougall, Josh Bryant, Brian Cole, Rae Phillips.

 

Original Art: Traditional

First Place: Answers Magazine, “Decoding the Debris” — John Phillips, Dan Stelzer. Second Place: Sojourners, “How to Dismantle the New Jim Crow” — Darcy Muenchrath. Third Place: Southern Seminary Magazine, “Theology in the Life of the Church” — Andrea Stember. Fourth Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Getting a Signal” — Kevin Keele, Jenny Wollen. Fifth Place: Adventure Guide, “Spotlight” — Chad Thompson, Andrea Young, Amanda Everson, Katie Greenwood, Janiece Waldrop.

 

Personality Article

First Place: Christianity Today Online, “The Most Influential Reformer You’ve Never Heard of” — Karen Swallow Prior. Second Place: Cedarville Magazine, “When Worlds Converge” — Clem Boyd. Third Place: The Baptist Standard, “The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Joel Gregory” — Marv Knox. Fourth Place: Priscilla Papers, “Madame Talent” — Gilbert Bilezikian, William D. Spencer, Mimi Haddad. Fifth Place: Sojourners, “Cutting-Edge Orthodoxy” — Jason Byassee.

 

Photo Feature

First Place: World Vision Magazine Online, “14 Photos from 2014” — Jon Warren, Lindsey Minerva, Laura Reinhardt, Eugene Lee, Andrea Peer. Second Place: In Touch, “Land of Extremes” — Charles F. Stanley. Third Place: Horizons, “A Stitch Sublime” — Andy Olsen. Fourth Place: On Mission, “Is God Done with Detroit?” — Joe Garrad, Shawn Elledge, Tobin Perry, Aaron Coe, Joe Conway. Fifth Place: Message Magazine, “Cambodian Gang Ministry - Convicted. Evicted. Redeemed.” — Lauren Miller, Paul Luce, Leah Pickard, Ingela Hartman.

 

Photography Use

First Place: Worldwide Challenge — Guy Gerrard, Ted Wilcox, Tom Mills. Second Place: World Vision Magazine. Third Place: Horizons — Robert Johnson, Andy Olsen. Fourth Place: Christianity Today — Gary Gnidovic, Alecia Sharp. Fifth Place: Message Magazine — Lauren Miller, Paul Luce, Leah Pickard, Ingela Hartman.

 

Poetry

First Place: Books & Culture, “What Peter Looked Like Stepping on Water” — Benjamin Myers. Second Place: Indian Life, “Poem: There is a Sound” — Freda Klassen. Third Place: The Banner, “An Advent Prayer” — John Terpstra, Bob De Moor. Fourth Place: Priscilla Papers, “Mother and a Grave” — H. Edgar Hix, William D. Spencer, Mimi Haddad. Fifth Place: The Behemoth, “To the Oldest Recorded Supernova” — Julie Sumner.

 

Publication Design

First Place: The Brink — Sondra Blackburn, Andrea Young, David Jones, Jonathan Yandell. Second Place: In Part — William Teodori, David Kasparek, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, Dulcimer Brubaker, Kristine Frey. Third Place: One Magazine — Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Sondra Blackburn. Fourth Place: Answers Magazine — Dan Stelzer, Michael Matthews, Doug Rumminger. Fifth Place: On Mission — Shawn Elledge, Steve Beaver, Joe Conway, Aaron Coe.

 

Publication Redesign

First Place: Fuller — Lauralee Farrer, TJ Lee, Randall Cole, Michael Wright, Irene Neller. Second Place: Leadership Journal — Doug Fleener, Metaleap Creative. Third Place: On Mission — Aaron Coe, Shawn Elledge, Steve Beaver, Joe Conway, Adam Miller. Fourth Place: Horizons — Robert Johnson. Fifth Place: Alabama Baptist.

 

 

Reporting

First Place: World Vision Magazine, “Children of the Brothel” — Kari Costanza. Second Place: Morning Star News, “Death Sentence Upheld for Christian Mother in Pakistan” — Asher John. Third Place: In Touch, “Foolish for God. All the Way to Mali” — Sandy Feit. Fourth Place: Church Finance Today, “How Churches Spend Their Money” — Matthew Branaugh. Fifth Place (tie): Christianity Today, “Who Owns the Sermon” — Bob Smietana. Citizen, “Surrogate Future” — Daniel Weiss.

 

Single Photo: Candid

First Place: World Vision Magazine, “Children of the Brothel” — Jon Warren. Second Place: Compassion Magazine, “Brave New World” — Paul Moede, Tim Glenn, Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle. Third Place: Horizons, “Words in the Desert” — Robert Johnson. Fourth Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Out of the Fire” — Ted Wilcox. Fifth Place: The Lutheran Witness — Erik Lunsford, David Strand, Adriane Heins.

 

Single Photo: Controlled

First Place: Christianity Today, “Finding Mr. Wright” — Sophie Gerrard. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, “Righting Wrongs for Romania’s Children” — Laura Reinhardt. Third Place: In Touch, “Small Change, Big Difference” — Ben Rollins. Fourth Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Kansas Catalyst” — Ted Wilcox. Fifth Place: Alabama Baptist, “Paul and Me” — Neisha Roberts.

 

Single-Theme Section or Issue

First Place: The War Cry, “War Cry Heritage Issue.” Second Place: Enrichment Journal, “The Man Issue” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Steve Lopez. Third Place: Horizons, “Chad - The Dead Heart of Africa” — Robert Johnson, Andy Olsen, Lisa Renninger, Joel Hager, Terri Stucky. Fourth Place: In Touch, “The Travel Issue.” Fifth Place: The Lutheran Witness, “Persecution” — David Strand, Adriane Heins, Vicky Schaeffer.

 

Standing Column

First Place: Enrichment Journal, “Dealing With Doubters” — George Paul Wood, Rick Knoth, Paul Copan. Second Place: Christianity Today, “N.D. Wilson: Mud Alive” — N.D. Wilson. Third Place: One Magazine, “First Glimpse” — Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Sondra Blackburn. Fourth Place: gettingfromheretoeternity.com, “Keeping Faith” — Kyle Huckins. Fifth Place: Refreshed, “Plugged In” — Doug Trouten, Scott Noble, Lamar Keener, Theresa Keener.

 

Student Writer of the Year

First Place: Sojourners, “Is Social Justice ‘Sexy’?” — Hannah Sachs. Second Place: Priscilla Papers, “The Book of Ruth as an Exemplar for Faith Communities” — Samuel C. Long, Jeff Miller, Mimi Haddad. Third Place: One Magazine, “Beyond the Comfort Zone” —Stephen Nelson, Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Sondra Blackburn. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “End Missionary Debt!” — Katherine Burgess. Fifth Place: The Clause, “Former APU Prof to Try ‘Year Without God’” — Annie Yu.

 

Titles

First Place: Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse, “Commander in Thief; Doc’s Odors; Catch of the Day” — Jesse Florea, Stephen O’Rear. Second Place: Sojourners, “Did Jesus Pray to Allah, Confessions of a Violent Peacemaker, Is Social Justice ‘Sexy’?” Third Place: Christianity Today Online, “How to Date Jesus’ Wife; New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies; Lessons from the Church of Satan” — Kevin P. Emmert, Alissa Wilkinson. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “The Bible in the Original Geek; Finding Mr. Wright; My Own French Revolution” — Mark Galli, Katelyn Beaty, Ted Olsen. Fifth Place: EFCA Today, “His Grace Will Lead Me Home; Powerful Ecosystem; The High-Grace, High-Truth Church” — Diane McDougall, Matt Pamer, Josh Bryant, Brian Cole, Rae Phillips.

 

Two-Page Spread Design

First Place: Wesleyan Life — Kory Pence, Wayne MacBeth, Kerry Kind, Julia Park. Second Place: Answers Magazine, “Allosaurus -- A Creationist’s Best Friend” — Ben Iocco, Dan Stelzer. Third Place: Message Magazine, “Urbanization Infographic” — Lauren Miller, Paul Luce, Leah Pickard, Ingela Hartman. Fourth Place: In Touch, “Loved as We Are” — Jeff Gregory, Lisa Dyches. Fifth Place: Fusion, “Bulletproof” — Marianne Stewart, Andrea Young, Jonathan Yandell, David Jones, Stephen Nelson.

 

Typography and Lettering

First Place: Answers Magazine, “There’s No Place Like Home” — Joseph Alessio, Dan Stelzer. Second Place: Wesleyan Life — Kory Pence, Wayne MacBeth, Kerry Kind, Julia Park. Third Place: EFCA Today, “His Grace Will Lead Me Home” — Matt Pamer, Diane McDougall, Josh Bryant, Brian Cole, Rae Phillips. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “The Work of Their Hands” — Gary Gnidovic. Fifth Place: The Banner, “Should Christians Carry?” — Frank Gutbrod, Dean R. Heetderks, Bob De Moor.

 

Website design

First Place: Compassion Explorer Online — Paul Moede, Tim Glenn, Leanna Summers, Willow Welter, Mark Kyle. Second Place: Fuller — Lauralee Farrer, TJ Lee, Randy Cole, Irene Neller. Third Place: ChurchLawAndTax.com — Valerie Broucek, Louise Ferrebee. Fourth Place: EFCA Today — Rae Phillips, Brian Cole, Matt Pamer, Diane McDougall, Josh Bryant. Fifth Place: Christianity Today Online.