2019 Higher Goals Awards

Presented during EPA’s 2019 convention, the 2019 Higher Goals awards honor the best work done in specific categories during the 2018 calendar year.

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Article Series

First Place: The Christian Post, School Shootings — Leonardo Blair, Brandon Showalter. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, Bill Hybels News Coverage and Editorial — Bob Smietana, Mark Galli. Third Place: The Chimes, Mental Health Series — Christian Leonard. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, What You Don’t Know — Kayla Yiu. Fifth Place: The Christian Chronicle, Big Questions for Churches of Christ — Erik Tryggestad

Biblical Exposition

First Place: Christianity Today, A Consecrated Fool — Fred Smith. Second Place: One Magazine, Attitude Overboard — Ruth McDonald. Third Place: AG News, The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction? — Wave Nunnally. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, How to Read the Bible with Curiosity — Amy Hayes. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine, Making Sense of Leviticus — Joshua Ryan Butler

Blog: Single post

First Place: Boundless, An Open Letter to the Author of ‘Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos’ — Erica Wilkinson. Second Place: The Banner, Serving While Living with Disabilities — Jenna C. Hoff. Third Place: Mutuality Online, Why Are We Teaching Girls to Hate Their Bodies? — Kate Dewhurst. Fourth Place: Mary Larmoyeux, Forgiveness and Healing for the Post-Abortive. Fifth Place: ERLC.com, The Courageous Work of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Denis Mukwege — Catherine Hodge

Blog: Website

First Place: EFCA Blog — Abby Farson Pratt, Kevin Horner, Rae Phillips, Zack Bryant, Jeremy Cherry, Josh Bryant. Second Place: Christianity Today Online, The Exchange — Ed Stetzer. Third Place: Boundless — Lisa Anderson, James Clapper. Fourth Place: Facts & Trends Online — Aaron Earls, Joy Allmond, Aaron Wilson, Jonathan Howe, Carol Pipes. Fifth Place: The Banner, As I Was Saying — Shiao Chong, Judith Claire Hardy

Cartoon

First Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Friends Out Back — Kevin Zimmer, Lexie Rhodes. Second Place: The Banner | Cal Baptist University, Lancer Life Comic — Sarah Dane. Third Place: Answers Magazine, Kids Answers Sick Squad — Ruslan Safarov, Dan Stelzer. Fourth Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Degrees of Kelvin — Dennis Edwards, Jenny Dillon. Fifth Place: DTS Student Paper, There’s Just Something Special — Mark Pate

Cause of the Year Article - Children in Crisis

First Place: Luke Society News, Stepping to the Plate — Dan Breen. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, Building Happy Childhoods — Laura Reinhardt. Third Place: Christian History, A Substantial Work — Philip Thomas. Fourth Place: Sojourners, Dismantling ‘Supermax for Kids’ — Matt Smith. Fifth Place: Christianity Today, Hope and Play — Kate Shellnutt

Cause of the Year Illustration/Photo - Children in Crisis

First Place: World Vision Magazine Online, Overcoming Obstacles — Laura Reinhardt. Second Place: World Vision Magazine, Rohingya Refugee Crisis — Shabir Hussain. Third Place: Christianity Today, How Long Will it Be? — Gary S. Chapman

Cover

First Place: The Point — Cassidy Eldridge, Eliana Park, Rebecca Mitchell, Victoria Orozco. Second Place: In Touch Magazine — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie A. Hughes, Aline Mello, Eric Capossela. Third Place: Answers Magazine — Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville. Fourth Place: Alliance Life — Kenneth Crane. Fifth Place: Citizen — Doug Fleener, Karla Dial

Critical Review

First Place: Christianity Today, The Dangerous Mr. Rogers — D. L. Mayfield. Second Place: Sojourners, Let’s Start at the Very Beginning — Julie Polter. Third Place: ERLC.com, The Pleading of Ben Sasse in “Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal” — Daniel Patterson. Fourth Place: Crux, BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google — Craig Gay. Fifth Place: Christianity Today Online, How Poetry Quiets the ‘Pandemonium of Blab’ — Christie Purifoy

Department

First Place: Focus on the Family, Hacks & Facts — Sheila Seifert, Vance Fry. Second Place: In Touch Magazine, Faith Works — Christie Purifoy, John Blase, Aline Mello, Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Eric Capossela. Third Place: One Magazine, First Glimpse — Eric K. Thomsen. Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine, In the Kitchen — Kari Costanza, Laura Reinhardt, Heather Klinger, Sevil Omer. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine, Creation on Display — Melissa Webb, Heather Brinson Bruce, Gordon Wilson, Jeffrey Tomkins, Joel Ebert, Tom Hennigan

Devotional

First Place: In Touch Magazine, The Ministry of Lament — D.L. Mayfield. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, Settling for a Fix-it God — Kevin Butcher. Third Place: Christianity Today Online, Learning to See Your Single Neighbor — Holly Stallcup. Fourth Place: Illinois Baptist, Confessions of a ‘Community’ Skeptic — Meredith Flynn. Fifth Place: Brio Magazine, Becoming a Woman of Peace — Krishana Kraft

Editorial

First Place: Christianity Today Online, We Need an Independent Investigation of Sovereign Grace Ministries — Mark Galli. Second Place: IMB.org, A Thousand Words: What Your Photos Say about Mission — William Haun, Rachel Cohen. Third Place: Grace & Peace Magazine, Trying on New Lenses — Charles A. Tillman, Sr.. Fourth Place: The Alabama Baptist, Saying No to Racism — Bob Terry. Fifth Place: Mutuality, The Tears of Men: The Emotional Masculinity of Jesus and Saint Francis — Mimi Haddad

Evangelism Article

First Place: Christian Leader, Real Simple Sharing — Aaron Myers. Second Place: The Banner, A Pizza-Box Sign — Elizabeth Drummond. Third Place: Facts & Trends Online, Reaching Gamers with the Gospel — Aaron Wilson. Fourth Place: Grace & Peace Magazine, Four Practices that Characterize Wesleyan Evangelism — Douglas Powe. Fifth Place: IMB.org, Salvation Bracelets in Africa? No, Thanks — Melanie Clinton

Feature Article

First Place: World Vision Magazine, The Long Path to Clean Water — Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie, Jon Warren, Ashley Walton. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle, 1, 000 Wells Around the World — Bobby Ross Jr., Ashley Reeves. Third Place: The Clarion, Loss of Sight, Gained Vision — Bri Shaw, Jamie Hudalla, Kendall Soderstrom, Carlo Holmberg. Fourth Place: Citizen, A Good Break — Matt Kaufman. Fifth Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, Proclaiming the Gospel in a Prison Nation — Kim van Veen, Natasha Fullard, Dennis Waterman

Fiction

First Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse, The Lost Woods — Jonathan Friesen. Second Place: Boundless, Grace for My Worst Day — George Halitzka. Third Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Up, Up and Away — Brock Eastman. Fourth Place: Explorer’s Guide, New Year, New Jayden — Derek Lewis, Scott Brooks

First-Person Article

First Place: Baptist Press, First-Person: A Valentine for Grieving Husbands — Erich Bridges. Second Place: Sojourners, A Grief Deferred — Josina Guess. Third Place: IMB.org, Living the Prosperity of the Gospel in the Midst of Suffering — Barbara Singerman. Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion Online, This Is My Home — Meztli. Fifth Place: Fathom, Race and Racism in the Classroom — Timothy Basselin

Freelance Article

First Place: Michael Foust, 3 Loud Pro-Life Messages in A Quiet Place. Second Place: Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Not Just for Show. Third Place: Carolyn Curtis, Hope in the Heartache: Sutherland Springs One Year Later. Fourth Place: Chris Maxwell, You Must Care for Yourself or You Can’t Care for Others. Fifth Place: Sherri Langton, The Art of Compassion

General Article: Long

First Place: SAConnects, Pain, Miracles, and a New Mission — Hugo Bravo. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, Addiction & the Church — Dana Bowman. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, The (Other) Great Deceiver — Matt Woodley. Fourth Place: Christianity Today Online, When the Rohingya Came, This Christian Hospital was Ready — Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra. Fifth Place: One Magazine, All the Difference — Ashley Baines McNeese

General Article: Medium

First Place: The Brink, Civility and Courage in an Age of Confusion — Daniel Darling. Second Place: The Alabama Baptist, Gaming: a New Missions Field — Carrie Brown McWhorter. Third Place: Christianity Today Online, Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough — Fleming Rutledge. Fourth Place: EFCA Blog, Why People Stop Believing — Paul Chamberlain. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine, Without Condemnation — Lynn D. Morrissey

General Article: Short

First Place: Answers Magazine, Strength of the Pack — Heather Brinson Bruce. Second Place: Focus on the Family, Walking With Grandpa — Grace Penn. Third Place: SAConnects, ‘Moo’-tivated to Serve — Robert Mitchell. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, The Break-In — Joseph E. Miller. Fifth Place: Christianity Today Online, Is the Body That ‘Betrayed’ Me Still ‘Very Good’? — Derek Rishmawy

Humorous

First Place: Sojourners, I Could Stick My Head in the Sand — Ed Spivey Jr.. Second Place: In Touch Magazine Online, Ode to Ho Ho — Jamie A. Hughes. Third Place: The Covenant Companion, The Alpaca in the Manger — Dana Bowman. Fourth Place: Teachers of Vision, Raiders of the Posh Park — Dave Meurer. Fifth Place: One Magazine, Caffeine — Eric K. Thomsen

Interview Article

First Place: The Brink, Kind Is the New Classy — Candace Cameron Bure, David Jones, Katy Fry. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, Torn from Home. Third Place: Grace & Peace Magazine, End of Life Care as Discipleship — Charles W. Christian. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, The Third Place: Making the Church a Bridge to Reconciliation — Aline Mello. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, The God Who Sees Us — Aline Mello

Original Art: Digital/Mixed Media

First Place: Answers Magazine, Noah’s Ark Could It Float? — Chris Neville. Second Place: Sojourners, How Evangelicals Became White — Ed Spivey Jr.. Third Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse, The Voice of an Angel — Mike Heath. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Different Together — Daniël Roozendaal. Fifth Place: Pursuit, Finding Identity in Diversity — Lauren Shelburne

Original Art: Traditional

First Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Up, Up and Away — Jim Madsen, Lexie Rhodes, Jim Cail. Second Place: Focus on the Family, Does God Like Me? — Brian Mellema, Jody Reiner, Carly Jade Catto. Third Place: Christianity Today, Love Your Frenemies — Jonathan Bartlett. Fourth Place: War Cry, Fear Not — Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee, Cliff Nielsen, Jeff McDonald, Roger Selvage. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine, What’s Behind Today’s Attacks on Marriage? — Ben Stafford, Dan Stelzer

Personality Article

First Place: The Christian Chronicle, 18 Wheels and a Heart to Serve — Bobby Ross Jr.. Second Place: Christianity Today, For Southern Baptists, J.D. Greear is a National Treasure — Kate Shellnutt. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, Frontline Faith — John VandenOever. Fourth Place: The Alabama Baptist, Leaving a Legacy — Grace Thornton. Fifth Place: One Magazine, Adding Up the Numbers — Brenda J. Evans

Photo Feature

First Place: World Vision Magazine, The Long Path to Clean Water — Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie, Jon Warren. Second Place: Answers Magazine, The Ultimate Beach House — Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville. Third Place: Christianity Today, How Long Will It Be? — Gary S. Chapman. Fourth Place: The Covenant Companion, Who Do You Say That I Am? — Eric Staswick, Kristi Schild, Tim Coburn, Scott Toste, Leon Saperstein, LaMar Photography. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine, Between Two Worlds — Ben Rollins, Joseph E. Miller, Cameron Lawrence, Jamie A. Hughes, Aline Mello, Eric Capossela

Photography Use

First Place: World Vision Magazine — Jon Warren, Laura Reinhardt, Chris Huber, Heather Klinger, Eugene Lee. Second Place: FULLER — Lauralee Farrer, Tamara Johnston McMahon, Nate Harrison, Lindsey Sheets, Katy Cook, Brandon Hook. Third Place: Christianity Today — Alecia Sharp, Sarah Gordon, Ted Olsen, Andy Olsen. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Aline Mello, Sandy Feit, Eric Capossela, Tom Sabonis-Chafee. Fifth Place: Pursuit — Randy Plavajka, Kathleen Phillips, Phillip Ndowu, Jessica Rose

Poetry

First Place: Mutuality, Hunger — Jax Cortez. Second Place: Sojourners, In the Mourning — Da’Shawn Mosley. Third Place: The Banner, Thinking He Was the Gardener — David Schelhaas Schelhaas. Fourth Place: Fathom, Foundling — Jonathan Rowe. Fifth Place: Crux, This That I Love — Sarah Crowley Chestnut

Publication Design

First Place: Pursuit — Randy Plavajka, Kathleen Phillips, Jessica Rose, Phillip Ndowu. Second Place: In Touch Magazine — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Aline Mello, Sandy Feit, Eric Capossela, Tom Sabonis-Chafee. Third Place: FULLER — Lauralee Farrer, Tamara Johnston McMahon, Becky Still, Michael Wright, Katy Cook, Kathryn Sangsland. Fourth Place: The Great Commission Magazine — Ryan Thomas, Maria Estes, Emily Lyons-Wood. Fifth Place: Answers Magazine — Dan Stelzer, Chris Neville

Publication Redesign

First Place: Evangel Magazine — David Mayne, Matt Hufman. Second Place: The Banner — Dean Heetderks, Pete Euwema. Third Place: Ministry & Leadership — Ligon Duncan, Phillip Holmes, Paul Schwarz, Jonathan Shull, Matt McQuade, Tiffany Bryson. Fourth Place: One Magazine — Eric K. Thomsen, Andrea Young, Marianne Stewart. Fifth Place: Resource — Eric Reed, Kris Kell, Lisa Misner, Meredith Flynn, Andrew Woodrow, Leah Honnen

Reporting

First Place: Facts & Trends, Opioid Crisis Hits Home — Bob Smietana. Second Place: The Christian Chronicle, At the Border, a Prayer for Forgotten People — Erik Tryggestad. Third Place: Christianity Today Online, Out of the Flood — Brittney Martin. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, How Long Will it Be? — Jeremy Weber. Fifth Place: AG News, Justices Side with Free Speech Over Abortion Rights — John Kennedy

Single Photo: Candid

First Place: World Vision Magazine, A Winter Walk in Armenia — Laura Reinhardt. Second Place: World Vision Magazine Online, Orchestrated by God — Jon Warren. Third Place: Cru Storylines, Christ the Redeemer Monument, Rio de Janeiro — Ted Wilcox. Fourth Place: In Touch Magazine, Frontline Faith — Tommy Trenchard. Fifth Place: Christianity Today, How Long Will it Be? — Gary S. Chapman

Single Photo: Controlled

First Place: Cru Storylines, Dr. Elioisa in her Clinic — Ted Wilcox. Second Place: World Vision Magazine Online, A Radiant Smile of Hope — Laura Reinhardt. Third Place: SAConnects, Hands Holding Clovers — Ryan Love. Fourth Place: Christianity Today, JD Greear Portrait — Alex Boerner. Fifth Place: The Covenant Companion, Who Do You Say That I Am? — Tim Coburn, Eric Staswick

Single-Theme Section or Issue

First Place: Christian History, Food and Faith: 2000 Years of Feasting and Fasting — Jennifer Woodruff Tait, LaVonne Neff, Dawn Moore, Doug Johnson, Kaylena Radcliff, Dan Graves. Second Place: War Cry, The Salvation Army 101 — Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee, Major Frank Duracher, Jeff McDonald, Roger Selvage, Gloria Hull, Ashley Schena. Third Place: In Touch Magazine, Forgiveness — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie Hughes, Aline Mello, Sandy Feit, Eric Capossela, Tom Sabonis-Chafee. Fourth Place: The Banner, Synod Issue — Shiao Chong, Judith Claire Hardy, Kristy Quist, Alissa Vernon, Gayla Postma, Dean Heetderks. Fifth Place: Christianity Today, Billy Graham Special Issue

Standing Column

First Place: Christianity Today, Spirited Life — Andrew Wilson. Second Place: The Clarion, The Clarion Columnist — Jamie Hudalla. Third Place: Fathom, The (Dis)content — Aarik Danielsen. Fourth Place: One Magazine, First Glimpse — Eric K. Thomsen. Fifth Place: The Chimes, Everything Eagles — Austin Green

Student Writer of the Year

First Place: The Chimes, Thousand Oaks Shooting Devastation Hits Biola — Isabelle Thompson. Second Place: Decision, Standing Firm for Public School Kids — Emma Morris. Third Place: The Christian Chronicle, Our Poverty Challenges Us to Cling to God — Elise Miller. Fourth Place: Leading Hearts, Sioni Rodriguez: The Freedom in Forgiveness — Emily Walton. Fifth Place: Cedars, A Baby for Christmas — Paolo Carrion

Table of Contents

First Place: The Clarion — Sierra Smith, Mary Hitt, Maddie DeBilzan, Carlo Holmberg, Katie Viesselman, Maddie Christy. Second Place: In Touch Magazine — Cameron Lawrence, Jamie A. Hughes, Aline Mello, Sandy Feit, Eric Capossela. Third Place: World Vision Magazine — Kristy J. O’Hara-Glaspie, Heather Klinger, Sevil Omer, Ashley Walton, Brad Woodard. Fourth Place: The Banner — Dean Heetderks, Pete Euwema. Fifth Place: Christianity Today — Alecia Sharp, Sarah Gordon, Ted Olsen, Andy Olsen

Titles

First Place: Christianity Today, My Pregnancy, Not My Baby; The Arbor of God; Love Your Frenemies — Kate Shellnutt, Alecia Sharp, Matt Reynolds, Sarah Gordon, Andy Olsen. Second Place: The Covenant Companion, Ashes of Lent, Who Do You Say That I Am?, Diagnosis Cancer. Third Place: Answers Magazine, How the Arctic Fox Got Its Winter Wardrobe, Shells-The Ultimate Beach House, Not Just a Pretty Face — Tom Hennigan, Matthew Ingle, Roger Sanders, Bethany McShurley. Fourth Place: Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Frog Days of Summer; Step, Rumble, Grumble; Tongue Twisters — Jesse Florea, Joanna Echols, Kate Jameson, Lexie Rhodes. Fifth Place: In Touch Magazine Online, The Difference of 435 Square Feet, Give of Your Firstpencils, Us and Us — Kayla Yerden, Jamie A. Hughes, Matt Woodley, Cameron Lawrence, Aline Mello, Sandy Feit

Two-Page Spread Design

First Place: Christianity Today, My Pregnancy, Not My Baby — Alecia Sharp, Melanie Grizzel. Second Place: In Touch Magazine, Making Sense of Leviticus — Joshua Ryan Butler, Tim McDonagh. Third Place: Sojourners, The Person Who Remains — Janice Hicks. Fourth Place: Concordia Seminary Magazine, The Journey to Seminary life — Vicki Biggs, Melanie Ave, Jayna Rollings, Michelle Poneleit, Courtney Koll. Fifth Place: Grace & Peace Magazine, The Minister as a Lifelong Learner — JR Caines, Charles Christian, Bob Broadbooks, Jeanette Littleton, Rebecca Rodeheaver

Typography and Lettering

First Place: In Touch Magazine, Making Sense of Leviticus — Tim McDonagh, Eric Capossela, Cameron Lawrence, Jamie A. Hughes, Aline Mello. Second Place: Christianity Today, For Southern Baptists, J.D. Greear is a National Treasure — Sarah Gordon. Third Place: SAConnects, Freedom for the Captives — Warren L. Maye, Robert Mitchell, Lea L. Greene, Reginald Raines, Alaina DiGiacomo. Fourth Place: Answers Magazine, How The Arctic Fox Got Its Winter Wardrobe — David Milan, Dan Stelzer. Fifth Place: Brio Magazine, Scripture Art Jeremiah 17:7, NIV — Caren Kreger

Website design

First Place: Fathom — Kelsey Hency, Jonathan Minnema, Jeremy Cherry, Zack Bryant, Jon Thompson. Second Place: Light + Life Magazine Online — Jay Cordova, Douglas Britt, Karen Cantu, Peter Mitchell, Eric Miller. Third Place: EFCA Blog — Abby Farson Pratt, Kevin Horner, Rae Phillips, Zack Bryant, Jeremy Cherry, Josh Bryant. Fourth Place: World Vision Magazine Online. Fifth Place: Boundless — Lisa Anderson, James Clapper