Awards of Excellence
The Awards of Excellence competition honors overall excellence throughout a publication. Honors are given in each EPA membership category. (On-line publications are not presently eligible for this contest.) The top award in each category is the “Award of Excellence”; judges may also give “Awards of Merit.”
Award of Excellence: Journal of Christian Nursing, Judy Shelly, editor; Melodee Yohe, managing editor; Kathy Lay Burrows, art director; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Nurses Christian Fellowship, publisher. The judge said, "The ... staff takes its mission and makes an excellent magazine -- with the elegant, compelling writing, savvy graphics and excellent typography."
Awards of Merit: Physician, Susan Stevens, editor; Mike Harrigan, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher. Leadership, Marshall Shelley, editor; Raymond Whitlock, art director; Christianity Today International, publisher.
Award of Excellence: Light and Life, Doug Newton, editor; Tal Burdine and Andrea Anibal, art directors; Free Methodist Church of North America, publisher. The judge said, "The publication relates directly to the enduring interests and concerns of its audience. The tone of the magazine is conversational but intelligent -- gives the reader a sense of benefit and value."
Awards of Merit: Pentecostal Evangel, Hal Donaldson, editor; Matt Key, art director; Assemblies of God, publisher. Beacon, Diane McDougall/journey Group, editor; Michael Miller/Journey Group, art director; Evangelical Free Church of America, publisher.
Award of Excellence: Books & Culture, John Wilson, editor; Jennifer McGuire, art director; Christianity Today International, publisher. The judge said, "The combination of wit and intelligence makes this magazine a great read. Thoughtful interpretations and difficult concepts are effectively presented. Though a text-heavy publication, this magazine is easy to follow and filled with insightful and innovative illustrations."
Awards of Merit: Christian Reader, Bonne Steffen, editor; John Aardema, art director; Christianity Today International, publisher. New Man, Robert Andrescik, editor; Eric Powell, art director; Strang Communications, publisher.
Award of Excellence: TransWorld RADIO, David McCreary, editor; Charlene Hayden, art director; Trans World Radio, publisher. The judge said, "Nice complement of text and visual storytelling. Effective use of traditional issues along with contemporary issues. Brilliant covers that serve as more than just a pretty picture -- actual content."
Awards of Merit: Send!, Roderick Karmenzind, art director; Gospel for Asia, publisher. World Vision Today Shelly Ngo, editor; Journey Communications, art director; World Vision Inc., publisher.
Award of Excellence: Current Thoughts & Trends, Dennis Cone, editor; Pamela Poll, art director; The Navigators/NavPress, publisher. The judge said, "I couldn't put this publication down. Good, clear, suitable writing throughout . ... Indeed, you do keep readers up with current trends, and you do it in a readable, delightful and engaging way."
Awards of Merit: East-West Church & Ministry Report, Mark Elliott, editor; Global Center, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, publisher. PluggedIn, Bob Smithouser, editor; Jim Cail, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher. The Voice of the Martyrs, Tom White, editor; The Voice of the Martyrs, Inc., publisher.
Award of Excellence: Indian Life, Jim Uttley, editor; Don Monkman and Yisa Akinbolaji, art directors; Intertribal Christian Communications, Inc., publisher. The judge said, "Great news writing -- made news events understandable, accessible and interesting. Content has an intensity of conviction. Graphics are beyond window dressing. Excellent package of writing, editing and design."
Awards of Merit: Inside Journal, Jeff Peck, editor; Peter Gross, art director; Prison Fellowship, publisher. Living Light News, Jeff Caporale, editor; Living Light Ministries, publisher.
Award of Excellence: Christian Home & School, Gordon L. Bordewyk, editor and art director, Christian Schools International, publisher. The judge said: "A wonderfully attractive magazine, with so much for everyone, and yet, it acknowledges that its readers are busy people who have no time to waste . ... Great variety and balance of content."
Awards of Merit: At the Center, Jerry Thacker, editor; Janel Smith/Lorish Company, art director; Marketing Partners, Inc., publisher. Christian Counseling Today, Pam Campbell and Arch Hart, editors; Kathryn Voss, art director; American Association of Christian Counselors, publisher. Worldwide Challenge, Judy Nelson, editor; Journey Communications, art director; Campus Crusade for Christ, publisher.
Award of Excellence: Go!, Janna Jones, editor; Aaron Cessna, art director, North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, publisher. The judge said, "Excellent combination of good writing and visual storytelling. The publication, especially the writing and the design, give readers a sense of solid benefit."
Awards of Merit: Brio, Susie Shellenberger, editor; Rick A. Mills, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher. Youthwalk, Tim Walker, editor; Lynn Farley, art director, Walk Thru the Bible and Youth Specialties, publisher. Campus Life, Chris Lutes, editor; Doug Johnson, art director; Christianity Today International, publisher.
The Awards of Excellence judges were Donald Ranly and Jan Colbert of the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri.
Most Improved Publication
Award of Excellence: Facts for Faith, Kathleen Ross, editor, Jonathan Price, art director; RTB Publishing, publisher. The judges said, "This marvelous redesign brings you much closer to the look and style of Scientific American and much less like Popular Mechanics. You seem to have hit the stride . ... the new design makes the publication consistently excellent. The look makes the content more authoritative and weighty."
Awards of Merit: Christian Counseling Today, Pam Campbell and Arch.Hart, editors; Kathryn Voss and Diane Flienler, art directors; Christian Counseling Resources, Inc., publisher. Momsense,Elizabeth Jusino, editor; Cynthia Young, art director; MOPS International, publisher. Decision, Kersten Beckstrom, editor; Gary Carlson, art director; Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, publisher.
The Most Improved contest was judged by William Thorn of the Marquette University Journalism Department in Milwaukee.
The Higher Goals competition honors achievement in various aspects of a publication, including various editorial and design components. This is an open competition, with publications from all of EPA’s membership categories competing in each category.
First: Kindred Spirit, "Hurry Up and ...Wait" by Roy Zuck
Second: Enrichment, "Exploring Why We Think the Way We Do About Women in Ministry" by George O. Wood
Third: Discipleship Journal, "God's Highest Passion" by William P. Farley
Fourth: Pentecostal Evangel, "Response Evangelism" by Randy Hurst
Fifth: Worship Leader, "Should Worship Be Seeker-Sensitive?" by Mark D. Roberts
Judge: Howard Hendricks, distinguished professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership
CAUSE OF THE YEAR: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
[EPA selects a cause each year as the topic of this special awards category. The cause for issues published in 2002 is “Peace in the Middle East.”]
First: Minnesota Christian Chronicle, "Twin Cities Embraces Alternative Justice System" by Bryan Malley
Second: Holiness Today, "No Justice, No Peace, No Holiness?" by David M. Best
Third: Christian Leader, "Joseph Goes to School" by Ron and Roxanne Claassen
Fourth: The War Cry, "Even in the Valley of the Shadow, There Is a Light" by Kathryn Cox
Fifth: Indian Life, "`Men without Chests' Need Moral Reformation" by Jim Uttley
Judge: Pat Nolan, president of Justice Fellowship in Reston, Virginia
First: Christian Research Journal, "The Story of Soul Stories" by Kate Mover
Second: Books Culture, "To the Jews First" by Lauren E. Winner
Third: Marriage Partnership, "The Case for Marriage" by Jim Killam
Fourth: Christianity Today, "Hagiography for Moderns" by Tom Bethell
Fifth: Leadership, "Freed from the Need to Be Needed" by Calvin Miller
Judge: Chris Willman, senior writer at Entertainment Weekly magazine and formerly a critic and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times and contributor to CCM magazine
First: Citizen, "Founding Father Chic" by Matt Kaufman
Second: Pentecostal Evangel, "What If We're Wrong?" by Ken Horn
Third: Mennonite Brethren Herald, "Choosing Children" by Jim Coggins
Fourth: Christianity Today, "Now What?" by Mark Galli
Fifth: YouthCulture@Today, "Shame, Shame, Shame" by Walt Mueller
Judge: Russ Pulliam, associate editor and columnist for the Indianapolis Star newspaper and director of the Pulliam Journalism Fellowships
First: Clubhouse, "Defusing the Anger Bomb" by Nancy Rue
Second: Christianity Today, "The Biotech Revolution Times Fifty" by Brenda W Clough
Third: Leadership, "Screwtape's Strategy for Pastors" by Calvin Miller
Fourth: Go!, "The Parry" by Nicole Phinney
Fifth: Joyful Woman, "Thorns in My Garden" by Elizabeth Rice Handford
Judge: Jill Baumgaertner, English professor and dean of Humanities and Theological Studies at Wheaton College
FIRST PERSON ARTICLE
First: Moody, "In Passing" by Nancy Bayless
Second: Stillpoint, "Choosing the Right Score" by Herma B. Williams
Third: Christian Parenting Today, "My Princess in Pink Plastic Shoes" by Todd Wilson
Fourth: Christianity Today, "The Great Reunion Beyond" by Sarah E. Hinlicky
Fifth: Priscilla Papers, "Why? Oh, Why Am I a Woman?" by Funmi Josephine Para-Mallam
Judge: Hal Hostetler, retired managing editor of Guideposts magazine and now a roving editor and writing teacher
First: Sojourners,"God Is My Palm Pilot" by Bill Wylie-Kellermann and David Batstone
Second: World Vision Today, "Feeding the World" by Jane SuttonRedner
Third: Leadership,"Hooked" by Eric Reed
Fourth: Worship Leader, "Pastoral Diary from Ground Zero" by Gordon MacDonald
Fifth: Books & Culture, "Violence and the Atonement" by Richard J. Mouw
Judge: Jim Dahlman, former magazine editor and currently associate professor at Milligan College in Tennessee
First: New Man, "Help! I'm Not Cool Anymore!" by Dave Meurer
Second: The Church Herald, "Are We There Yet?" by Thomas Fiet
Third: Marriage Partnership, "10 Things I Used to Hate about You" by Phil Callaway
Fourth: Biola Connections, "Feel Like You're Going Crazy?" by Karen Linamen
Fifth: The Standard, "Whassup?" by Joel Wright
Judge: Jamie Miller, a writer and freelance editor who has been published in the Washington Post and written for National Public Radio
First: Campus Life, "When It's Hard to Believe" by Chris Lutes
Second: Decision, "A Conversation with George Beverly Shea" by Jim Dailey
Third: Marriage Partnership, "Why Affairs Happen" by Cindy Crosby
Fourth: Light and Life, "Now This Is Love" by Cynthia Schnereger
Fifth: Charisma & Christian Life, "The Diva Is a Preacher" by Adrienne S. Gaines
Judge: Paul Fromer, formerly an editor with InterVarsity and at Christianity Today, a retired professor and past EPA president
First: Moody, "Embracing the Untouchable" by Catherine Elizabeth Fleming
Second: Books & Culture, "The Voice that Found Her" by Wendy Murray Zoba
Third: Christian History, "A Tale of Two Brothers" by Richard P Heitzenrater
Fourth: Contact, "Rescue the Perishing" by Willie C. Martin
Fifth: New Man, "Frank Peretti: The Stephen King of Christian fiction talks about his childhood nightmare" by Margaret Feinberg
Judge: Bob Welch, columnist at the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, former adjunct journalism professor, author of six books, and winner of the 1999 Gold Medallion Award
First: Priscilla Papers, "Who Was She?" by Patricia Donohue â Carey
Second: Sojourners,"Possible Answers to Prayer" by Scott Cairns
Third: Mennonite Brethren Herald, "Nadine" by Darlene Klassen
Fourth: Journal of Christian Nursing "The More than Ten Commandments" by Mary-Kate Heffern
Fifth: Cluhhouse Jr., "Simon's Slipper Scheme" by Suzanne Arguello
Judge: Jill Baumgaertner, poetry editor of The Christian Century
First: Christianity Today, "Come and Receive Your Miracle" by Corrie Cutrer and Obed Minchakpu
Second: Charisma & Christian Life, "Welcome to Mardi Gras Madness" by Andy Butcher
Third: World Vision Today, "Hurricane Mitch: 1,000 Days After -- Nicaragua" by Kari Costanza
Fourth: Pentecostal Evangel, "America Assaulted, God Exalted" by John W Kennedy, John Cockroft, and Peter K. Johnson
Fifth: Campus Life, "On the Front Lines" by Mark Moring
Judge: Duane Stoltzfus, assistant professor of journalism at Goshen College in Indiana and former editor at The New York Times
First: Christianity Today, special technology issue by various authors; David Neff, editor
Second: Enrichment,"Ministry in the Smaller Congregation" by various authors; Gary Allen, editor
Third: Leadership,"The Prayer-Driven Church" by Ginger Kolbaba, Marshall Shelley, Eric Reed, Drew Zahn, Adam Hamilton, Daniel Henderson, Wayne Jacobsen, Dave Wiersbe, Kathy Callahan-Howell, James Meeks, and Charles Lyons; Marshall Shelley, editor
Fourth: Word Alive, "It's About Time: Integrating literacy and translation into rebuilding the ancient land of Cambodia," by Dave and Deborah Crough; Dwayne Janke and Dave Crough, editors
Fifth: Discipleship Journal, "How to Influence Your World" by Dick Staub, Tremper Longman III, Walt Mueller, Mark Galli, Tim Muehlhoff, David Daniels, and Glenn Paauw; Sue Mine, editor
Judge: Terry White, founder, Minnesota Christian Chronicle and the Christian Communicator, and former vice president of communications, Prison Fellowship Ministries
First: Sojourners,"Microwave" by David Batstone
Second: The Church Herald, "Cross Section" by Phyllis Palsma
Third: World Vision Today, "From the President" by Richard E. Steams
Fourth: Minnesota Christian Chronicle, "Editor's Note" by Doug Trouten
Fifth: Inside Journal, "Long-Distance Dads" by Randell Turner
Judge: Holly G. Miller, published author of 13 books and more than 2,000 articles, journalism professor, and editor for The Saturday Evening Post
First: Christian Reader, "Motherhood or Smotherhood" by Mary Chambers
Second: Enrichment, "How are you going to spend my dad's quarter?" by George Crenshaw
Third:Citizen, "Point/Counterpoint with Barbra Streisand" by Dave Clegg
Fourth: Clubhouse,"Johnny Grav and the Visioneer" by Mike Nappa, Dennis Jensen, and John Ott
Judge: Bruce Tinsley, creator of the "Mallard Fillmore" cartoon, syndicated in 400-plus newspapers
1-, 2-, 3-COLOR COVER
First: Christianity Today, "Possessed or Obsessed?" by Tina Riggs
Second: Pray!, "The Fragrance of Diversity: Four Cultures and Their Prayer Strengths" by Suzy Schultz and Bridget McNamara
Third: Plugged In, "MTV's Steady Descent" by Ron Nickel, Lawson Wood, and Jim Cail
Fourth: Current Thoughts & Trends, "Losers, Weepers: The Abortion Wars" by Pamela Poll
Fifth: Christian History, "The Wesleys" by Raymond C. Whitlock III
Judge: Jim Langford, senior designer with Hallmark Cards
First: Pentecostal Evangel, "Beyond Santa Claus" by David Merrell
Second: Christian History, "How We Got Our History" by Raymond C. Whitlock III
Third: Decision, Billy Graham, close-up and informal by Russ Busby
Fourth: Breakaway, "School Prayer" by Ron Nickel and Jerry Price
Fifth: Go! "On Mission on Campus" by Charles Ledford and Aaron Cessna
Judge: Jim Langford
1-, 2-, 3-COLOR ORIGINAL ART
First: Books & Culture, "The Last Medieval Man --Thomas More" by Klaus Ernst
Second: Plugged In, "Talking Back to TV" by Brad Walker
Third: Leadership, "Our Pastor's Family" by Mary Chambers
Fourth: Mennonite Brethren Herald, "Mental Health: I" by Mark Neufeld
Fifth: Jubilee, "I was in prison and you came to visit me" by Data Schminke
Judge: Max Greiner, Jr., Texas-based artist, painter, and sculptor
FULL-COLOR ORIGINAL ART
First: Light and Life, "A Heart for the Lost" by Suzy Schultz
Second: Christian Home & School, caricature of Laura Schlessinger by Rich Bishop
Third:Physician, "Mother and Child Embracing" by Ron Mazellan
Fourth: Involved, faces of man and woman by Kathy McBride
Fifth: The Voice of the Martyrs, "Western Christian washing the feet of a persecuted Christian in prison" by Ron DiCianni
Judge: Max Greiner, Jr.
First: Worldwide Challenge, "Around the World in 50 Years" by Guy Gerrard, Tom Mills, Pasquale R. Mingarelli, and Greg Schneider, photographers; Journey Communications, designer
Second: Sojourners, "Going Forth from Egypt" by Lloyd Wolf, creator
Third:World Vision Today, "Feeding the World" by Jon Warren, photographer; Journey Communications, designer
Fourth: Christianity Today, "Jesus Wept" by Adam Buchanan, photographer; Gary Gnidovic, design director
Fifth: Breakaway, "Winter Extreme" by Jerry Price, art director
Judge: Mark Reis, award-winning photographer, Colorado Springs Gazette
First: World Vision Today, "Hurricane Mitch: 1,000 Days After" by Jon Warren
Second: Word Alive, monks in Cambodia by Dave Crough
Third: Breakaway, "Catching a Wave" by Gaylon Wampler
Fourth: Worldwide Challenge, Spain cover by Guy Gerrard
Judge: Jerilee Bennett, award-winning photographer, Colorado Springs Gazette
SINGLE PHOTO/CONTROLLED SETTING
First: Clubhouse, "Preacher Boy" by Gaylon Wampler
Second: Breakaway, "Ryan W Smith" by Allen Clark
Third: Beacon, migrant worker and daughter by Tamara Reynolds
Fourth: Kindred Spirit, "On Hold" by David Edmonson
Fifth: World Vision Today, "Feeding the World" by Jon Warren
Judge: Richard Shock, Denver-based corporate photographer whose clients range from Tyson Foods to Gates Rubber and from AT&T to General Motors
First: Go! Aaron Cessna
Second: Worldwide Challenge, Journey Communications
Third: Christian Research Journal, Dwayne Cogdill / Cognition Design
Fourth: Facts for Faith, Jonathan Price
Fifth: Discipleship Journal, Anne Elhajoui, Bridget McNamara, Lisa Palmgren, and Marcena Shultz
Judge: William Korbus, former television art director and retired visual design professor at the University of Texas
First: Facts for Faith, Key Payton, Sherry Russell, and Jonathan Price
Second: Sojourners, Ed Spivey, Jr.
Third: Holiness Today, Ted Ferguson
Fourth: Word Alive, Roy Eyre
Fifth: Citizen, Sherri Newill
Judge: William Korbus
Your Awards Committee
The EPA awards presentation is made possible by the work of a volunteer committee. Members of the Colorado Springs-based committee-- in its third of four years -- included: Natalee Roth and Andrew Kercher of Christian Camp & Conference Journal; Chuck Johnson, Susan Graham, Tom Neven, Andrea Jewell, Annette Bourland, and Kathleen Gray Ziegler of Focus on the Family; Beryl Glass of the Christian & Missionary Alliance; Dean Ridings and Steve Learned of The Navigators; Sue Kline, Anne Meskey Elhajoui, Lisa Palmgren, and Bridget McNamara of NavPress; and Tina Clark of Clark Communications.