EPA Board Undergoes Major Changes


The EPA Board of Directors experienced significant, though routine, changes at the recent election held during the annual business meeting at the Chicago convention on April 11.

Leaving the board was president Mark Winz, whose four-year term—two as president-elect and two as president—ended. Moving from president-elect to board president was Eric Thomsen, managing editor of ONE Magazine, a denominational magazine for the National Association of Free Will Baptists.

Carol Pipes, who was serving as secretary of the board, was elected president-elect. She will follow Eric as president in two years. Carol is editor of Facts & Trends and was recently promoted to Director of Corporate Communications for LifeWay Christian Resources.

Christianity Today’s creative director Alecia Sharp was elected to fulfill the last year of Carol’s three-year term as secretary.

Other newcomers included Rick Knoth, managing editor for Influence, published by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, and Marquita Smith, associate professor of communication and Threefold Advocate adviser at John Brown University. Rick was elected treasurer to take over the role filled by Dwight Widaman. Marquita replaced board advisor Ted Olsen. Both Dwight and Ted completed two terms and six years on the board.

The only board position that remained constant was the second advisor position currently held by Sarah Kropp Brown, editor of NAE’s Evangelicals magazine. Sarah has one year remaining in her three-year term.

“This is an exciting time to serve on the EPA Board,” said Board President Eric Thomsen. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff and previous board members, the organization is enjoying a noticeable resurgence. I anticipate continued growth throughout this transition as new board members use their unique talents and abilities to promote EPA.”