Palms, White, Trouten Named to Inaugural Legacy Council

The EPA Board of Directors has named the first members of the new Legacy Council established last April at the annual business meeting.

Past Presidents Roger Palms, Terry White and Doug Trouten will comprise the council, which will act in an advisory and mentoring role to the board and staff.

Roger Palms, Terry White and Doug Trouten

Palms, former editor of Decision magazine from 1976 to 1998, was President of EPA from 1991 to 1993 and served in other board roles prior to that. In 2004 he received the Joseph Bayly Lifetime Achievement Award from EPA for his distinguished service to EPA and the field of journalism.

Though retired and living in Florida, Palms continues to write and to teach writers around the world, most recently in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He is the author of 16 books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles.

White’s storied career in Christian journalism began in 1968 when he attended his first EPA convention in Minneapolis. He has attended all but five conventions since then, likely making him the most recognizable person within EPA. He has served EPA in multiple capacities such as convention chair, scholarship committee, ethics committee, awards committee, contest judge and other areas. He served as President from 1999 to 2001.

Publications that he has been part of over the years include The Standard (Baptist General Conference), Brethren Missionary Herald Magazine, FGBC World, Inside Journal, Twin Cities Christian, Minnesota Christian Chronicle, The Christian Communicator, Christian Management Report, Christian BusinessLife Digest, and Potomac Falls Together.

In 2002, White received the Joseph Bayly Lifetime Achievement Award from EPA for his distinguished service to EPA and the field of journalism.

With a Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, White currently teaches journalism at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. As the author of the centennial history of the town of Winona Lake, he serves as the unofficial town historian, volunteering as a docent in the Winona History Center and Billy Sunday Museum.

Trouten, who earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, served EPA over a 30-year span in a wide variety of roles that included scholarship committee, awards committee, four convention committees and various board positions.

His stint as President, beginning in 2001, was cut short when he was appointed by the Board to be the Executive Director in 2002, a position he held until 2013. Trouten attended 29 consecutive EPA conventions from 1985 through 2013.

He is the former editor of the Minnesota Christian Chronicle, former director of the EP News Service, and founder of the Christian Newspaper Association. His writing has appeared in dozens of EPA publications.

Trouten currently is professor of mass communications and adviser to the student newspaper, the Northwestern Examiner, at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

The Legacy Council is made up of select Past Presidents with members serving three-year terms.

Posted Oct. 7, 2015