Two in a Row: Companion ‘Best Denominational Magazine’

CHICAGO, IL (April 13, 2017) –The Covenant Companion was named the best denominational magazine at the annual Evangelical Press Association convention for the second year in a row. The Companion also won first place in the feature article category for Bob Smietana’s article “When Ministers Moonlight.”

Second place recognition in editorial went to Covenant Companion Online for Stan Friedman’s article “The Awful Command to Love our Enemies.”

In total, the magazine and Covenant Companion Online earned 10 awards. EPA consists of more than 300 members: periodicals, organizations and individual members, with a combined circulation of 15 million readers. Awards are given in more than 60 categories.

Ed Gilbreath, executive director for Covenant Communications, said, “It’s definitely humbling and affirming of our efforts to be selected as a top denominational magazine for the second year in a row. It says a lot about the hard work of the Communications team, as well as the amazing Covenanters whose stories we share in every issue of the Companion. What’s equally encouraging is the privilege we have at EPA to gather together with our peers from other denominations and ministries, to learn from each other and cheer each other on.”

Other Awards:

Interview: Ron Elving and Ed Gilbreath, Companion, second place for “Politically Speaking

Student Writer of the Year: Hannah Hawkinson, Companion, second place for “Millennial Mavericks

First-Person Article: Geila Rajaee, Companion, fourth place for “My Iranian Awakening

Humorous: Dana Bowman, Companion Online, fourth place for “Well Done, Good and Faithful Frequent Flyer

Critical Review: Mandi Cherico and Velda Love, Companion, fourth place for “Beyoncé and the Theology of Lemonade

Two-Page Spread: Steve R. Luce, Companion, fifth place for “Beyond BFFs

Devotional: Mike Coglan, Companion, fifth place for “Second City Sabbatical


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  1. Congratulations to an outstanding team! It is heart-warming to see others recognize and celebrate the excellence that we as Covenanters are privileged to enjoy throughout the year. Good work everyone!

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