Magazine based out of Hillsboro receives three awards

Christian Leader editors Connie Faber (left) and Janae Rempel attended the Evangelical Press Association Christian Media Conference in Lancaster, Penn., April 12-14. Faber and Rempel toured the Mennonite Central Committee Resource Center in nearby Ephrata as part of the conference. They toured the facility and helped with packing various MCC relief kits and are pictured by a Fordson tractor and Oliver plow that are on display at the Resource Center. In 1922 MCC sent 50 Fordson tractors and 2-bottom Oliver Plows to Ukraine to assist in famine relief. That shipment was the first inter-Mennonite relief effort that led to the formation of MCC.

The Christian Leader, a Mennonite magazine based out of Hillsboro, recently won three awards in the 2023 Evangelical Press Association’s Christian journalism competition for work published in 2022. According to an article in the Christian Leader, the awards were announced during the 2023 EPA Christian media convention held April 12-14 in Lancaster, Penn. Christian Leader editor Connie Faber and associate editor Janae Rempel attended the convention.

The magazine received an Award of Merit in the Most Improved category in the Awards of Excellence contest. According to the article, the Most Improved award goes to print publications that have made

significant content and/or design changes in the past year. The Christian Leader submitted the 2021 Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec issues and the corresponding issues from 2022. The 2022 entries reflect the

magazine’s most recent redesign.

The magazine was praised by the judge who said, “The focus of the publication changed from a more traditional magazine format and content to much more news and smaller blocks of copy. The content seems to be closer to the publication’s mission statement with the new emphasis on content. You are to be congratulated for the many improved changes. Blessings!”

Editor Connie Faber said, “This Award of Merit also recognizes the overall quality of the Christian Leader, but in the Most Improved competition we are judged against all EPA publications, regardless

of circulation or type of publication. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is a small denomination and our magazine has a small staff, with both CL editors living and working in Hillsboro as does our designer Shelley Plett. These awards are a good reminder that size doesn’t always indicate quality.”

The Christian Leader also received two awards in the Higher Goals competition that honors individual

original aspects of a publication, such as writing, photography, design and special features according to the article.

The magazine received fourth place in Higher Goals: Standing Column for Frontlines, a column written by USMB pastoral staff members. Submitted entries were written by Stuart Curry (“Detail oriented,” Sept/Oct 2022) and Jeremy Jordan (“Untraditional,” Nov/Dec 2022).

Stuart Curry is pastor at Salem MB Church in Bridgewater, S.D. Jeremy Jordan is lead pastor at Cross Timbers Church, Edmond, OK.

Wendell Loewen, Hillsboro, received fifth place in Higher Goals: Biblical Exposition for “The Road to Reconciliation” published in the Nov/Dec 2022 issue.

Loewen is professor of youth, church and culture at Tabor College, where he is also special assistant to the president for constituent engagement.

Faber says, “Jeremy, Stuart and Wendell are three of the many pastors, college professors and professional men and women who contribute thoughtful and encouraging articles and essays to the CL. They are very deserving of these awards, and I congratulate them for this recognition.”

More from Laura Fowler Paulus
Family saved as house burns in Hillsboro
A fire destroyed this house on S. Washington in Hillsboro on Tuesday,...
Read More