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Banner Garners Church Press Awards


The Banner was honored by both the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and the Associated Church Press (ACP) for work published in 2016. The ACP is the oldest church press association, and the EPA is the largest association for the evangelical publishing industry.

Awards from the ACP included the following:

Best in Class Award of Merit

Denominational Magazine, National; Shiao Chong, editor

Awards of Excellence

“I Never Had a Chance to Say Goodbye,” Robert Koornneef (1st Person Account)
“Our Lady Too,” Leonard J. Vander Zee (Theological: Seasonal Article)

Awards of Merit

“Synod 2016,” Gayla R. Postma (In-Depth Coverage by Magazine)
“Our Lady Too,” Leonard J. Vander Zee (Devotional/Inspirational)

Honorable Mentions:

“Seeing Christmas with New Eyes,” Shiao Chong (Editorial)
“Then and Now: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in the CRC,” Janet A. Greidanus (News Story)
“Nothing Is Wasted,” Debra Rienstra (Devotional/Inspirational)

Awards from the EPA

Fourth Place

“Slowing Up,” Joe Veltman (Poetry)
“Why I Want You to Invite Me Out for Coffee, Hannah Biggs (Student Writer of the Year)

Fifth Place

Shiao Chong (Standing Column: Editorial)

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