Meet the ec team!

ec is more than a magazine—at least for the ec team!

We like to think of ec as our opportunity to speak God’s truth, love, and hope into the lives of teens just like you. We know that this magazine isn’t about us, it’s more about encouraging and equipping students like you to live lives that honor God and change the world. We plan to do that by providing daily devotions that challenge you to think about, struggle with, and apply God’s Word to part of your life, discussing relevant issues you’re facing and how to live according to God’s standard in the middle of those situations, and highlighting practical ideas for ways you can get involved in changing this world for the glory of God.

And we’re going to have a lot of fun along the way!

Meet the team:

Mike Wakefield is ec’s editorial team leader. Mike is a preacher’s kid who grew up in lots of different places, including stops in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri. He is a graduate of Union University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike and his wife, Tricia, have two incredible kids, Hannah, who recently graduated from Union University, and Joshua, who is will start college this fall. Mike loves sports, especially baseball! He, like Mandy, is a huge Cardinals fan, and he loves coaching his son’s team.

Mandy Crow is ec’s content editor. A native of Missouri, Mandy is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan. She moved to Nashville in 2001 (a childhood dream) and is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School. She loves singing, blogging, hanging out with friends and family, and seeing as many concerts and songwriters’ rounds as possible. She’s also trying to read 30 books (fiction and nonfiction) this year. (It’s not going well. . . )

Jennifer Hooks is ec‘s production editor. Jennifer grew up in Florida and graduated from Mississippi College in 2010. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Jennifer is a swimmer and summer is her favorite time of year. She’s a fan of the Florida Gators and also enjoys reading and baking. Jennifer loves animals and her all-time favorite movie is The Italian Job.




Amy Lyon is ec‘s graphic designer. An Ohio native, Amy moved to the Nashville area to attend O’More College of Design where she received her degree in Visual Communications. She and her husband were married on the beach, so she likes to go back whenever possible. She’s an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan, which is a challenge in SEC country. She also watches way too many TV shows.


  1. Lekan says:

    Hello Jen Showalte,
    I am a graphic design student, I love your layouts and designs. Keep up the good job.

    • ecartist says:

      Lekan! I am just now seeing this! Thank you so much for your comment & I wish you all the best! Jen

  2. says:

    My student’s love using the EC for their quiet times. Thank you! Keep making a stand. Don’t compromise. I am so thankful that teenagers have access to the EC. I hope that more students continue to discover this treasure. I wish I would have had access to EC’s while in Junior High or Senior High.
    Much love in Christ,
    Brett Frazier
    Student Pastor, FBC Batesville

  3. Mandy Crow says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Brett!

  4. says:

    The blog looks awesome you guys! Absolutely love it.

  5. sydnie says:

    my mom grew up in indiana! just like Mike Wakefield! it is a small world after all!

  6. sydnie says:

    why don’t i get follow up comments?

  7. sydnie says:

    i would like to do ec’s fiction contest…… i just need an idea.

  8. ecartist says:

    Hi Sydnie,
    We’re so glad to hear you’re interested in our fiction contest! Ideas are the hardest part of any project, aren’t they? Just in case you’re looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing, here are some suggestions to help you. You don’t have to do it this way. It’s just one way your “process” might go.

    1. Review the contest information under “what we want.”

    2. Look over the prompts we’ve given you, and choose one that you like. Write it on a note card and carry it around with you for a day or two. Think about it, but not too much. Try to imagine something about your characters: what do they look and sound like?

    3. Find someplace quiet to sit down with a notebook and write out 25 ways your story could go. Yes, 25! This is your time to get really inventive. “Sydnie liked pickles and wanted to someday to walk on the moon in high heels.” “Aaron was a rock and roll star who left it all for a new puppy named George.”

    4. Now, be a ruthless editor and hone down your ideas to a top 5 that can actually work. Think about them for a day or two, and one will probably bubble up to the top of your brain more than the others.

    5. Start writing! Try to remember the things you imagined your character doing. Write till you’re finished. And when you’re finished, put it away from you for a day, then come back and try to read it as your audience (instead of as the writer). Change anything you feel isn’t clear or could be worded better.

    Then, make sure your story is the right length, and don’t forget to run spell-check. And turn it in to us by the deadline! :)

    Here’s to great stories!

  9. Heather Marie Anderson says:

    Hey Jen u do an awesome job on the graphics for ec

  10. says:

    Hey is there anyway I can talk to someone who works here?

  11. sydnie says:

    I know that praying is a powerful tool to help change the world, but I fell like I should be doing something else to get the gospel out. I asked my mom about setting up a blog, but she said no. So now I’m trying to come up with another idea. Got any? I’d like to hear from anybody.

    • Melissa Seibert says:

      What about collecting used Bibles to give to teens who have never heard the Gospel or to the homeless people?

      • Mandy Crow says:

        Melissa is right. There’s always something you can do, even if it seems like a little thing. Because you know the gospel and are living in its power, it changes how you treat people. Think of the small ways you can serve people in your community and always be prepared to tell them why when they ask why you do the things you do. You could visit at a local nursing home, pray for and/or collect supplies for a missionary or ministry, pass along used Bibles or old copies of ec or other Christian magazines to friends and other teens, and so on. It doesn’t have to be big and splashy, but if Jesus is the focus, it will make a difference!

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