Summer Writing Contest 2021 Winners

Beacon Lights is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Summer Writing Contest. The staff and judges were thrilled with the number of applicants and quality of the writing we received. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the authors of winning essays! We look forward to publishing some of these excellent pieces in the coming year.


Grades 7-9: Ministers of the Word

  1. A Vessel unto Honor (George Martin Ophoff): Emma Bosveld
  2. Ministering to the Nations (Rev Rodney Miersma): Kara DeJong
  3. Rev Michael DeVries: Anna DeVries
  4. Cornelius Hanko: Hailey Mingerink
  5. David Engelsma: Luke Drnek
  • Honorable mention(s): God’s Humble Warrior: Jake Mingerink // Rev Jason Kortering: Landon Kamps


Grades 10-12: A Most Elegant Book

  1. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Leah Mowery
  2. God’s Creation of the Body: Tyler Block
  3. End Times Revealed Through Birds: Abigail Schimmel
  4. God’s Elect Lights: Sam Feenstra
  5. The Mountains and Rock Formations: Zachary Hollema
  • Honorable mention: The Sun: Braylon Mingerink


Post-high, age 18-22: Cults and Other Religions

  1. Mormonism: The Book of Moses: Luke Potjer
  2. Apollo Quiboloy: Appointed Son of God: Rebekah Buiter
  3. The Terror of Doubt and an Uncertain Future: The Theological Errors of Islam: Alison VanBaren
  4. Atheism: Shawna Hoksbergen
  5. The Heaven’s Gate Cult: Josie Postma
  • Honorable mention: The Arminian Error: Braden Lubbers


Post-high, age 23+: Nations, Tribes, and Tongues

  1. A History of Christianity in South Africa: Bruce Feenstra
  2. Australia: Brianna Brands
  3. A Reformed Presence on Guam: Skip Hunter
  4. God’s Church in Egypt: Lorraine Smit
  5. History of the Church in the Philippines and Call to World Mission: Julian Kennedy
  • Honorable mention: The Spread of Christianity in Guatemala: Kristin Crossett

Originally published Vol 80 No 11, November 2021