About Us

Alive Now is a thematic, bi-monthly magazine that seeks to nourish people who are hungry for a sacred way of living. This four-color, 48-page publication of The Upper Room speaks to the opportunities and challenges of following Christ in the modern world. Scripture and prayer are two foundational cornerstones of content. We accept freelance theme-based writing that is submitted either by mail or electronically and strive to represent the widest possible diversity (theological, geographical, denominational, racial, cultural) among our writers.


Beth A. Richardson is the editor of Alive Now. She has been a part of The Upper Room’s publishing ministry for 25 years, serving both at Alive Now and in web ministry. Beth is a photographer, writer, and has the honor of sharing life with Jack, a very wise Scottish Terrier.

Beth is a clergy member of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is the author of two Advent books — Child of the Light and The Uncluttered Heart. Follow her here and at betharichardson.org.

ManskardogscroppedGina Manskar has been part of the work of Upper Room Ministries in several capacities before joining the Alive Now staff. She is experienced in office administration and support.

Most recently, Gina used her organizing know-how to coach others in decluttering their lives as a personal organizer. A native of Minnesota, she has lived in Nashville for ten years with her husband, Steve, and teen-aged son, Noah.


Nancy Terzian is our art director and graphic designer. She has designed several book covers and interiors for Upper Room Books as well as other clients via her Nashville-based design studio, Buckinghorse Design. Before starting her own business 9 years ago, Nancy was the art director and designer for several magazines in the San Francisco Bay area includingYoga JournalElectronic Musician, and Frisko. Nancy is a singer/songwriter, nature-lover, runner and yoga enthusiast. To see some of Nancy’s other design work, visit BuckinghorseDesign.com and facebook.com/BuckinghorseDesign.

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