About Us

Alive Now is a thematic, bimonthly 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 more than twenty-five 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 sixteen years with her husband, Steve. Their son, Noah is a college senior.


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.

GaedeBeth Ann Gaede has been a book editor for religious publishers for nearly twenty-five years. She is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and served two parishes for eight years before she entered the publishing world. Beth spent six years with the ELCA’s publisher, Augsburg Fortress, and during her eighteen years as book acquisitions editor for the Alban Institute, she edited over 150 books the organization published.

Beth lives with her husband in Hudson, Wisconsin, just east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, home to many of their family members and friends.

Autumn Dennis is one of our editorial staff members. Native to Nashville, Autumn is a Master of Divinity student at Vanderbilt Divinity School and a graduate of Martin Methodist College. Autumn has been active with homeless outreach, death penalty abolition, activism, and is seeking ordination to become a street chaplain. Read Autumn’s blog here.

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