Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue ECPA marks 40 years, names new board chairman
ECPA marks 40 years, names new board chairman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:47 AM EDT

ECPA-40-webECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) celebrated its 40th anniversary at the ECPA Leadership Summit, held April 28-30. More than 135 publishing leaders were on hand at the Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., to join in the celebration.

ECPA gathered industry alumni and Christian publishers for an anniversary reception and awards banquet emceed by New York Times best-selling author and Christian Writers Guild owner Jerry Jenkins. Along with the announcement of various milestones, the banquet featured industry awards, the Christian Book Award winners and the naming of Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy (Crossway) as 2014 Christian Book of the Year.

The Leadership Summit opened the day after the banquet with sessions on topics including new consumer and sales data, trends in author engagement, the future of the Christian retail channel, and faith and culture issues.

In addition, four board members were voted onto the board at the ECPA annual member meeting. Second-term candidates were Dwight Baker, president of Baker Publishing Group, who will serve as ECPA chair; and Bob Fryling, publisher of InterVarsity Press, who will serve as board secretary. Byron Williamson, CEO and publisher of Worthy Publishing Group; and Joe Wikert, director of strategy at Olive Software, will join the board as first-term candidates.

Remaining on the ECPA board are Vice Chair Dave Moberg, senior vice president at HarperCollins Christian Publishing; Treasurer Jerry Kregel, vice president and chief financial officer of Kregel Publications; Member at Large Jeff Wright, CEO of Urban Ministries International; Stephen Cobb, president of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group; Tammy Gaines, vice president at Abingdon Press; Jeff Johnson, COO at Tyndale House Publishers; Cory Verner, president and publisher of eChristian; and Selma Wilson, president of B&H Publishing Group.

Cris Doornbos, president and CEO of David C Cook, is outgoing board chair and Gretchen Goldsmith, co-founder, president and CEO of Rose Publishing and Aspire Press, is outgoing vice chair.

ECPA's next Leadership Summit is scheduled for May 4-6, 2015, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

 

In this current issue:

LifeWay finds buyer for downtown Nashville campus

News image

Uptown Nashville LLC has come under contract with LifeWay Christian...

READ MORE

Voting deadline nears for Charisma's Best Awards

News image

Time is winding down on the voting period for Christian...

READ MORE

LifeWay pulls ‘Heaven visitation’ books from shelves

News image

Adhering to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the...

READ MORE

Organizations partner to ‘Ignite’ church resource marketing program

News image

Send The Light Distribution, a leading distributor of products serving...

READ MORE

David C Cook author succumbs to breast cancer at 38

News image

Less than a week after her book The Hardest Peace...

READ MORE

Loyal customer sparks re-opening of Virginia Christian bookstore

News image

The closing of Rainbow Parable Christian Bookstore in Colonial Heights,...

READ MORE

IVP author wins Templeton Prize

News image

IVP author Jean Vanier has been awarded the Templeton Prize,...

READ MORE

ICRS to offer digital publishing training

News image

This summer’s International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida, will...

READ MORE

NRF survey pinpoints consumer targets this Easter

News image

Hoping the temperatures will meld with their desire to celebrate,...

READ MORE

Long-time Abingdon Press author Lyle Schaller dies at 91

News image

Lyle Schaller, who wrote 55 faith-based books for Abingdon Press...

READ MORE

International company serves growing faith market

News image

With offices in the United States, Brazil, Sri Lanka and...

READ MORE

Family Christian Stores withdraws bankruptcy motion

News image

In a somewhat surprising move, Family Christian Stores, the nation’s...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a