CONTACT: JANNI FIRESTONE
Wheaton, IL (August 15, 2013)—Allan Fisher, Crossway’s Senior Vice President and Publisher for Books, retired in July, after serving as Crossway’s book publisher over the last eight years. Before joining Crossway, Fisher began his publishing career nearly forty years ago at Baker Publishing Group, where he served as Director of Publications, later holding the same position for five years at P&R Publishing.
As Crossway president Dr. Lane Dennis noted, “We are deeply grateful to Allan Fisher for the enormous contribution he has made to the Crossway publishing program—but much more than this, to all of Christian publishing throughout his distinguished career as an editor and publisher. Allan has overseen publication of well over a thousand books during his career—books that have had an immeasurable impact for the sake of the gospel and edification of the church.”
As of August 15, Crossway is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Taylor to the position of Senior Vice President and Publisher for Books, held previously by Allan Fisher. Justin came to Crossway in 2006, serving most recently as Vice President for Book Publishing. Before coming to Crossway, Justin served as the Director of Theological and Educational Development at Desiring God. He received his Master of Arts degree in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he is currently working on a PhD at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Justin has co-edited numerous books and is well known through his daily blog, “Between Two Worlds,” which is widely recognized as one of the most influential Christian blogs.
“It is my delight,” Lane Dennis said, “to welcome Justin in his new role as Crossway’s Publisher for Books. Justin has already made a tremendous contribution to our publishing program, and he is highly qualified both theologically and personally to carry forward the Crossway mission and ministry in this new position.”
“I am honored beyond words to accept the position of Crossway’s Publisher for Books,” Justin Taylor noted. “Allan Fisher has made an indelible mark on Christian publishing, and it has been a great privilege to be mentored by him in preparation for this role. By God’s grace, under the leadership of Dr. Lane Dennis and the Crossway board, our desire is that Crossway would continue to be a pacesetter for faithful gospel-centered publishing for generations to come.”
Similarly, Allan Fisher notes, “Having worked with Justin for more than five years, I could not be happier about his becoming Crossway’s next Publisher for Books. Though attaining this position at a relatively young age, he has clearly demonstrated his readiness for the position. Bringing together a devotion to Christ, keen theological insight, and personal warmth, Justin will make a lasting contribution in the world of Christian publishing.”
While Allan Fisher will be retiring from his current position, he will continue to work part-time at Crossway in the area of Bible publishing rights and will be advising Crossway on specific key projects. He also plans to spend additional time working on personal research and writing projects, as well as doing more traveling and especially spending time with his wife, son, and grandchildren.
Crossway is an internationally recognized not-for-profit publisher of Christian books, the ESV Bible (English Standard Version), and gospel literature. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Crossway was founded in 1938 and is committed to publishing biblically sound, gospel-centered content that applies the truth of God’s Word to all of life. Today, its publishing ministry continues to serve the church worldwide through the distribution of millions of Bibles, books, and tracts in over 70 languages, in print and digital formats. Headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois, Crossway provides the ESV Bible text and other resources online for free through ESVBible.org and in a variety of digital technologies. To learn more, visit www.crossway.org.