Mark Kuyper, President and CEO, ECPA
480-966-3998 ext. 210,

04/16/2010, Phoenix, AZ — The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) will honor Charles Colson – widely known author, speaker, radio commentator — with the 2010 Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award, at the ECPA Awards Banquet held on opening night of the industry’s Executive Leadership Summit, May 3 in Nashville.

“ECPA is pleased to honor Charles Colson’s continuing legacy to impact lives and culture for Christ through the nearly 100 books he has authored and contributed to. He is considered to be one of the most prolific and relevant Christian authors of our time and we are very pleased to bestow upon him the 2010 Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award,” states ECPA President/CEO Mark Kuyper. Nine of Colson’s books have won ECPA Gold Medallion Book Awards (now known as the Christian Book Awards). In 1993, his book The Body was presented with the ECPA Christian Book of the Year.

A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, Colson’s many books, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live? The Good Life and The Faith—have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects. His radio broadcast BreakPoint airs daily to two million listeners. In 1993, Colson was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion; the one million dollar prize—along with all speaking fees and book royalties—are donated to Prison Fellowship. In 2008, President Bush conferred on him the second highest civilian award of the U.S. government, the Presidential Citizen Medal for his humanitarian work with Prison Fellowship. He is a graduate of Brown University and George Washington Law School, receiving his juris doctor with honors. He served in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.

Gold Medallion Award Winners authored by Colson:

  • 2004 Being the Body, Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn, W Publishing Group
  • 2000 How Now Shall We Live? Charles Colson with Nancy Pearcey, Tyndale House Publishers
  • 1994 A Dance With Deception, Charles Colson, Word, Inc.
  • 1993 The Body, Charles Colson with Ellen Santilli Vaughn, Word, Inc. (also awarded the 1993 Christian Book of the Year)
  • 1992 Why America Doesn’t Work, Charles Colson and Jack Eckerd, Word
  • 1990 Against The Night, Charles Colson, Vine Books/Servant Publications
  • 1988 Kingdoms In Conflict, Charles W. Colson, Zondervan
  • 1984 Loving God, Charles Colson, Zondervan
  • 1981 Life Sentence, Charles Colson, Chosen Books

The prestigious Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by ECPA to an individual for their exceptional contributions to the Christian publishing industry and is named in honor of Charles “Kip” Jordon (1945-1997), beloved Christian publishing veteran of more than 25 years, and former publisher of Word Publishing. Former recipients of the award are:

2008 – Dr. John M. Perkins
2007 – Dr. R.C. Sproul
2006 – Robert K. DeVries
2005 – Barbara Johnson
2004 – Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie
2003 – Joni Eareckson Tada
2002 – Dr. Warren Wiersbe
2001 – E. Brandt Gustavson and Dr. William R. “Bill” Bright
2000 – Jarrell McCracken
1999 – Hugh Barbour
1998 – Sam Moore
1997 – Charles R. Swindoll
1996 – J.I. Packer and Leonard LeSourd
1995 – William T. Greig, II
1994 – Ernest E. Owen
1993 – Robert H. Hawkins
1992 – Mrs. Clyde H. (Muriel) Dennis
1991 – Dr. James C. Dobson
1990 – Billy Graham
1989 – Robert L. Kregel
1988 – Floyd Thatcher
1987 – Russell T. Hitt
1986 – Herman Baker, John T. Bass, and Richard C. Halverson
1985 – Peter Kladder Jr., Robert L. Mosier, and Cyrus N. Nelson
1984 – Carl F.H. Henry and Kenneth N. Taylor
1981 – Pat J. Zondervan


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