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Crossway appoints New Chief Publishing Officer
and Bible Publisher

WHEATON, Ill.—Crossway is pleased to announce that Executive Vice President of Production Don Jones has been promoted to the position of Crossway’s Chief Publishing Officer and Bible Publisher as of August 14, 2020, replacing Dr. Dane Ortlund, who recently left Crossway to pursue a call to vocational pastoral ministry.

Reflecting on Ortlund’s significant contributions to Crossway’s ministry since his hiring in 2010, Crossway President Josh Dennis notes, “It’s been a joy to work alongside Dane over these last ten years and we thank God for his significant contributions to Crossway’s Bible publishing ministry. While we will miss him dearly, we are also very excited for him to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a third-generation pastor—a calling that aligns with Crossway’s core mission ‘to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.’” Dennis continued, “God has gifted Dane as a preacher and also as a writer. We are grateful for our partnership with him as a Crossway author and look forward to his preaching ministry in the future.”

Ortlund is the author of Edwards on the Christian Life (2014) and most recently Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (2020)—a volume well-known pastor and author Mark Dever has called “one of the best books I’ve ever read.” Ortlund also serves as editor for Crossway’s Knowing the Bible series and Short Studies in Biblical Theology series.

Don Jones, who joined Crossway in 2007 as a Bible Project Manager, was the ministry’s first exclusively Bible-focused hire and has played an instrumental role in establishing Crossway as a leader in Bible publishing. Under his leadership, Crossway’s Bible production team conceptualized, developed, and produced a host of innovative Bible editions, including the ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set (2016); the ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition (2017); and the best-selling ESV Scripture Journals (2018), and helped to oversee production for many other ESV Bible resources, including the award-winning ESV Study Bible (2008).

In his new role as Chief Publishing Officer, Jones—who holds a BA in Business Management from Hope College and an MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary—will oversee all aspects of Crossway’s publishing activities, including acquisitions, editorial, production, and manufacturing.

“God has prepared and equipped Don for his new role as Chief Publishing Officer and Bible Publisher,” comments Josh Dennis. “His background in production and manufacturing, along with his godly discernment with regard to content, will allow him to bring all facets of our publishing efforts together and enable him to provide leadership to our entire publishing division.” Dr. Justin Taylor will continue to serve as Executive Vice President of Book Publishing and Book Publisher, working closely with Jones in his new role.

Crossway is also pleased to announce plans to welcome Dr. Doug O’Donnell as Senior Vice President of Bible Publishing. A published author who currently serves as Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin, Illinois, O’Donnell brings years of ministry experience as well as a wealth of biblical and theological training to his new role overseeing the editorial process for all ESV Bibles published by Crossway.

“We are thrilled to have Doug join the Crossway team,” Dennis notes. “He has been a friend of Crossway for years and has worked closely with us on a number of Bible resources.”

O’Donnell holds a BA and MA from Wheaton College, an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen.

Dennis concludes, “As we seek to transmit the treasure of the gospel to the next generation, we have been encouraged by God’s provision and leading, and seek to remain faithful to our calling to gospel-centered publishing.”

Contact: Lauren Susanto,