ECPA's Rush To PressDan Rich Announces Retirement After Forty Years in Publishing


Lisa Beech, Senior Publicity Manager

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David C Cook Chief Publishing Officer, Dan Rich, will retire from the publishing industry at the end of May 2015.


Rich has been at David C Cook for the past eight years and is considered one of the industry’s most successful and groundbreaking publishers. Prior to his work with David C Cook, Rich served as founding publisher at NavPress, president and founding publisher at WaterBrook Press, president and publisher at Questar (later Multnomah), senior vice president at Word Publishing, senior vice president of development and communications at the Navigators, and vice president at Thomas Nelson Publishers.


Rich is a pathfinder in Christian publishing. In addition to founding both NavPress and WaterBrook Press, he was a founding member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and the founding publisher of Discipleship Journal.


David C Cook CEO, Cris Doornbos, affirms Rich’s remarkable publishing career: “In my first twenty years in the publishing industry, I knew of Dan Rich only by his outstanding reputation. When I took over as CEO at David C Cook nine years ago, I called in Dan to revitalize our book publishing division. He successfully did so by strategically reducing the number of books we published each year and seeking out fresh authors for today’s reader. Dan turned the book division into a thriving and lucrative department. Dan’s other task was to develop a new curriculum that would move the church forward, as a result the TRU curriculum was successfully launched in 2009.” Doornbos goes on to say, “I hate the word retirement. Instead I think of Dan as being reassigned. We wish him and Scharlotte all the best in what the Lord has for them in the future.”


Rich says, “I believe that the call on my life to be in the publishing industry has been a call from the Lord. I also believe in the message of Ephesians 4 that we are all called to build up others in faith as our faith grows. In other words, I know that God’s call is bigger than my forty-plus years in this career. My wife, Scharlotte, and I are looking forward to spending more time with our five grandchildren and seeing where God leads us next.”


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David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Canada and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, today David C Cook publishes numerous bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which produces over one-third of the top 100 praise and worship songs sung around the world. Additional information can be found at