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ECPA Presents Dr. Lane T. and Mrs. Ebeth Dennis with
the Industry’s Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award

Media Contact: Mark Kuyper, ECPA President/CEO, 480-966-3998,

Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 5, 2015 — For their remarkable contributions to Christian publishing, and in recognition of a lifetime of service to Christ and excellence in gospel ministry, ECPA President/CEO Mark Kuyper presented Dr. Lane T. and Mrs. Ebeth Dennis the industry’s Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award on May 5 in Murfreesboro Tennessee, at the ECPA Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the ECPA Leadership Summit.

Dr. Lane T. Dennis is president and CEO of Crossway. His wife, Ebeth Dennis, serves on Crossway’s board of directors and as senior vice president over the publishing ministry.

“For 50 years, Lane and Ebeth have led Crossway in the proclamation of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word through the publication and distribution of millions of Bibles, gospel-centered books, tracts, and other resources,” presented Kuyper at the event.  “Their years of dedicated service have impacted countless lives for the sake of the gospel, delivering to current and later generations the great treasure of God’s Word through the English Standard Version of the Bible, as well as writings from some of the foremost voices of classic evangelicalism, including Francis Schaeffer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, J. I. Packer, Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper, and many others.”

“On behalf of the ECPA, Crossway, and the entire Christian publishing industry, we thank Lane and Ebeth for their faithfulness to God’s Word; their love for the gospel of Jesus Christ; their service to his church; and their commitment to bear witness to God’s truth, beauty, and holiness through their lives and the publishing ministry of Crossway.”

A complete bio of Dr. Lane T. and Mrs. Ebeth Dennis is below.

The 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 include Kenneth N. Taylor, Herman Baker, Robert Kregel, Sam Moore, Robert Hawkins, Billy Graham, Bruce Ryskamp, Pat Zondervan, John Perkins, Gary & Carol Johnson, and Jack Countryman. In 1992, Lane’s mother Muriel Dennis received the award. For more information, and to view a list of past recipients, visit

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization, comprised of nearly 200 member companies worldwide, representing a combined revenue of nearly $1.4 billion. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building Networking, Information, and Advocacy opportunities within the industry and across multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content. For more information about ECPA: 480-966-3998,,


Bio for Dr. Lane T. and Mrs. Ebeth Dennis:
Dr. Lane T. Dennis is president and CEO of Crossway. His wife, Ebeth Dennis, serves on Crossway’s board of directors and as senior vice president over the publishing ministry.  

In 1938, Clyde and Muriel Dennis founded Good News Publishers as a not-for-profit publishing ministry. The Dennis family saw that tracts could play a strategic role in the church’s evangelistic work, and their young company was printing over 50 million tracts annually within the first five years.  Under the leadership of Dr. Lane Dennis, Clyde and Muriel’s son, Crossway continues to distribute more than 16 million tracts annually to ministries and individuals actively sharing the gospel. 

Lane and Ebeth also led the establishment of Crossway’s book division in 1979. Since then, Crossway has published more than 1,500 titles by evangelical authors including Francis Schaeffer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Piper, John MacArthur, J. I. Packer, Max Lucado, and Joni Eareckson Tada. 

Lane has served for over 50 years in Christian publishing, holding a PhD from Northwestern University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a BS in Business from Northern Illinois University. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, winner of a Gold Medallion award. He has also held several leadership positions in the Christian publishing industry, including chair of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

Ebeth was raised in India, the daughter of third-generation missionaries to that country.  Her love for God’s Word continues to make an impact both near and far. Her experience abroad and passion to reach the world with God’s Word has aided Crossway’s global ministry expansion, particularly in the distribution of tens of millions of Bibles and gospel-centered resources throughout the world. 

Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the Dennises will prove to be the development of the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible. Under Lane’s leadership as chair of the Translation Oversight Committee for the ESV Bible, Crossway first published the ESV in 2001. In 2008, with Lane as the executive editor, Crossway went on to publish the ESV Study Bible, which was awarded the ECPA’s Christian Book of the Year award in 2009—the first Bible ever to receive that recognition. 

Lane and Ebeth live in Wheaton, Illinois. They are the proud parents of eight children and grandparents of 33 grandchildren.