New IVP Head Wants to Help More Diverse Readers Believe

Publishing veteran Terumi Echols named the next president of the 75-year-old evangelical book publisher.

Terumi Echols has been named the new president and publisher of InterVarsity Press, bringing decades of experience in evangelical publishing as she becomes the first person of color to lead IVP and its first woman president in over 35 years.

Echols—who is multiethnic, African American and Japanese American—succeeds former publisher Jeff Crosby. Crosby recently became president and chief executive officer of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), the trade association of Christian publishing.

Following the announcement on Monday, IVP colleagues applauded her passion and entrepreneurial spirit. Associate director of strategic partnerships Helen Lee called Echols a “delight and a change agent.” Her predecessor Crosby said she was “a key contributor and visionary to many, if not most, of the advances InterVarsity Press made during my time as its publisher.”

Before coming to IVP—the 75-year-old publisher that first established itself with titles like Basic Christianity by John Stott, The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer, and Knowing God by J. I. Packer—Echols worked for nearly 20 years at Christianity Today International, including as chief publishing officer and publisher of Christianity Today.

During her tenure with CT, Echols was one of the highest-ranking people of color to work for the ministry. She was part of CT’s 2013 redesign of both its print publication and website and oversaw efforts including the magazine’s Her.meneutics blog, Today’s Christian Woman, and Behemoth.

Echols sees her selection as another example of IVP’s culture of being the first in …

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