The ECPA Leadership Summit is where relationships begin and continue among leadership teams in Christian publishing, while learning from world-class experts speaking on current issues and trends important to the industry.

April 27-29: Practicum Week

Programming from 10 am to 12 pm (central time)

Topics: Market Data, Growing Online Sales Channels, Global Printing & Distribution, and more

May 4-6: Thought Leadership Week

Sessions at 10 am and 1 pm (central time)

Topics: Leading with Resilience, Being Evangelical, Future of Publishing, Serving the Church


David French
Senior Editor at The Dispatch; Columnist for Time; and New York Times bestselling author
Madeline McIntosh
CEO, Penguin Random House U.S.
Michael Pietsch
Chief Executive Officer, Hachette Book Group
Walter Kim
President of the National Association
of Evangelicals (NAE)
Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin
VP of Church Engagement and Executive Director of Trauma Healing, American Bible Society
Timothy Dalrymple
President and CEO, Christianity Today
Max Lucado
Bestselling Author
Keynote for ECPA Awards Celebration webcast
Kristen McLean
Executive Director of Business Development
at the NPD Group
Tod Bolsinger
Director of the Church Leadership Institute at
Fuller Theological Seminary and author of
Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change
Thom Rainer
Founder, CEO & Lead Coach of Church Answers;
The Post Quarantine Church
Exec. Minister, Make and Deepen Disciples, Evangelical Covenant Church denomination
Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Executive Director of Christians for Social Action
Daisy Hutton
Vice President and Publisher of Hachette Nashville
Tina Constable
EVP & Publisher, Waterbrook, Multnomah, Convergent, Image and Forum
Matt Baehr
Executive Director of the Book Manufacturers Institute
Ashish Thomas
Sr. Director and General Manager, Lifeway India
Erick Goss
CEO and Co-founder at Minno
Chairman of PRI Management & Consulting
GM, ZDL Publishing, China
Jerri Helms
VP of digital marketing and analytics for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and
HarperCollins Focus
Dave Schroeder
Director of Publishing & Consumer Products,
WTA Media

What People Are saying

  • "Always enjoy reconnecting with colleagues in the industry and learning from and sharing experiences."

    Mary Burns
    President and CEO, Barbour Publishing
  • "Stellar. The Leadership Summit is of huge value to our organization."

    Bob Hawkins
    President, Harvest House Publishers
  • "Great opportunity to spend useful time with industry colleagues and learn together from some high-quality and thoughtful presentations."

    Anthony Gosling
    Executive VP of Business Operations, Crossway
  • "Excellent speakers… Inspiration off the charts… Enjoyed the group discussion."

    David Morris
    VP and Publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • "A perfect balance of encouragement, enrichment, and high-level insights."

    Kim Shurley
    Director of CBA Sales, Group Publishing, Lifetree Division
  • "The speakers were truly great and the networking opportunities very valuable."

    Jeannette Taylor
    Director, JET Marketing
  • "I've been to a lot of events like this and I rate the Leadership Summit as one of the best. The quality of speakers, networking and thought leadership is second to none."

    Justin Paul Lawrence
    Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, InterVarsity Press
  • "It had a great focus on our mission as well as thought provoking presentations and helpful information. "

    Jeff Johnson
    President and COO, Tyndale House Publishers
  • "This was the best ECPA event I’ve been to. The connections made and the teachings were invaluable. "

    Cristopher Garrido
    Spanish Publisher, Harper Collins Christian Publishing
  • "This is what industry gatherings should be— thoughtful speakers and discussions, networking, encouraging and inspiring and challenging topics that are meaningful to us."

    Barbara Sherrill
    Executive VP and Publisher, The McKenzie Group/Harvest House Publishers
  • "Content was valuable and it was great to see industry experts/leaders in dialogue together."

    Doug Lockhart
    SVP Marketing & New Initiatives, HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • "Leadership Summit was very valuable to me with information I was able to immediately share with my management team. I also met people that I will reach out to in order to help our business grow in the near future."

    Mark Teears
    CEO, New Growth Press
  • "Probably the most productive day and a half that I have spent in a long time. Very well run; great people."

    Brian Allain
    Owner, Writing for Your Life
  • "Leadership Summit is fantastic. The sessions are timely, conversations lively, and takeaways immediate!"

    Randall Payleitner
    Associate Publisher, Moody Publishers
  • "Instructive, insightful, educational..."

    La Verne Tolbert
    VP Editorial, Urban Ministries, Inc.
  • "The content is excellent. The opportunities for networking are perfect."

    Michael LoRusso
    VP, LSC Communications
  • "Leadership Summit offers publishing leaders an opportunity to collaborate and stay informed on new processes, trends, and cultural movements."

    J.D. Bridges
    VP of Sales & Distribution, Reformation Trust Publishing
  • "This was an excellent conference. Well organized, excellent schedule, great presenters, missional, business value, execution—all superb."

    Jennifer Lyell
    VP and Publisher, LifeWay Christian Resources/B&H Publishing
  • "The ECPA Leadership Summit offered an exceptional program for leaders of Christian publishers—stimulating speakers, a wealth of statistical data, the upbeat annual awards program, and multiple networking opportunities."

    Paul Hendrickson
    General Manager, Hendrickson Publishers
  • "Lots of excellent content, and plenty of good opportunities for connecting with peers. That's what it's all about."

    Sean Harrison
    President, Book Genesis
  • "As a first time participant, I found the group welcoming and the sessions full of great information."

    Suzanne Wilson-Higgins
    Managing Director/CEO, Lion Hudson
  • "Great content. It's always good to find out what others in the industry are doing."

    Mark Taylor
    Chairman/CEO, Tyndale House Publishers

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