MAY 3–4, Philadelphia


All times are listed in Eastern Time

The ECPA Leadership Summit will be held in two locations in the heart of Philadelphia. Our event hotel, the Hilton Penn’s Landing along the Waterfront, will host Tuesday’s sessions and the ECPA Awards Celebration event that evening. On Wednesday, attendees will take a lovely stroll to the American Bible Society headquarters in Philadelphia’s historic district -- right across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell -- to enjoy the rest of the program. We encourage you to plan your time with these special proximities in mind, including the new Faith and Liberty Discovery Center located in the ABS building. (Reservations required.)

  • Tuesday | May 3

    Tuesday, May 3

    8:15 am

    Welcome from Jeff Crosby, ECPA President

    8:30 am

    Opening Session: Elevating Thought Leadership

    Cherie Harder, president, The Trinity Forum

    9:15 am

    Elevating Charitable Discourse through Publishing

    Dr. Theon Hill, author, professor, Aspen Institute Fellow

    10:00 am


    10:30 am

    Elevating the Softer Side of Leadership: Essential Skills for Managers of People

    Eugene Habecker, author, Chair Emeritus, Christianity Today; Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute; President Emeritus, Taylor University

    11:15 am

    Panel discussion with three morning keynotes

    11:45 am


    1:15 pm

    Elevating the Reader: What We Can Learn About Engagement from Current Data

    Kristen McLean, Executive Director of Business Development, The NPD Group

    2:15 pm

    Elevating Opportunities in the Supply Chain

    Kelly Gallagher (Ingram Content Group)
    Matt Baehr (Book Manufacturer’s Institute)
    David Hetherington (Books International)
    moderated by Ben McCoy (InterVarsity Press)

    3:15 pm


    4:00 pm

    Breakout Workshop Sessions


    Pursuing Multiethnicity in your Publishing House
    In November 2020, Publishers Weekly reported that InterVarsity Press (IVP) was the home of the "most comprehensive program" among evangelical publishing houses with regard to pursuing diversity both within the organization as well as through its publishing. In addition to its legacy and heritage of publishing authors of color, what are the other ways in which IVP has continued to stretch itself in its commitment to multiethnicity? This session led by Helen Lee, IVP’s director of product innovation, will examine several recent efforts that IVP has undertaken to continue its commitment to elevate voices of color, including its Every Voice Now initiative and recent forays into podcasting (The Disrupters, Get in The Word with Truth's Table, The Every Voice Now Podcast) and address why such efforts are important for the long-term benefit of the organization, as well as for the readers and authors we as publishers serve.

    Elevating Customer Interest
    Led by Ben Amundgaard, senior director of Bible Study Products at Faithlife, and Jesse Myers, director of original content at Faithlife and publisher of Lexham Press, this breakout session will offer practical examples of how publishers can find and serve niche customer markets and use data to create products that are relevant to those customers.

    Elevating Church Engagement and Innovation
    Led by Devin Maddox, Trade Books Publisher, B&H Publishing Group and director of books ministry, Lifeway, this breakout session will explore how publishers have been effective in creating a relationship with churches to meet their ministry needs. It will include discussion of shifting church practices that will require innovation and flexibility as solution creators develop resources for the future.

    5:30 pm


    6:30 pm

    ECPA Christian Book Awards celebration

    Keynote speaker Latasha Morrison, author of Be the Bridge
    Presenting the 2022 Christian Book Awards, the Pinnacle Award to Timothy Keller, milestone sales awards, and more -- including celebrating the anniversaries of InterVarsity Press (75 years) and Ligonier Ministries (50 years).

  • Wednesday | May 4

    Wednesday, May 4

    Sessions at American Bible Society Headquarters

    8:30 am

    Opening greeting from Robert Briggs, President and CEO, American Bible Society

    Elevating the Word in the World

    Nicole Martin, Vice President of Church Engagement and Executive Director of Trauma Healing, American Bible Society

    9:30 am

    Elevating Global Discipleship

    Stan Jantz, former president and CEO of ECPA with Byron Williamson and David Moberg of the Global Discipleship Alliance

    10:15 am


    10:45 am

    Elevating Gospel Principles for Leadership

    Paul David Tripp, pastor, speaker and author

    11:45 am


    ECPA Annual Member Meeting, convened by Dan Kok, ECPA board chair and SVP of Operations at Crossway

    12:15 pm


    Attendees are encouraged to engage with the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center in the American Bible Society corporate headquarters. Tickets and reservations required.

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