Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources announced Friday that Colorado Pastor Ben Mandrell has been selected as the 10th president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing arm.
“LifeWay Christian Resources trustees unanimously elected Ben Mandrell as the organization’s 10th president today during a special-called meeting in Atlanta,” the organization announced via Twitter.
The announcement drew congratulations from a number of current and former Southern Baptist leaders, including LifeWay’s former president and CEO Thom Rainer who praised Mandrell’s selection.
“@LifeWay is incredibly blessed to have such a godly man and great leader. I am praying for you, Ben Mandrell. You will lead @LifeWay well,” Rainer wrote on Twitter.
At a press conference cited by the Tennessean Friday, Mandrell, 42, who is still listed as the lead pastor of Storyline Church in Arvada, said he believes the Christian publishing giant can remain viable in a digital environment after a recent decision to close its brick-and-mortar stores as more people shop online.
“We do believe that it’s not only possible, but it’s going to be something that’s going to be beneficial to us as we begin to seek out all of those outlets,” Mandrell said. “We think that what LifeWay does changes people’s lives.”
He also thanked his supporters and promised to love the team of 4,000 LifeWay employees “ferociously.”
“Truly humbled. Thanks to all for so many kind words and loving support the past week. Lynley and I will love the @LifeWay team ferociously. What an incredibly talented army of creatives,” he tweeted.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair