By Gwynne Watkins
Warner Press announces that Joe Allison is retiring from his position as editorial director, discipleship resources and curriculum. In this role, Rev. Allison was responsible for overseeing the editorial development of curriculum, periodicals, and discipleship resources.
Rev. Allison is retiring from a career of nearly forty-five years in Christian publishing. He was first hired by Warner Press in 1971, and later worked for Thomas Nelson Publishers, Zondervan Publishing House, and Evangel Publishing House. In 2004 he returned to Anderson to become the publishing and creative services coordinator for Church of God Ministries, where he coordinated the publishing ministry of Church of God Ministries. Allison returned to Warner Press in 2014.
“Throughout his career, Joe has been driven by a desire to see others know Christ better and become more like him,” said Regina Jackson, vice president of product management for Warner Press. “The books, curriculum, and discipleship resources Joe has worked on over the years have made a lasting impact on countless lives. We are thankful for his years of dedication and service and the legacy he leaves behind, not only for Warner Press and Church of God Ministries, but also for Christian publishing as a whole.”
With Allison’s retirement, Kevin Stiffler, adult curriculum editor, will assume responsibilities for editorial development of curriculum and discipleship resources.
Warner Press is pleased to announce that Jeff Ray has joined the organization as senior director of marketing. Jeff comes to Warner Press with more than twenty years of marketing and sales experience. He spent the last three years at Wesleyan Publishing House, where he led both the sales and marketing teams. Ray has joined Warner Press to develop their web, social media, research and analysis, and branding efforts, among other initiatives.
“We are excited to have Jeff join us at Warner Press and think he is a great fit for our organization,” said Eric King, president. “With the vast array of knowledge and experience he brings to the table, he will be an integral part of our team, and we are looking forward to having him lead our marketing efforts into the future.”
Lastly, Warner Press is pleased to announce another step in strengthening its partnership with Wesleyan Publishing House. Wesleyan Publishing House has signed an agreement where Warner Press will provide sales and representation of all Wesleyan Publishing House products and services into the trade retail channel.
“We are excited to take another step in strengthening our partnership,” said Eric King, president of Warner Press and Wayne MacBeth, publisher at Wesleyan Publishing House. “Warner Press and Wesleyan Publishing House both bring a vast array of knowledge and experience to the table, and we are looking forward to other partnership opportunitaies into the future.”
Warner Press is a not-for-profit organization that publishes and distributes Christian products, including ministry resources, church supplies, kids’ books and greeting cards that equip churches for ministry and encourage individual spiritual growth. For more than 130 years, Warner Press has been sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving the Christian community worldwide. For more information, visit www.warnerpress.org.