Tyndale House Ministries (THM) has announced that Chairman of the Board and CEO Mark Taylor will retire at the end of March 2021 after serving 47 years at the company. Taylor will retain his position as Chairman.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors of Tyndale House Ministries, Vice Chairman Doug McConnell said, “Mark Taylor has been an exceptional leader not only for Tyndale House but for the greater Christian publishing industry. His influence has also touched ministries throughout the world through Tyndale House Foundation. As the Board searches for the next CEO, we are confident in the leadership team to carry forward the mission of THM.”
Taylor began working at Tyndale House when he was in sixth grade, sending out copies of Living Letters, a paraphrase of the New Testament epistles created by Tyndale House Co-Founder Dr. Kenneth Taylor, his father. While attending Duke University, Taylor became involved with the work of Tyndale House Foundation, a charitable organization started in 1963 by his parents using the royalties from the sales of Living Letters and The Living Bible. After graduating from college, Taylor became Executive Director of Tyndale House Foundation, helping guide the distribution of grants that support Christian ministry and mission work around the world. In 1984, Taylor became President and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers.
In addition to the many responsibilities of managing a successful publishing company, Taylor led the development of Holy Bible: New Living Translation, serving as Chief Stylist and Chairman of the Translation Committee. Throughout his tenure as CEO, Taylor championed the publication of many successful and life-changing works such as the McGee and Me video series, the Left Behind series, and the Life Application Study Bible. The success of these and other products resulted in Tyndale’s growth to become one of the largest independent Christian publishers in the world.
The Taylor family’s legacy of generosity continues to guide the work of Tyndale House Publishers and Tyndale House Foundation. Revenue from the publishing enterprise helps support ministries involved with Bible translation, Christian publishing, leadership development, theological education, and humanitarian aid.
A celebration to express appreciation for Taylor’s dedication to his work and the legacy of the Taylor family will take place in March 2021. The theme of the event will be, “Celebrate the Legacy, Embrace the Future.”
Executive search firm CarterBaldwin, which specializes in assisting Christian ministries, will work alongside the Search Committee of the THM Board to identify the ministry’s next CEO as they consider both internal and external candidates.
“As I look to the future,” Taylor said in a released statement, “I am excited about what lies ahead for Tyndale House. I believe the world needs Tyndale now more than ever, and Tyndale is ready to respond. We have a strong Board, an excellent executive team, and a wonderfully dedicated staff. Together we will continue to joyfully pursue our mission: ‘To minister to the spiritual needs of people, primarily through publication of literature consistent with biblical principles and through grants to other charitable entities.’”
Since its founding in 1962, Tyndale House Publishers has been a voice to trust for generations of readers. Tyndale’s mission is to make the Bible accessible to as many people as possible in languages to which they can relate and respond. Tyndale’s independent status allows it to follow its founding model, contributing a majority of its annual revenue — more than $110 million dollars throughout its history — to charitable missions. With every book purchased, Tyndale readers help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.