EPA Mourns Loss of Two Industry Leaders

The Evangelical publishing community lost two accomplished leaders within the span of three days in late June.

On June 26, 2017, Rev. Jim Reapsome passed away at the age of 88 in Downer’s Grove, IL. Reapsome, an honorary member of EPA for his long years of service in the association, was the founder of The Evangelical Missions Quarterly where he served as editor for 33 years. Other roles he filled during his career included editor of the Sunday School Times and managing editor of Christianity Today.

Reapsome was a prolific writer of articles, books, and curricula for InterVarsity Press, Zondervan, and David C. Cook. His IVP Bible study guides sold more than 640,000 copies. His last manuscript, "The Jesus Paul Knew," will be published posthumously.

During his career, he taught writing for 10 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he pastored churches in Marietta, PA, and Western Springs, IL.

In 1991 he received the Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Evangelicals.

Kent Wilson, age 64, died June 28 in Colorado Springs. Wilson, an executive coach for business and nonprofits, served NavPress for 21 years as director of the periodicals group and later as publisher.

Wilson’s passion for Christian publishing was demonstrated in his ministry with Magazine Training International, where he served as a volunteer trainer with MTI for 10 conferences in eight countries. For the past 11 years, he served as MTI’s board chairman.

“Even after he became ill with cancer he continued to give himself to the ministries he believed in,” wrote MTI president Sharon Mumper in a Facebook post. “He was steadfastly positive and cheerful, always encouraging and supportive, regardless of his own circumstances. He will be missed not only in the United States, but people in dozens of countries will mourn his loss.”


Posted July 5, 2017