I am Returning to Local Church Ministry!

A fter a wonderful season of learning at Abingdon Press, I am excited to announce that I have accepted an executive creative and communication role at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. Located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Peachtree Presbyterian Church is the largest Presbyterian PC(USA) church in America, with over 7,000 in regular attendance, for the purpose of “creating a storytelling culture.”

About Peachtree

Founded as a Sunday School for neighborhood kids in 2010, Peachtree is a thriving, regional church with an evangelical vision. Since arriving in 2000, Senior Pastor Dr. Vic Pentz has led the congregation to embrace a local and global missional focus. In Atlanta, Peachtree has vital partnerships with local community ministries, the police and fire departments, the mayor’s office, and more. A recent initiative is the drive to end human sex trafficking in Atlanta. Globally, the church partners with ministries in Pakistan, Malawi, Kenya, Jamaica, and Cuba.

Peachtree is a seven-day-a-week church with six worship events, a full service gym, coffeehouse, counseling center, and the largest church preschool in the southeast. Peachtree is currently leading a wide group of Presbyterian congregations seeking to rediscover what it means to live as a fellowship of believers, seeking to save the lost and reveal God’s work in the world.

About Abingdon Press

In the past year plus I have enjoyed my work as Senior Leadership Editor at Abingdon Press in Nashville, TN. For several decades, Abingdon Press has defined the church leadership market. The brand is strong and I have been honored to be a gatekeeper and strategic developer in the task of rebuilding the label for a new generation of church leaders.

I’m grateful to longtime publishing mentor and friend Paul Franklyn, who sought me out for this position. Paul helped craft a traditional acquisitions editor role to fit my communication background and skill set. In return I offered systems-building, writing and design skills to the task of helping authors craft their concepts into thoughtful books with compelling hooks.

Through the position I experienced a sabbatical of sorts, reading dozens of titles on church leadership across a variety of disciplines. While the rebuilding task will continue, I created a new structure for leadership books, acquired roughly three dozen new titles, and developed dozens more in my 15 months on the job. I also conceptualized and developed new audio and visual initiatives for the Common English Bible translation (more on this later). The position dramatically improved my knowledge of publishing, product development, skills as a writer, and understanding of the marketplace of ideas.

My decision is driven by a desire to return to my calling in local church communication ministry.

I start at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on June 1, 2012.

More on this story coming soon!

UPDATE: Here’s a bit more on the story, if you’re interested: How My Dream Job Found Me: The Story Behind My Peachtree Decision


About the Author

Len Wilson

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Christ follower. Storyteller. Strategist. Writer. Creative Director at St Andrew. Tickle monster. Author, Think Like a Five Year Old (Abingdon).