Colorado Pastor Ben Mandrell has been named as the new president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources, the publishing division of the Southern Baptist Convention.Lifeway, based in Nashville, Tenn., announced Mandrell's election by the organization's board of trustees through social media on Friday.
"LifeWay Christian Resources trustees unanimously elected Ben Mandrell as the organization's 10th president today during a special-called meeting in Atlanta," the organization posted to Twitter.
Former Lifeway president and CEO Thom Rainer responded on Twitter writing: ""@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."
Other Baptist ministers and former leaders also congratulated Mandrell on his new position.
Mandrell's appointment comes at a time when the company has moved its operations entirely to digital after closing its brick and mortar stores as more customers choose to shop online.
Mandrell, 42, is the lead pastor of Storyline Church in Arvada. His first order of business will be listening to, caring for and connecting with the people at LifeWay.
"This is such a huge job. I obviously can't do this by myself," Mandrell said. "I don't want to be the only one with bright ideas."
LifeWay, which employs about 4,000 people, is one of the biggest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, books, Bible studies, music and church supplies.