Ed Stetzer to join Outreach in mission to amplify the gospel.
Outreach Inc. will soon be welcoming a new face. As of July 1st, noted missiologist, evangelist, researcher, author, preacher and regular Outreach magazine contributor Ed Stetzer will be joining the team as general editor of Outreach media group and editor-in-chief of Outreach magazine. Stetzer will provide editorial direction, helping these platforms continue equipping the church for greater gospel impact.
“I look forward to working with the teams at Outreach magazine, ChurchLeaders.com and Sermon Central to ask how we might better do what the writer of Hebrews said to do: ‘Provoke one another to love and good deeds’ (Heb. 10:24),” Stetzer says. “Outreach is helping Christians reach out to our neighbors and our contexts with the good news of the gospel. That has been my passion for years, and I’m excited to team up now.”
Stetzer is a dean and professor at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he serves as the executive director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Additionally, he is regional director for Lausanne North America, publishes research through Mission Group, is the founding editor of The Gospel Project, frequently writes for outlets such as USA Today and CNN, and currently serves as interim teaching pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in New York City. Formerly he served as executive director of Lifeway Research and missiologist in residence for Lifeway and the North American Mission Board, in addition to being a contributing editor for Christianity Today. He is a frequent guest speaker at many Outreach 100 churches.
During his extensive ministry career, Stetzer has established himself as a trusted voice in the fields of church planting, evangelism, missiology and cultural engagement.
“There are very few people who align with our values, theology, focus and direction more than Ed Stetzer,” says Steve Foster, chief operating officer for Outreach Inc. “His voice in Christian leadership circles is solid, well-respected, thoughtful and always focused on practically accomplishing the Great Commission.”
Ed Stetzer Deepens His Connection With Outreach Magazine
Stetzer joins the Outreach magazine team in the wake of the sudden passing of editor James P. Long, who died of heart failure on April 30th. For years, Stetzer has been a part of the magazine as a regular columnist and contributing editor, and was instrumental in spearheading the partnership between Outreach magazine and the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center that led to the upcoming Amplify Outreach Conference. Now he is eager to deepen his connection with the magazine.
“We need a winsome voice like Outreach magazine to help us navigate confusing cultural times,” Stetzer says. “Longtime editor James Long kept reminding us of the call and the mission. With his passing, I simply thought it was the right time to carry on that legacy and continue that mission.”
Stetzer’s focus mirrors the mission of Outreach Inc. “to equip the church to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Together, they hope to reach more people than ever with that life-transforming message.
“We look forward to seeing how God will use Ed’s gifts to equip the church,” Foster says. “I am confident God will use him to speak hope and encouragement into a broader church audience than ever before.”