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Orange Founder Reggie Joiner and CEO Kristen Ivy Resign After ‘Inappropriate Relationship’

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(L) Kristen Ivy [R) Reggie Joiner screengrab via YouTube @Backstage with Randy Phillips

On Wednesday (April 17), Orange announced that its founder and chief creative officer, Reggie Joiner, “voluntarily resigned” after admitting to “past inappropriate adult relationships”—including one with newly announced CEO Kristen Ivy, who has also resigned.

Orange, which hosts one of the largest family ministries conferences in the world, describes itself as “a team of ministry leaders, educators, researchers, counselors, writers, editors, artists, musicians, and producers all committed to supporting churches and families as they nurture the faith and future of the next generation.”

The organization is well-known for its age-specific curriculums for churches.

The 63-year-old Joiner co-founded North Point Community Church alongside Andy Stanley and for 11 years served as the church’s executive director of family ministry. Prior to that, he was a youth pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church.

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Joiner has also written over 30 books about parenting and church leadership. Joiner and his wife, Debbie, have four adult children.

Joiner’s website says that he has “changed the way churches and organizations create environments for and equip leaders, parents, and the next generation.” It continues, “Orange partners with over 8,000 churches internationally and is the architect of the Orange Conference and the Orange Tour, which provide national training opportunities for senior pastors, church leaders, and ministry volunteers.”

Ivy started at Orange in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development of Orange’s elementary school, middle school, and high school curriculums. She is the president of Parent Cue and a co-founder of The Phase Project.

In September 2023, Orange introduced Ivy as its new president and CEO, a transition that Orange said had been “thoughtfully planned over the past few years.” Joiner took the role of Orange’s chief creative officer.

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Ivy has authored more than 20 books about parenting. She is married to her husband, Matt, and they have three young children.

Next week (April 23-25), Orange will hold its large annual conference in Atlanta. The conference will feature speakers John Onwuchekwa, Danielle Strickland, Jon Acuff, Rich Villodas, and others.