Tyndale House Publishers (@tyndalehouse) has announced that Jeremy Taylor has been installed as President and CEO of Tyndale House Foundation, effective October 1, 2018. Taylor, who has served on the board of directors of the Foundation since 2005, replaces his father, Mark Taylor, as President and CEO. Mark served as President of the Foundation from 1973 to 2018 and continues as Chairman and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers. Jeremy Taylor is the third president in the Foundation’s history, succeeding Mark Taylor and Dr. Kenneth Taylor.
At an installation service held at Tyndale House Publishers on October 1, Mark Taylor handed Jeremy a baton, symbolizing the transfer of leadership. He said, “In a relay race, each runner carries the baton, and they pass it from hand to hand. My father handed me the leadership of the Foundation in 1973. Today I pass this baton to you as a visual image that I am passing the responsibility of leadership of the Foundation to you. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hereby install you as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tyndale House Foundation. It’s a big responsibility, but it is a joyful task. May God bless you in all that you do.”
Jeremy responded, “Being asked to carry on the legacy of generosity begun by my grandparents fifty-five years ago is a great honor. The legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Taylor is immense, and the legacy my dad is forging for me is huge as well.” Speaking of the historic relationship between Tyndale House Foundation and Tyndale House Publishers, Jeremy continued, “Dr. Taylor always said that Tyndale is God’s company. We’ve always operated that way. Today, all of us share Ken Taylor’s legacy. Our role is to embrace the legacy, working together and striving to honor God in all we do. Therefore, by God’s grace, in prayerful dependence on him, let us now set ourselves to that task.”
As a fiction editor at Tyndale House Publishers for twenty years, Jeremy Taylor has worked with some of the industry’s top authors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wheaton College and is currently pursuing an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeremy and his wife, Nancy, live with their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.
History of Tyndale House Foundation
Tyndale House Foundation was established by Kenneth and Margaret Taylor in 1963—a year after the initial publication of Living Letters, the New Testament Epistles paraphrased by Dr. Taylor. Though the Taylors had a large family (ten children) and lived on a modest income, Dr. Taylor had a strong conviction that the royalties from Living Letters should be given to God because it was His Word. He established Tyndale House Foundation to distribute these royalties. It was the fulfillment of a goal Dr. Taylor had first expressed a decade earlier – to establish a charitable fund that could make grants to support Christian work around the world.
During the second year of its publication, 600,000 copies of Living Letters were distributed by the Billy Graham Association. The royalties on those copies were the first funds paid into the Foundation.
For over 50 years the Foundation has received all royalties from the sales of Living Letters (1962), The Living Bible (1971) and the New Living Translation (1996). In 2001 Ken and Margaret Taylor transferred ownership of Tyndale House Publishers to the Foundation. As a result, dividends from the profitable operations of the publishing company also now flow to the Foundation.
The Foundation uses all these funds to make grants for Christian ministry around the world.
Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.