The growth at Apologetics Press never stops! In my January 2004 “Note from the Editor,” I discussed with you the fact that this year we are celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary. In the April issue, I told you about our hiring of Tommy Hatfield as our new general manager. In June, I announced that we had hired Moisés Pinedo as the first of our two Spanish translators. In August, I announced the hiring of Michael Cortez as our second Spanish translator. And now, as proof of my point that the growth at A.P. never stops, it is my distinct pleasure to announce the hiring of our newest employee—Mark Denning.
But before I officially introduce Mark to you, permit me a word of explanation. Since the inception of this work twenty-five years ago, I have been the de facto fund raiser—a position I neither sought nor desired, but simply “inherited” as the work began, early on, to grow so rapidly. Every time we went to print a new item, produce a new video or audio tape, or offer a new service, I was the one who ultimately was responsible for raising the funds necessary to make that possible. And every time we hired a new person, I was the one who had to raise the funds required to pay the salary. [I frequently tell my staff—only half jokingly—that if I had known in graduate school that I was going to have to spend so much of my time in fund raising, I would have taken one less course in microbiology, and would have happily replaced it with “Elementary Fund Raising 101”!]
But, the growth at Apologetics Press never stops! And, to be quite honest, I simply cannot keep up with it any longer—and still carry out the work schedule that I am required to maintain. I travel between 35 and 40 weekends each year on speaking assignments, oversee a staff of 16, serve as a mentor to our summer interns, edit or oversee two journals, write books, make videos, produce articles for our Web site, etc. And, on top of that, I have to raise the monies that keep A.P. going on a daily basis.
Eventually, it just got to be “too much.” I finally had to admit to myself that: (a) I’m not getting any younger (ouch!); and (b) I needed help. There simply was no way that I could raise the funds necessary to sustain the level of growth that Apologetics Press is experiencing. And so, I set out to find “just the right person” to assist me in this important task. And I did.
Enter Mark Denning. Mark, who is 36 years old, was working for the American Heart Association in Tennessee as a fund-raising manager in their Southeast Affiliate (in fact, he was responsible for an annual fund-raising campaign that had as its goal raising almost $3,000,000 in contributions!). I came to know Mark through Thomas Tarpley, the young man who works for A.P. as our scientific illustrator. He and Mark had been good friends for a number of years, so when Thomas recommended Mark to me, I listened. And am I glad I did! Mark is incredibly talented. Plus, he is personable, knowledgeable, and well organized. I honestly do not think I could have found anyone who was better suited to the position that we needed to fill—or the job that we needed carried out—than Mark. He and his wife Amanda are faithful Christians, and believe in our work wholeheartedly.
Several weeks ago, I invited Mark to come to Montgomery for an interview, and ended up offering him a job shortly thereafter. As our new Director of Public Relations, Mark is responsible for, among other things: (1) assisting me in fund raising; and (2) working with book distributors, book stores, etc. to get our products into the marketplace so that more people will have access to them. There is no doubt in my mind that Mark is perfectly capable of doing both jobs—brilliantly! He is a tireless worker who is both dedicated and determined. He understands what we require, and is working diligently to provide it. Join me in welcoming him, won’t you?
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