PCPA stands for Protestant Church-Owned Publishers Association.
We are an international association of non-profit, Protestant denominational publishers and other non-profit Christian publishers who serve one or more Protestant denominations through the content we create, publish or distribute. In addition, we are supported by Adjunct Members who provide product and services that make our work possible. And, we have Freelance, Individual and Student Members.
Our publishing company members publish content using a wide range of print and digital media and serve Christians through congregations, higher education, outdoor ministries, libraries and other organizations. In addition, our member companies create resources for families and individuals of all ages.
PCPA has a rich history. Founded in 1951, it has provided a place for education for the staff of the member companies through conferences, webinars and newsletters. In addition, PCPA provides a place for people doing similar types of work to network and share insights about the always changing publishing & media industries. From time to time PCPA has sponsored market research projects that meet the needs of a number of our publishing company members.
Traditionally, PCPA has held two in-person meetings each year: a meeting for the staff of all of our member companies in the spring and a gathering of the Heads of Houses each fall. In 2022, we plan to have a hybrid Annual Conference scheduled for April 28 & 29 in Nashville, TN and via Zoom.
PCPA is financially supported in five ways:
All of these types of financial support helps ensure the ongoing work of PCPA in support of denominational publishers during a challenging time. Denominations are shrinking which means that congregations and other faith-based organizations purchase fewer resources. In addition, the economy is in flux and the publishing industry changes almost daily. PCPA provides educational resources, networking and access to industry experts to assist publishers of Protestant resources.
PCPA encourages all Christian denominational publishers to consider membership, and all employees of PCPA members to become involved. If your company is a member, then you are a member! You’ll find that the opportunity to learn from and with others in similar publishing enterprises is of immeasurable value.
PCPA is primarily a volunteer-led organization with a Corporation that meets at least annually. The Corporation elects the Board of Directors. The Board is made up of the Publishing Company Member Heads of Houses and also meets at least annually. There are three officers who come from the Board of Directors. These roles are rotated among the Board membership approximately every two years. The current leadership team includes:
The Rev’d Canon Scott Gunn
Term: May 2020–April 2022
Editor in Chief and Publisher
United Pentecostal Church International
Term: November 2019–April 2022
Communication and Administration Executive
Director, Wesleyan Publishing House
Term: May 2020–April 2022