KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nazarene Publishing House (NPH) is pleased to announce the hire of Michael Cork as leader of Lillenas Publishing, one of the largest church music publishers in the world. Cork's position was effective April 1, 2013.
Lillenas will benefit from Cork's deep understanding of local church ministry, both its needs and opportunities. He has served for many years as a worship pastor and coordinated numerous musical productions and services for national conventions. Most recently he was pastor of worship, music and creative arts for First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, Calif.
Cork's personal passion for music ministry leads him "to pursue authenticity through musical excellence, displaying the full scope and beauty of God." His experience and long-term connections within the music industry are already generating fresh opportunities for Lillenas, as well as garnering widespread enthusiasm and support among NPH partners.
"Michael's depth of experience, leadership acumen, and track record of success in developing excellent musical resources for the Church are exactly what Lillenas needs for its next major phase of growth," said Gerald Smith, president, NPH. "His innovation and experience have much to offer our organization as a whole." Cork reports directly to Smith.
Throughout his career, Cork has served as a trusted strategist for the Church of the Nazarene and many other organizations and ministries. His appointment is the realization of a decade-long conversation with NPH about how to best leverage his unique experience and skills to further its mission.
About Lillenas Publishing: Serving more than 50,000 churches around the world, Lillenas is one of the most powerful brands in Christian music. After more than 85 years of innovation and industry leadership, the primary goal of Lillenas remains relevant and unchanging: to provide worship and resources for the local church through a wide range of current, high-quality, affordable products. Lillenas is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. More info: lillenas.com
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SOURCE Nazarene Publishing House