Institute for Bible Reading appoints next Executive Director

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Board of Directors of the Institute for Bible Reading (IFBR) is delighted to announce that it has selected Alex Goodwin to serve as its next executive director beginning July 1, 2021. He will replace Scott Bolinder who is retiring as the founding executive director.

Alex Goodwin is a co-founder of IFBR and currently serves as its senior director of marketing and communications. He previously served at Biblica following graduation from Virginia Tech where he earned a B.S. in marketing management.

Goodwin says, “I’m humbled by how God has used our organization to impact hundreds of thousands of lives in the five years since our founding. Bible reading is at the center of spiritual formation, yet it’s clear that many people are struggling to meaningfully engage with the Scriptures. We are grateful to see that the resources we’re providing are helping people connect with the Bible like they’ve always hoped. I’m honored by the Board’s confidence in me to steward IFBR’s mission in this next season.”

After a careful and thoughtful search process which included an outside consultant, the IFBR Board concluded unanimously in early 2021 that Goodwin was the right person for the assignment. “We believe Alex is uniquely equipped and dedicated to lead IFBR at this important juncture,” said Board member Robert Fryling.

“The Board took the time to carefully discern what qualifications and experience were needed for the next executive director,” said Bolinder, co-founder and Board chair. “We soon realized that our best candidate was one of our four founders. Alex’s marketing and communications expertise was instrumental in building a strong infrastructure and foundation for IFBR. His giftedness is matched by his passion and vision for our mission to change the way the world reads the Bible.”

“While age wasn’t the primary criteria in our selection process, finding a uniquely gifted Millennial leader positions IFBR to influence Bible readers for generations to come,” added Board member Jan Mortenson Stump.

Alex and his wife, Lacey, and their two children, Jackson and Elizabeth, currently live in Black Forest, CO.

About the Institute for Bible Reading: The Institute for Bible Reading is an action-oriented think tank uncommonly focused on providing resources and education which fundamentally change the way people read the Bible, so that it becomes the story that defines their lives.


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