Former NavPress publisher and Magazine Training International (MTI) trainer, Dr. Kent Wilson, passed away on June 28.

Wilson’s vision for missions and Christian publishing in the Developing World led him to serve at various times as pastor, publisher, executive coach, trainer, and consultant for a number of missions organizations around the world.

Over the years, he taught the business of publishing courses 10 times in seven countries with Magazine Training International (MTI), eventually serving for 10 years as the organization’s chairman of the Board of Directors. He co-wrote MTI’s business course manual, “Managing the Magazine with Confidence and Skill,” and co-taught the magazine management DVD course.

Those who sat under his teaching and experienced his consulting remembered him as “kind, generous, and full of wisdom,” and a “wonderful encourager” who will be missed by many.

“With his warmth and generosity of spirit, as well as the breadth of his knowledge in publishing and leadership, Kent Wilson was a highly-valued trainer whose influence on Christians in magazine publishing worldwide will continue to be felt for years to come,” said MTI President and Founder Sharon Mumper. “The impact of his life extended to Magazine Training International as an organization as he served as Board chairman, guiding, encouraging, and supporting the ministry. I have lost a valued friend, co-laborer, and mentor.”

CBA President Curtis Riskey added, “Our industry has lost a wonderful leader and mentor in Kent Wilson. The impact of his teaching and example of his character will forever be a testimony to the difference one person can make when they pour into the lives of others.”

Dr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Debbie, son Eric, daughters Kathy and Abby, and eight grandchildren.