InterVarsity Press (IVP) has announced that Rachel Hastings has been appointed associate editor for IVP Academic.
Hastings joined IVP in 2021 as assistant project editor and was soon promoted to associate project editor for trade books. In the role of associate editor for IVP Academic she will be leading acquisitions and the development of academic books in biblical studies and related fields.
“Rachel has already been working on a number of academic titles this year, and frankly she simply rose above the top among the applicants at every stage of our rigorous selection process,” said Jon Boyd, associate publisher and academic editorial director at IVP. “If you’ve noticed all the job postings from IVP lately, most of which are for freshly created positions, you’ve seen how we're growing. In this key position, Rachel will be a big part of the future we’re building with IVP Academic.”
Hastings has two master’s degrees, one in Old Testament and one in New Testament, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and she was the recipient of the Gordon-Conwell’s New Testament and Greek Award in 2020. She also worked in the admissions office at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for five years, overseeing enrollment management initiatives in the southeast region.
“Authors are just going to love working with Rachel. She knows publishing, higher education, and biblical studies—a powerful combination—and she overflows with energy to engage with authors and their work. They will find her to be a powerful ally and coworker in a shared mission to benefit readers and scholars,” Boyd said. “Her passion runs strong for digging into Scripture with all the scholarly tools at our collective disposal, and she’s no less passionate about making sure a book communicates to its audience.”
“I am thrilled to serve InterVarsity Press as an associate academic editor,” Hastings said. “IVP Academic has sought for many years to facilitate meaningful conversations at the intersection of the academy and the church. I believe we need thoughtful, diverse, and academically rigorous voices in these conversations now more than ever before, and I look forward to advocating for these voices in my new position.”
In addition to her graduate studies, Hastings has worked closely alongside her husband in full-time ministry both stateside and overseas in Cape Town, South Africa. They currently live outside Chicago with their three children.