Dr John W. Wilson, one of the founders of Acorn Press and its long-time Chair, lectured in the Old Testament and Hebrew at Ridley College, Melbourne for 13 years before serving as Bishop of the Southern Region in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne for the next 22 years. He was a graduate of London, Yale and Duke Universities and the author of several books. In 2010 he published the major study of Christianity alongside Islam, which won second prize in the 2011 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards.