07 October

Katya Covrett named v-p, publisher for Zondervan’s acclaimed academic imprint  

(Grand Rapids, Mich.) October 7, 2022 — Today, Zondervan announced the promotion of Katya Covrett to vice president, publisher for the publishing group’s academic imprint, Zondervan Academic. Covrett, who has been serving the imprint as associate publisher for the past year, will lead the acquisition, editorial development, and overall title strategy moving forward.

Covrett has more than 20 years of editorial experience at Zondervan, specifically focusing on academic, ministry, and reference books. Throughout her tenure, Covrett has been part of the editorial team responsible for works including The Story of God Bible Commentary series edited by Tremper Longman III and Scot McKnight, The New Testament in Its World by N. T. Wright and Michael F. Bird, and The Mission of God’s People by Christopher J. H. Wright. Her institutional pedigree includes a Bachelor of Arts in English linguistics from Khabarovsk State Pedagogical University, a Master of Theological Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in systematic theology and biblical studies and she is now a PhD candidate in the New Testament at the University of Aberdeen.  

“Katya has already proven herself in all areas of the publishing industry and she is greatly appreciated by her colleagues and the authors she works with,” commented Stan Gundry, senior v-p, Group Publisher, and Zondervan editor-in-chief. “She brings extensive publishing experience, impressive academic credentials, and a passion for her work. I look forward to seeing the ways Zondervan Academic develops under her leadership.”  

Covrett remarked, “I am thankful to the company’s leadership for the recognition of the work I have invested in our academic program over the past twenty years. I feel a deep personal resonance with the mission of Zondervan Academic—to reflect the breadth, both theological and global, of the great Christian tradition and the diversity of the worldwide Body of Christ. In this new role, I look forward to continued partnership with the scholarly community, with my authors and my colleagues to create excellent books in service of the academy and the church worldwide.”  

To learn more about Zondervan Academic, visit www.zondervan.com/zondervanacademic/.  


Zondervan, a worldwide leading Christian publisher of books and Bibles, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Its publications include a variety of Bible translations for all ages; books in different genres and subject areas for the general reader; curriculum for individual and group Bible study; books for children and young adults; academic resources including textbooks and reference books; ministry resources; and books on faith and culture. Zondervan is based in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, visit www.zondervan.com.

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11 March

Zondervan officially launches two imprints: Zondervan Reflective and Zondervan Academic

(Grand Rapids, Mich.)—With nearly a ninety-year history of publishing Christian content that is both thought-provoking and trusted, Zondervan announced today the official launch of Zondervan Reflective and Zondervan Academic.

Zondervan Reflective is a new imprint featuring the familiar voices of Christian leaders, pastors, and leaders in ministry like Andy Stanley, Clay Scroggins, J.D. Greear, and Peter Scazzero. Books in this imprint aim to spur readers toward insight and responsible action in their personal lives and in the public realm. Zondervan Reflective focuses on deep, yet applicable content, and will address topics related to leadership, the intersection of faith and culture, and growing and exploring a reader’s ministry.

Ryan Pazdur, associate publisher and executive editor for Zondervan Reflective commented, “Zondervan Reflective books are more than just good, engaging reads—they inspire action and call for a response. Our goal for this imprint is to be part of the conversation and to engage our readers, providing answers or perspective around really tough questions that Christianity is facing today.”

While Zondervan has been a well-established brand in the academic space for decades, the creation of the Zondervan Academic imprint brings additional focus to the market. “As a leader in Christian higher education and digital learning, Zondervan Academic seeks to show the breadth and diversity—both theologically and globally—of Christianity in its broadly evangelical expression,” says Katya Covrett, executive editor. “As a publisher of textbooks, reference books, and monographs, we consider ourselves both a broker of ideas and an equipping partner for our readers, wherever they are teaching and learning.”

Upcoming titles in the Zondervan Reflective imprint include Clay Scroggins’ How to Lead in a World of Distraction (September 2019), a follow-up to the bestselling How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge. Lead titles this fall for the Zondervan Academic imprint include The New Testament in Its World by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird and America’s Religious History by historian Thomas S. Kidd (both November 2019).

Stanley N. Gundry, senior v-p and publisher, will oversee both Zondervan Reflective and Zondervan Academic. “This creation of two distinct imprints,” notes Gundry, “will position us for growth and better align our publishing with Zondervan’s future while retaining continuity with our eighty-eight years of history in publishing for the academy and a general readership concerned with the ideas, issues, and future of Christianity.”

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Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into hundreds of languages. Zondervan main office is located in Grand Rapids, MI.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.