01 November

Ryan Pazdur named v-p and publisher for Zondervan Reflective and Study Resources

(Nashville, Tenn.) November 1, 2021—Today, HarperCollins Christian Publishing announced Ryan Pazdur’s promotion to v-p and publisher for Zondervan Reflective and Study Resources. In this role, Pazdur will lead and manage the publishing programs for both product groups, including the acquisition, editorial development, and overall title strategy.

Pazdur joined Zondervan 13 years ago and has spent the past 10 years serving as associate publisher and executive editor. Pazdur began his tenure at the company acquiring and editing church, ministry, and academic books, and in 2019 helped lead the launch of the Zondervan Reflective imprint. Prior to this he spent 11 years as a pastor, while also working as a freelance editor. As associate publisher, Pazdur worked on New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby, as well as with award-winning authors Timothy Keller and Pete Scazzero. He has also developed and shepherded publishing partnerships with the Exponential Network, The Gospel Coalition, Saddleback, North Point Ministries, and Seedbed Publishing. Pazdur earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and Bachelor of Science in engineering from Hope College, a Master of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology in systematic theology from Calvin Theological Seminary.

“Ryan’s education, pastoral experience, and editorial expertise have prepared him well to take on the publishing leadership of Zondervan Reflective and Study Resources,” commented Stan Gundry, senior v-p, Group Publisher, and Zondervan editor-in-chief. “Ryan has not only acquired and edited bestsellers but has been the driving force in launching and guiding the Zondervan Reflective imprint. I have full confidence in his ability to lead this capable team.”

Pazdur remarked, “I’m grateful every day for the work I do—partnering with our authors and our amazing team to bring timely and significant content to our readers. I’m excited to step into this new role and continue serving our authors and readers by publishing books that encourage, challenge, and stretch their thinking while helping them better engage God’s Word in everyday life.”

To learn more about Zondervan Reflective, visit zondervan.com/zondervanreflective.

11 February

Dale Williams named associate editor for Thomas Nelson Study Resources

(Grand Rapids, Mich.) February 11, 2021—HarperCollins Christian Publishing today announced Dale Williams as an associate editor for Thomas Nelson Study Resources. 

Williams has been with the organization for two years as a visual content editor focused on the Zondervan Academic, Zondervan Reflective, and Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Bible product lines. He worked on several notable projects including the 2020 NIV Study Bible and The New Testament in Its World by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird.  

In his new role, Williams will be responsible for managing backlist development and new title acquisition, as well as editorial process management primarily for Thomas Nelson Study Resources, reporting to Ryan Pazdur, associate publisher for Zondervan Academic, Zondervan Reflective, and Thomas Nelson Study Resources.

“Dale’s previous contributions as visual editor and experience managing the editorial process, along with his seminary training and background in ministry, make him a great fit for this new role. We are excited to have him join our team,” said Pazdur.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Seminary California.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, BibleGateway.com, FaithGateway.com and ChurchSource.com.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space. Bible Gateway is the world’s largest Christian website with more than 20 million unique monthly visitors. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico. For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.  

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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