ECPA's Rush To PressAbingdon Press Welcomes Russ Sellars as New Director of Trade Sales


Brenda Smotherman
Associate Publicity Manager
Phone: 615-749-6290

(Nashville, TN) – Abingdon Press has announced the hiring of Russ Sellars to their seasoned sales team as the new Director of Trade Sales effective immediately.

Sellars has over 25 years of experience in sales, leadership, and team development and most recently served with NavPress as Key Accounts Manager.  Prior to that, Sellars was with Group Publishing where he managed the Trade Sales team of inside and outside sales representatives in strengthening  performance of retail and internet channels, as well as opening new channels of distribution.  Earlier in his career he spent several years with Zondervan as Director of National Accounts and Word Publishing as Sales Manager.  A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Russ Sellars started his career managing bookstores for Family Christian and LifeWay.
“Russ is known for his solutions-focused sales management and proven background in employing analysis and business intelligence aimed at identifying target markets and opportunities. This type of strategic vision is the perfect match for our company’s initiatives,” noted Tamara Crabtree, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales at Abingdon Press. “Likewise, his dedication to building solid relationships and customer loyalty will serve our books and resources well in today’s marketplace.”
“My family and I feel honored to join the Abingdon Press team and can’t wait to see what God has in store for this new chapter of life,” said Sellars.
Abingdon Press is the publishing imprint for The United Methodist Publishing House and has a tradition of crossing denominational boundaries with thought-provoking and enjoyable books. It has a commitment to providing the best, most effective religious publications available which include a wide array of quality Christian living, fiction, devotional, academic, professional, and reference titles published each year to enrich church communities across the globe.  Visit them online at