CATHERINE DEVRIES PROMOTED TO PUBLISHER AT DAVID C COOK
Lisa Beech, Associate Director of Publicity
719-536-0100, ext. 3022, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Springs, Colo., February 12, 2016 – David C Cook is proud to announce that children’s publishing veteran Catherine DeVries has been promoted to publisher of children’s resources. Formerly associate publisher and brand manager for the Action Bibleseries, DeVries is now publisher of Tru, Bible-in-Life (children), Echoes, Scripture Press, the Action Bible Collection, and all children’s books.
DeVries is a children’s author herself, having written over 20 books for children, including the bestselling Adventure Bible Storybook. A graduate of Calvin College, DeVries has garnered considerable critical acclaim, including three Retailer’s Choice awards and a Gold Medallion.
The Action Bible Collection has sold over 1 million copies under DeVries’ leadership. In addition, free copies of the Gospel of John, taken from The Action Bible, have been distributed to 625,000 teens and preteens in China. Cook is also in the process of distributing 250,000 copies of The Story of Jesus in the Action Bible line to children in Cuba, continuing Cook’s decades-long commitment to legally provide millions of books to the people and churches of Cuba.
DeVries says, “I’m looking forward to leading David C Cook’s vision for children’s resources under this new structure. Children need high-quality, engaging products that relate to daily life. We want to equip and encourage families to naturally extend conversations about God and faith beyond church on Sunday. As a mother of three, I plan to combine what I have learned as a parent with sound strategy and vision for continuing Cook’s legacy as a leader in children’s publishing.”
DeVries’ promotion is part of David C Cook’s recent development of the Learning Resources Strategic Ministry Unit (SMU). The SMU realigned trade books and curriculum after the 2015 acquisition of Standard Publishing and Gospel Light resources. DeVries joins Matthew Lockhart and Lindsay Black as publishers within the SMU.
Executive publisher Verne Kenney says, “Catherine’s leadership, her writing gifts, and her heart for families have helped to make David C Cook’s children’s resources what they are today. We look forward to seeing our children’s books and curriculum reach even more families at home and around the world in the years to come.”
DeVries also serves on the board of the Tween Gospel Alliance. She lives with her husband and their three children near Colorado Springs.
David C Cook is a leading nonprofit organization serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Tennessee, Canada, and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, David C Cook today publishes numerous bestselling fiction and nonfiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which publishes many of the top songs sung in churches worldwide, including “Revelation Song,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Your Great Name,” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.davidccook.com.