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PRH announces new staff for Christian imprints

Tina Constable, Executive Vice President and Publisher, WaterBrook, Multnomah, and Convergent, announced the following new additions to the editorial teams for WaterBrook, Multnomah and  Convergent.

KEREN BALTZER has joined Convergent Books as Editorial Director, reporting to me. Keren spent eight years at Guideposts as Copy Chief and then as Lead Nonfiction Editor. She later joined FaithWords, rising to become Senior Acquisitions Editor, acquiring and editing books such as YOU ARE ENOUGH by bestselling author Mandy Hale;  SACRED REST by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith;  PULL IT OFF by Julianna Zobrist;  PEOPLE I MET AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN by bestselling author Don Piper; BLESSED LIFE by actor and director Kim Fields; LOVE WELCOME SERVE by Amy Nelson Hannon, WHAT THEY MEANT FOR EVIL by Rebecca Deng (which recently received a starred PW review); and many more. Keren will be instrumental in helping us build the Convergent list, and bring in important new authors who will add to the evolving discourse within the Christian-publishing landscape.

BECKY NESBITT is joining us as Executive Editor, and will acquire books for WaterBrook. Based in Nashville, Becky has held various roles in her twenty-five years in Christian publishing. She spent sixteen years at Tyndale House in a number of positions, including Associate Publisher, before going to Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books, where her positions included Vice President, Editor-in-Chief. She also established her own Christian-content development consulting business and is well regarded within the publishing community for her astute editorial capabilities on all levels. The bestselling books she has worked on include KISSES FROM KATIE by Katie Davis; ENTRE LEADERSHIP by Dave Ramsey; PRODUCED BY FAITH by Devon Franklin; ON THE RIGHT TRACK by Marion Jones; and THE GIFT OF REST by Senator Joe Lieberman. Her other authors include Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, Jerry Jenkins, Randy Alcorn, Brad Paisley, Kevin Palau, Deeanne Gist, and Ken Coleman. Becky will report to Laura Barker, Editor-in-Chief of WaterBrook and Multnomah, and will continue to work from her Nashville office.

PAUL PASTOR has joined our team as Editor for WaterBrook and Multnomah. Paul brings to this role an impressive array of expert editorial skills, honed over the past ten years in his work as a freelance collaborator, writer, editor, and consultant, whose body of work encompasses more than forty Christian books. Among them: evangelist Luis Palau’s spiritual memoir, PALAU: A LIFE ON FIRE; David Bennett’s A WAR OF LOVES; Bruce Wilkinson’s THE FREEDOM FACTOR; and Ken Shigematsu’s SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE SOUL. His regular freelance clients have included The Bible Project, the Barna Group, Outreach magazine, Fuller Seminary, and many of the larger Christian publishing houses. He is also an author whose writing has been praised for its craft and its compelling approach to Christian spirituality. His short-form work has won more than a dozen Evangelical Press Association awards. Paul holds an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, and we are delighted that he will be applying his experience, talents, and passion to acquiring and editing titles for our imprints. Paul will report to Laura Barker, Editor-in-Chief of WaterBrook and Multnomah.

PORSCHA BURKE has joined our team as Senior Editor, Publishing Manager, Christian Projects. For the past fifteen years, Porscha has been a key member of the Random House division, where she has helped nurture the careers of new and established authors, supported publishing executives, and acquired works by Dr. Maya Angelou, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, and Chief David O. Brown, among others. Porscha will work closely with our publishing teams in New York and Colorado to coordinate our efforts to develop Christian gift products and illustrated children’s books, as well as other growth initiatives in our Christian publishing program. Porscha will report to Campbell Wharton, Vice President, Deputy Publisher of WaterBrook, Multnomah and Convergent.

Convergent, WaterBrook and Multnomah are imprints of Penguin Random House, LLC.