Christian Book Editors

The editors and proofreaders listed on this page share a passion for their Christian faith and for working with authors who have a message to share with the world. Many of the books these editors have written and edited have been published by major Christian publishing houses, including Zondervan, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Bethany House, Moody, David C Cook, and others. They also have extensive experience with helping authors self-publish through services like Amazon CreateSpace.

Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett

Writing and Editing Experience

Linda has provided developmental editing, APA editing, substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading services to clients around the world:

  • More than 50 dissertations for Ph.D. candidates
  • More than 200 master’s theses and academic submissions for grad students
  • Fiction and nonfiction for published authors, including novels, short stories, poetry, religion, and philosophy
  • Business and marketing collateral for Fortune 500 companies
  • More than 100 peer-reviewed articles for academic and scientific journals
  • More than 35 IT books published by Sybex, Ventana, Macmillan, and Sage
  • Research reports and surveys for government organizations
  • Website content, business plans, corporate overviews, and case studies
  • An efficient, versatile, award-winning editor, Linda is an expert in APA and Chicago Manual styles, is experienced with MLA and AP styles, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Michael Dennis

Michael Dennis

Book Editor and Proofreader - Christian Fiction and Nonfiction

I’m a copy editor and developmental editor with 15 years experience in publishing. I specialize in religious-themed books, and I have expertise in the beliefs and practices of many Christian denominations and faith expressions.

Much of my background is with books about the Amish, Mennonites, and other so-called Plain or Old Order groups. My knowledge base also extends to Catholicism and the mainstream Protestant denominations. Besides religion, my interests as an editor include history, music, and current events. I have edited fiction and nonfiction for religious publishers, as well as trade books for general interest mainstream publishers.

John David Kudrick

John David Kudrick

Christian Fiction and Nonfiction

With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and nearly two decades of editorial/writing experience, John David has been privileged to work with some of the finest publishers in the nation, including Bethany House, David C Cook, Barbour, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins’ Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels.

To date, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor on more than 175 published titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world.

Steven Severn

Steven Severn

Award-Winning Ghostwriter, Screenwriter, Editor, and Writing Coach for 6 #1 Bestselling Books

STEPHEN SEVERN is an award-winning ghostwriter, editor, screenwriter and writing coach. Mentored by Academy Award-winning writer Stewart Stern (Rebel Without A Cause), Stephen served as editor for the #1 best-sellers Tears For My City and The Revved Life. He also served as consultant for Robert Beatty’s New York Times #1 best-selling Serafina series of children’s books, published by Disney Hyperion, and as editor for the blog of #1 best-selling Christian author Emerson Eggerichs.

Stephen’s work as editor has resulted in 25 international awards. In addition, his ghostwritten screenplay was winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival, and a runner-up at the prestigious Circus Road Script Competition. He’s written for rock magazines and heavy metal websites, film and TV reviews, and ghostwritten or edited more than 30 published books.

He specializes in rescuing, restoring and reawakening broken dreams. It would be his honor to help reawaken yours.

Joya Stevenson

Joya Stevenson

Religion and Spirituality

In the broad area of religion, spirituality, and the Bible, Joya works with original thinkers, inspired visionaries and mystics, theologians and biblical interpreters, researchers and academics.

Credentials include:

The Study of Religion: Scholar in Biblical and Religious Studies (Ph.D, Harvard University).
Spiritual and Personal Development: Professional Coach
Interfaith Chaplain.

Thomas Wray

Thomas Wray

Christian Book Editor and Bookcrafter

I'm a veteran editor and writer, with four decades of full-time work in book publishing, focusing especially on Christian books of all kinds. I’ve also edited numerous business and leadership books, memoirs, and fiction titles.

I’ve partnerered with dozens of respected communicators in bringing out many notable works. These authors have included Louie Giglio, Carolyn Castleberry, Henry Blackaby, J. I. Packer, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Randy Alcorn, Thelma Wells, Richard Blackaby, Tony Evans, John MacArthur, Larry Crabb, Larry Osborne, Andy Stanley, and Dave Harvey, to name just a few.

Many of my editing projects have involved extensive collaborative writing—especially developing content from various author sources such as sermon transcripts, message outlines, letters, and journal entries. I’ve worked to maintain the author’s voice and style, and I’m grateful to have often been commended by authors for doing exactly that.

As an author, I’m currently writing the third novel in a trilogy of historical fiction (currently being agented for consideration by publishers). I’ve also written extensively for children (using a pen name), with more than twenty books published. Three of my books were winners of the Christian Book Award (the “Gold Medallion”) from the ECPA trade publishers association.