Random House Group

Convergent Team

TINA CONSTABLE, Executive Vice President & Publisher
Convergent, Forum Books, Image, Ink & Willow, Multnomah, WaterBrook

Over the course of her thirty-four-year career, Tina has had a variety of roles at Crown and Random House. A driving publishing force behind numerous #1 bestsellers across a wide range of categories, Tina brings her varied experience and unique abilities to provide a strategic and multi-faceted approach to our most important publications. As Publisher, she co-led the two-book publication strategy of A Promised Land by Barack Obama and Becoming by Michelle Obama. Tina has also overseen strategy for numerous bestselling books and authors, including George W. Bush, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Tim Tebow, Jennie Allen, Mark Batterson, Michael Todd, Charles Krauthammer, and Peter Thiel.

CAMPBELL WHARTON, Vice President & Deputy Publisher
Convergent, Forum Books, Image, Ink & Willow, Multnomah, WaterBrook

Campbell oversees publishing strategy and operations, using his expertise across marketing, sales, and publicity to launch and position books in the marketplace. He has led publications in multiple categories, including celebrity, music, pop culture, social justice, politics, business, religion, and current affairs, working with such notable authors as Tim Tebow, Daymond John, Michael Todd, Austin Channing Brown, Jon Meacham, Jennie Allen, Peter Thiel, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Richard Rohr, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Campbell started his publishing career in his native Australia in the production department at Random House. Campbell is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies.

KEREN BALTZER, Vice President & Editorial Director
Convergent and Image

Keren leads the nonfiction editorial team for the Convergent and Image imprints. She has focused her editorial career on promoting titles that Keren leads the editorial team for the Convergent and Image imprints. She has focused her editorial career on promoting titles that not only tell a great story but elicit a strong transformational, hope-filled response. At Convergent and Image, Keren has published a range of nonfiction bestselling authors including Jen Hatmaker (Simple & Free), Kate Bowler (Good Enough), Sister Joan Chittister (The Monastic Heart), Brant Pitre (Introduction to the Spiritual Life), Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Who Do You Say I Am?), and Matthew Paul Turner (I Am God’s Dream, children’s). She is currently working on books with best-selling author Kate Bowler, award-winning CNN contributor John Blake, bestselling author Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author Pope Francis, and children’s books with bestselling authors Rachel Held Evans/Matthew Paul Turner and Anthony DeStefano. She is acquiring in the categories of spiritual memoir, pop culture/celebrity, self-help, spiritual formation, lifestyle, social commentary, and children’s.

BECKY NESBITT, Editorial Director & Executive Editor
Convergent and Image
With more than 25 years of publishing experience Becky has spent her entire career helping to bring voices of faith to life.  Since joining Penguin Random House in 2019, Becky has edited a range of bestselling books, including Living Fully by Mallory Ervin, Liturgies for Hope by Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore, and New York Times bestseller, What We Wish Were True by Tallu Quinn. Prior to joining Penguin Random House Becky worked for Simon & Schuster where she edited numerous New York Times bestsellers including, The Baxter Family novels by Karen Kingsbury, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors, EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, Produced by Faith by Devon Franklin, The Rise of Isis by Jay Sekulow, and The Gift of Rest by Senator Joe Lieberman.  Becky acquires Christian living books as well as devotionals that offer spiritual inspiration. Additionally, she acquires lifestyle, entertainment, memoir, and leadership books. As the Director of the Image imprint, Becky is also looking for Catholic books that deepen and encourage readers’ spiritual well-being.

DEREK REED, Executive Editor
and Image
Derek joined the Crown Publishing Group in 2011 and has since edited a wide range of New York Times bestsellers, including Austin Channing Brown’s I’m Still Here, George W. Bush’s Out of Many, One and Portraits of Courage, Scott Harrison’s Thirst, Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ, Shaka Senghor’s Writing My Wrongs, and Jedidiah Jenkins’s To Shake the Sleeping Self. He is currently working on books with bestselling author Philip Yancey, New York Times opinion writers Ross Douthat and Esau McCaulley, CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers, @BlackLiturgies creator Cole Arthur Riley, comedian Kevin Fredericks (@kevonstage) and podcaster Melissa Fredericks, and three-time national championship–winning football coach Urban Meyer. Acquiring in the categories of memoir, current events, pop culture, leadership, sports, and psychology, Derek looks for authors with distinct voices, unforgettable stories, and ideas that shed new light on the defining questions of our day. 

MATTHEW BURDETTE, Associate Editor

Matt comes to PRH with nine years of experience as a freelance editor of religious nonfiction, focusing especially on Christian theology, religious cultural criticism, and radical politics. During his time freelance editing, Matt served in the Episcopal church as well as working with clergy and laity across denominations in an ecumenical organization, the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. Matt has a PhD in theology, with a special focus on theology of culture and Black Liberation Theology, and undergraduate and master’s degrees in religious studies. Matt is delighted to bring together his love of books with a passion for religious engagement with culture.

LEITA WILLIAMS, Editorial Assistant
Leita joined Convergent as an Editorial Assistant in 2021. She assists VP and Editorial Director Keren Baltzer, Executive Editor Derek Reed, and Executive Editor Becky Nesbitt. Leita is beyond thrilled to work alongside these brilliant editors on a diverse list of adult narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoirs, and lifestyle books, as well as multiple children’s books. Some of these acclaimed titles include New York Times bestsellers Good Enough by Kate Blowler and Jessica Richie, This Here Flesh by Cloe Arthur Riley, and What We Wish Were True by Tullu Quinn. With an interest in memoir, essays, creative nonfiction, and poetry—Leita is captivated by candid, redemptive storytelling that highlights human connection, inspires and champions creativity, and celebrates the diverse intersection of faith and culture, especially within the LGBTQ+ community.

JENNIFER REYES, Publishing Manager
Christian Publishing
Jennifer began her publishing career in 2005 as a publicity assistant before pivoting to editorial. As publishing manager, Jen manages faith-based titles across Convergent, Forum Books, Image, Ink & Willow, Multnomah and WaterBrook imprints. She works closely with the publishing team to oversee the frontlist and backlist titles, prepare timelines, and liaise with the marketing, publicity, and sales team to meet vital deadlines from acquisition to publication.