Credo Associates

Credo Communications is pleased to work with some of the best in the business. With over 80 years of combined experience, these literary associates have worked for some of the largest publishers and best nonprofits for decades, and they are authors themselves. We are proud to be associated with them.

Drew Chamberlin

Andrew Chamberlin, JD, believes he found God’s calling for his life at Credo Communications. In 2016 Drew joined Credo as literary representative and intellectual property specialist.

Drew earned his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While there, he was the recipient of several academic awards, including certificates of merit for receiving the highest grade among his peers in both Property Law and Entertainment Law. These two subject areas spurred his interest in the publishing industry, while giving him a broad base of knowledge in relevant contract and intellectual property issues.

In addition to his JD, Drew holds a BA in economics from Michigan State University. He feels that his time at MSU honed his critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. After graduation, Drew returned to the Grand Rapids area to work in sales for several years. While he loved sales for the opportunity to form new relationships and solve problems in creative ways, he decided to leave the field to further develop his writing, negotiation, and analytical skills by obtaining his law degree.

Drew is frequently sought out by family, friends, and acquaintances for his gift of listening to problems and guiding people through challenging times. He is incredibly excited to use this gift to partner with Credo authors to help their dreams and passions come to fruition.

While he has a voracious appetite for reading and learning, Drew also has a love for cooking international cuisine. He also loves to travel and experience new things, has a great sense of humor, and always seeks to spend quality time with his family. Born and raised in West Michigan, Drew resides in northwest Grand Rapids with his wife, Carissa, and their seven-year-old son, Peyton.

“We are so grateful to have Drew on board,” Tim Beals says. “He turned down several other job offers to join our team. Now more than ever, Credo is positioned to offer a full array of services to our many publishing partners and our growing list of accomplished authors.”

 

Karen Neumair

Credo senior literary agent Karen Neumair feels she’s reached a rewarding end of a journey when she can celebrate a noteworthy milestone with the dozens of authors she works with.

“The most powerful moment for me is holding an author’s book in my hands for the first time,” says Karen. “All the work we’ve done to put together this beautiful product makes the time and effort worth it.”

As a Credo agent, Karen makes it her mission to match authors with the right publisher. She accomplishes this all-important task by assisting authors with their book proposals and connecting them with potential publishers.

“Most authors don’t know the more than 200 editors who are on my list, and that number is frequently growing,” says Karen. “We have a lot of connections.”

Karen became connected with the world of Christian publishing shortly before she graduated from Cornerstone University, where she distinguished her academic competence by graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Karen initially had an eye on a career in education and was set to begin her final semester of student teaching when she sensed God had other plans for her life’s direction. Her English professor and mentor asked if she had ever considered a career in editing and publishing. It was the Aha! moment Karen had been waiting for. Her professor soon introduced her to Credo founder and president Tim Beals, for whom she initially worked as an intern before hiring on as a literary agent in 2009.

“It was clearly an act of God in my life,” says Karen.

Most of the time, Karen works alongside authors writing for a 20- to 30-something reading audience pertaining to spiritual growth, as well as topics geared toward women. The focus of Credo’s mission is satisfying to Karen.

“It’s so empowering to my authors and to me to get our passion out there and to share it with other believers,” says Karen.

Originally from the Chicago area, Karen lives in Grand Rapids with her three children and husband, Chris. She enjoys the “small-big” city amenities Grand Rapids offers in much the same way she enjoys Chicago’s suburbs. “One moment you’re in a pumpkin patch and a few moments later you’re in downtown Grand Rapids,” says Karen. “Grand Rapids isn’t as big as Chicago, but there are a lot of cool things going on here.”

Even though she spends her work-week poring over book proposals and manuscripts, Karen’s idea of a refreshing time alone is to grab a good book and read it fireside at her local Panera Bread.

Despite her academic and career accomplishments, Karen’s highest priority is to be known as a woman who walks with God.