Credo Associates

Credo Communications is pleased to work alongside some of the best in the business, with over 50 years of combined experience. We are proud to be associated with them.

Karen Neumair

Credo COO 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 and Kuyper College, where she distinguished her academic career 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. After initially serving as an intern, Karen joined the company in 2009 as a literary agent and was promoted to Senior Literary Agent four years later.

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. After becoming the Chief Operating Officer in 2018, her responsibilities expanded to also include agency innovation, staff development, strategic author acquisitions, and oversight of publisher relations.

“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 now lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and their four children. 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 public library.

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

 

Pete Ford

Pete Ford feels at home on the couch with a book or behind a keyboard with tracked changes on.

When he was a youngster, Pete begged his mom to teach him to read so that he could read his Bible. Since then, he has continued devouring words. He spent his freshman year of high school writing a dystopian novel and designing the cover—both are as terrible as they sound, but he says it was a necessary learning experience. Soon after, a mentor asked Pete to edit some manuscripts and format them for Amazon, launching Pete on a path toward publishing.

Between high school and college, Pete grew a freelance business, building websites and supporting authors by coordinating the self-publishing process. He can still remember the thrill the first time he bought his first ISBNs and created barcodes for them.

During this time he audited an editing class at Cornerstone University taught by Credo founder and president Tim Beals. In the class, Ford read a biography of the famous editor Max Perkins, which immediately clicked with his passions. “Editing is much more than fixing typos,” says Pete; “it includes shepherding authors to write their best.”

Soon after attending the 2016 Festival of Faith & Writing, he decided to pursue a degree in literature at Calvin University. “I have always been fascinated by how culture shapes the books that are published and vice versa. I figured that learning about the history of publishing would prepare me to help the future of publishing.”

During his time at Calvin, he was the managing editor of Chimes, the student newspaper. He also worked for three years as a Hudson-Townsend Student Fellow at the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing, which hosts the biennial Festival of Faith & Writing, bringing his journey at Calvin full circle.

Pete has also worked as the web services coordinator at Apricot Services. In 2019 he was awarded an Emerging Leader scholarship to PubU for his work at Apricot Services. He has been on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee since 2016.

After holding an internship at Credo, Pete was hired on as a literary agent and publishing coordinator fresh out of college. “I’m excited to equip authors by weaving together my experience with words and technology in this role,” he says. He focuses on authors who represent thoughtful engagement with and participation in the church.