William (Bill) Jensen has worked in book publishing for over 40 years. He has discovered, launched, and championed the publishing careers of numerous best selling authors.
From 1976-1999 he worked at Harvest House Publishers as the Vice President of Sales in addition to working as an Acquisition Editor and Editor. While there, he acquired books and helped launch the publishing careers of authors such as Stormie Omartian, Thomas Kinkade, Debby Boone, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Lisa Samson, F. LaGard Smith and many others. During his 22 years at Harvest House he also worked with Kay Arthur, Bill and Pam Farrel, Janet Parshell, Greg Laurie, Sandra Kuck, and Emilie Barnes, to name a few. He conceived and carried out the vision for the four-color gift book division that became a leader in gift book publishing.
From 1999-2004, Bill was the Vice President of Editorial at Multnomah Publishers. (During the “Jabez” years.) While there he acquired books by Tony Evans, Pat Robertson, Lisa Whelchel, Jennifer Rothschild, Terry Muewssen, Lisa Ryan, Mark Buchanan, Robin Jones Gunn, Jill and Stuart Briscoe, Erwin Lutzer, Kay Coles James, Russell Cronkhite, Greg Laurie, Kathy Herman, Nancy Stafford, Michael Card, Mark Hitchcock, Lois Evans, Nancy Rue, and many others. Besides working with the above authors, he also worked on bestselling books by Dr. James Dobson, Shirley Dobson, Gloria Gaither, Shaunti Feldhahn, Joni Eareckson Tada, Andy Stanley, Sheri Rose Shepherd, and others.
From May 2004-July 2005, Bill served at Crossway Books as an Associate Publisher and Vice President of Bibles and Product Development. During this time he promoted the English Standard Version Bible to Christian leaders, acquired books, and did editorial oversight work with authors.
Bill has worked in all genres of book publishing, including Bibles, Christian living, devotionals, exposés, fiction, children’s books, gift books, biographies, collections, cookbooks, revisions, etc. He has an established reputation of identifying emerging trends. Bill’s ability to recognize target markets, develop messages for a mass audience, and bring creativity to the entire publishing process has made him a trusted collaborator with authors.
It may be that Bill’s gift for creativity is his greatest asset to an author and their book project. His ideas for books have been published by authors such as Dr. James Dobson, Kay Arthur, D. James Kennedy, Mark Hitchcock, Jeff Kinley, Allison Pittman, Christa Parrish, Emilie Barnes, Debby Boone, Lisa Samson, Sandra Kuck, Thomas Kinkade, Heather Kopp, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Nancy Stafford and others.
In writing his personal mission statement Bill affirmed, “To serve the Church of Jesus Christ through Christian book publishing, to the glory of God.” It is his desire to work with authors in the same way he always has, with the goal of building up the Church through Christian literature. According to Bill, “It’s not about the amount of books sold, but the number of individuals touched. It’s about the people who desire a fresh revelation of the grace of God, a more effective prayer life, a better marriage, family life, peace of mind, greater understanding, inspirational storytelling—who, in their need, search out a book. Ultimately, it’s about serving God and serving those He loves.” Soli Deo Gloria.
Opening on October 15, 2005, the William K Jensen Literary Agency has contracted numerous books with publishers such as Thomas Nelson, Waterbrook, Multnomah, Integrity, Revell, Zondervan, B&H, David C Cook, Kregel, Harvest House, Random House Children’s Books, Tyndale, Crossway, Bethany House, Worthy, FaithWords, and others.
Bill is married to Sheila and has four daughters, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Marissa, sons-in-law Paul and Jeff, and three grandsons, Luke, Aaron, and Levi. His other loves include fly-fishing Oregon rivers, which he runs in his driftboat. He has been a cooking enthusiast for years, which benefits family and friends. He is passionate about classical music and opera. Bill served as a board member for Eugene Opera for three years and has attended over 80 opera performances. (Don’t get him started).
Ruth Samsel has a rich and varied work history spanning over 25 years in Christian retail and publishing. As a young child you could find Ruth in her father’s Christian bookstore stocking shelves, pricing merchandise, and bagging customer’s purchases. Later she would go on to manage this same store which was recognized as one of the finest and most beautiful in the Christian Book Association. It was during these formative years that Ruth fell in love with books and saw the impact they had in the lives of her customers.
In 1990, Ruth joined Carpentree Framed Art as their National Sales Manager and member of their product development team. During her four years there she expanded and managed Carpentree’s sales force, supervised and managed four permanent showrooms, and developed strategic sales and marketing programs for Christian retail stores as well as major accounts such as Christian Book Distributors, Family Book Stores, Lifeway, and Mardell’s.
In 1994, Harvest House Publishers hired Ruth to help start and direct their new gift book division. At Harvest House she had a duel role as both Creative Director and National Sales Manager. As an acquisitions editor she acquired books and worked with authors such as, Kay Arthur, Emilie Barnes, Susan Wales, Pam Farrel, Norm Wright, Bruce Marchiano, and others. She also acquired the works of numerous best selling artists such as Sandra Kuck, Sandy Clough, Donny Finley, Jim Daly, Jack Terry, Michal Sparks, and others. However, Ruth’s greatest asset to Harvest House was her creativity. She conceived, created and managed the editorial process of over a 100 bestselling books and products. As the National Sales Manager for Harvest House Gifts, Ruth single-handedly opened and managed 10 showrooms throughout the United States with over 120 sales people. In just five short years, Harvest House Gift Books was generating over 13 million dollars in annual sales.
In 2000, Ruth was hired by Multnomah Publishers as Executive Director of their newly created division, Blue Cottage Gifts, where she created new book and gift products and ensured brand excellence. After her time at Multnomah she went on to consult with Christian publishers, gift companies, and retailers.
Ruth is an exercise enthusiast, a professional designer who delights in helping friends create a lovely home, and she loves antiquing and repurposing items to redeem their beauty. Ruth has attended the same church her entire life. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Michael and her rescued black lab, Farley.
Teresa Evenson has worked in the Christian publishing industry for more than 19 years. She has served as a publicist for numerous bestselling authors, worked as a publicity consultant, opened her own publicity firm and has hosted several author media training workshops. In addition, she has taught publicity and marketing classes across the U.S. and into Canada at Christian writer’s conferences.
From 1991 to 2005, she was the Senior Publicist and Manager of Media Relations at Harvest House Publishers and was recognized as one of the most experienced and respected publicists. She has worked with over 500 authors, writing their press kits, creating a unique hook, and pitching them to the appropriate media. She has worked on major campaigns for Lysa TerKerust, Stormie Omartian, Bill & Pam Farrell, Kay Arthur, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Bruce Wilkerson, Debby Boone, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, H. Norman Wright, and Jack Hanna. Teresa has booked authors on literally thousands of Christian and general national programs including Oprah,Regis & Kelley, Fox & Friends, O’Reilly Factor, The 700 Club, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Life Today w/James Robison, Moody Broadcasting, LeSEA Broadcasting, Daystar, BET, ABC, INSP, TBN and The David Letterman Show.
From 2005 to 2011 Teresa ran her own publicity firm called T.E.A.M., where she continued her work as a publicist and added publicity consultant and media training for authors as well.
In 2014, she joined the William K. Jensen Literary Agency as a literary agent. She brings her rich experience of crafting winning proposals, strong personal communication skills, and work ethic to assist authors in their writing career.
Teresa is a graduate of the University Of Oregon School Of Journalism. She loves to travel, explore new places and cultures and has a deep love for the country of Israel. She has spent a summer living in Israel and speaks conversational Hebrew.
The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Teresa has been a member of the same church for more than 40 years. She has taught the Bible for 25 years, teaching at every level, from children’s church, to middle school, high school, college students, and adults. She was the Director of Evangelism for three years and organized an annual community-wide block party as well as an annual community Harvest Party.
Teresa and her husband live in Eugene, Oregon, along with their two teenage children.