2014 Christian Retailing’s Best Award, Christian Living: Practical Life, Winner: What Do We Tell the Children? by Joseph M. Primo

2014 Book Award for Excellence in Missiology, To All Nations from All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement (Abingdon Press, 2013) by Carlos Orlandi Cardoza and Justo González. This award is granted to recognize a recent publication of distinction in an area related to the field of missiology and mission studies published in 2013.

2013 Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Adult Non-fiction, Travel Guide, Gold Winner, An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land for Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims by Lamontte M. Luker

Saddlebag Selection 2013, presented by The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church for The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley, Vol. 12, edited by Randy Maddox, Abingdon Press, Best Book on United Methodist History, 2013.

Saddlebag Selection 2010, presented by The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church for The Methodist Experience in America: A History by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe, and Jean Miller Schmidt and Abingdon Press, Best Book on United Methodist History, 2010.

David A. Thompson and Darlene Wetterstrom, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans, named one of the Top Ten Books by the Academy of Parish Clergy as Parish Ministry, 2010

Lloyd Rediger, The Toxic Congregation: How to Heal the Soul of Your Church, named one of the Top Ten Books by the Academy of Parish Clergy as Parish Ministry, 2008

Leander E. Keck, Romans: Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, named Best Book Relating to the New Testament by the Biblical Archaeology Society, 2007.

Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett, Can You Believe in God and Evolution: A Guide for the Perplexed, named a Book of Distinction by the Templeton Foundation, 2006 and awarded two grants by Templeton Publishers, 2006, 2007.

Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett, Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation, and Convergence, named a Book of Distinction by the Templeton Foundation, 2005.

Peter Storey, With God in the Crucible: Preaching Costly Discipleship, named one of the Best Books for Preachers by Preaching Magazine, 2003.


There is a science of editing and an art of editing. Kathy Armistead combines both.  From the title page to the index, she is an expert companion and academic colleague, alert to audience interest, precision of nuance, and clarity in communicating. Kathy honors authors as persons, not just marketable producers of books. I have valued and will continue to prize each moment we have worked together. —Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Dr.Theol., Professor of Pastoral Care, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

I can honestly say I’ve not found a better editor, encourager, creative thinker in the business.  She knows our field backwards and forwards and has a keen eye to discern what sort of writing projects are going to work, and with which audience.  She is good with the whole process of going from composition to production, and insists on high production values when something is published under her supervision.  I would also add that she is one of the most congenial and careful editors I have ever had, easy to work with, but rightly demanding of an author that they produce their very best work for publication.  Should you have occasion to hire her you will find her a good colleague, a team player, and someone you can count on to do things on time and well. –Dr. Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

Kathy Armistead brings a unique blend of talents to the editorial process. The eye for clarity an author always hope for in an editor is ever-present, quick to spot what might puzzle a reader. As she has engaged with my prose, she has also articulated a sense of how underlying patterns of thought might be enhanced. Finally, her experience in the field enables her to know what readers would like to know: her authors can be confident that they are writing for a real audience. –Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College, Annandale, New York

I am delighted to know that Dr. Kathy Armistead will be available to assist scholars in the academic world and other authors, especially in the field of religious studies, with their writing, editing, and publishing projects. Kathy is a keen, insightful advisor to all of us who have academic interests that we want to move from accumulated research to published volumes. She has assisted me with books that I have produced in the past several years, offering wise counsel and great guidance. Kathy Armistead knows how to help authors assess their potential audiences and how to help authors write with the greatest clarity for the benefit of their readers. –William B. Lawrence, Professor of American Church History, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

I highly recommend Kathy Armistead as editor, coach, and companion on the journey of writing. The book that Kathy edited for me is much richer and more relevant because of her wisdom, clarity, and guidance. I continue to be grateful for her contributions to a world that needs fine thinking and writing now more than ever. —Lee Franklin, author of A Pastor’s Practical Guide to Funerals: Offering Help, Reassurance, and Hope (Abingdon Press, 2013) and Supervisor, Chaplain Services at North Kansas City Hospital


Of all the acquisition editors I’ve worked with, Kathy Armistead is my favorite. She has a nose for sniffing out what’s current; and she employs sound judgment to fit quality writing to the situation. Along with my co-author, Martinez Hewlett, she sowed the seeds of a germinal idea, fertilized, and nourished its growth, and finally we all enjoyed the harvest of three fine publications. ​I’d gladly work with her again; and I wish her all the best for her professional future.— Ted Peters, co-author of Can You Believe in God and Evolution?

I found Kathy Armistead to be an excellent editor. She understands that whenever possible complex ideas should be expressed in an accessible and engaging manner. She interacts in respectful and constructive ways with authors. And perhaps most importantly, Kathy strives to bring an author’s voice out more clearly, rather than heavy-handedly attempting to impose her own style and editorial voice on the book. –Joel S. Kaminsky, Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of Bible, Religion Department, Smith College

Kathy Armistead is a wise, attentive editor with a broad and deep set of expertise. She shares her wisdom respectfully to bring out the best in an author’s work for readers. She listens closely not only to the author, but also to audiences and the shifting landscapes of interests and needs. She has a keen sense of the process and logistics required to bring a project to print—including responsive communication—as well as the significancof a project’s impact. Working with Kathy Armistead is among my best experiences as an author. –Laceye Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies Duke University Divinity School

Kathy Armistead is one of those rare editors who has the gift of deeply sensing what an author is trying to accomplish. Her years of experience in the publishing industry give her insights that can help an author frame proposals and manuscripts likely to find contracts. Beyond that, she’s simply a delightful person to work with. I’m happy to recommend her with great enthusiasm!–Ted A. Campbell, Professor of Church History, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

I worked closely with Kathy in writing my Critical Introduction to the New Testament (Abingdon, 2005). She was a superb editor, with a good eye for detail, instinctive sensibilities about style, and unfailing resourcefulness. It was a pleasure working with her. And more importantly, she helped me write a better book.–Carl Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Studies, Emory University

I have worked with Kathy Armistead on several writing projects. Her advice and guidance were invaluable improving the readability of the writer’s work.–Virginia T. Holeman, PhD., LMFT, LPCC, Chair, Department of Counseling and Pastoral Care Asbury Theological Seminary

Kathy Armistead is one of the best in the field—content editor, coach, writer par excellence! For over 15 years I’ve depended on her eagle eye, language fluency, and encouraging presence. I can say quite candidly that a number of my projects would not have come to fruition without her support and expertise. I recommend her wholeheartedly!–Louis Stulman, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy and Professor of Religion at The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.

Kathy Armistead is an outstanding editor with whom to work. She becomes a colleague in the writing process, providing wise critique and encouraging guidance. Her reliability is exceptional; she never fails to keep commitments and meet deadlines.–Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

Kathy Armistead is one of the best editors I have worked with. She is knowledgeable, careful, efficient, and committed to producing the best possible work. I have appreciated her wisdom and expertise. It has been a pleasure to work with her.–Warren Carter, author of What Does Revelation Reveal? (Abingdon, 2011); co-author with A. J. Levine of The New Testament: Methods and Meanings (Abingdon, 2013).