GRTS Alumnus of the Year
Katya Covrett (MTS '02)
2015 Recipient: Katya Covrett completed the Master of Theological Studies at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, graduating with highest honor in 2002. Just three months after graduation, she landed an editorial assistant position at Zondervan Academic, which publishes biblical and theological books that are used worldwide in academic institutions, churches, and personal studies. Her role at Zondervan was foreshadowed during her studies at GRTS when she received the Zondervan Greek Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of biblical Greek. Covrett was promoted several times in her first few years at Zondervan, moving from support roles to becoming one of the primary acquiring editors for academic books. Her handprint is on a lot of what you see in the Zondervan Academic catalogs from the past decade.
As Executive Editor, she works with authors from that initial stage, which she describes as, “a spark of excitement,” to holding the book in hand. On average, she manages an active list of about two hundred projects and authors at one time. Old Testament scholar and prolific author, Christopher J. H. Wright, describes Covrett, saying, “Katya Covrett has been among the most encouraging and attentive editors I have ever worked with.” Individuals, churches, and institutions like GRTS rely upon the diligence and hard work of Covrett and her colleagues in the Christian publishing industry.