William B. Eerdmans Jr. (Bill) is chairman of the board of the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. He took over as Eerdmans president from his father, William B. Eerdmans Sr., in 1963 and led the company for more than 50 years before turning over the position to his wife, Anita. Now in his ninth decade, he continues to play an active role in Eerdmans’ day-to-day operations and can often be spotted around the building sporting his trademark friendly smile and red socks.

Anita Eerdmans is president and publisher of Eerdmans. She joined the company in 1974 and worked for many years as the vice president of marketing. She also oversaw the children's imprint, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, beginning in 2006. She has been surrounded by theology and biblical studies books since her toddler years, when her father was working on his dissertation on Paul's use of participles. Anita is a sucker for a funny children's book and is especially fond of quirky European ones. She has partnered with her husband, Bill Eerdmans Jr., for much of her career.  

James Ernest is vice president and editor-in-chief at Eerdmans, having joined Eerdmans in these roles when Jon Pott retired in June 2015. James began his publishing career as a writer, then editor, for the H. W. Wilson Company, then gained significant additional experience as a freelance copyeditor (for numerous publishers) and translator (of Ceslas Spicq, Theological Lexicon of the New Testament). He then joined the staff of Hendrickson Publishers for seven years, then worked for thirteen years for Baker Academic and Brazos Press, where he served most recently as executive editor. He holds a BA from Wheaton College, an MA in classical studies from Boston University, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in historical theology from Boston College. His dissertation was published as The Bible in Athanasius of Alexandria. He was a coeditor of the original edition of the SBL Handbook of Style and a consultant for the second edition.

  


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