Ronald Kirk: Theology Editor
With a degree in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley, Ron started his practice in professional landscape architecture, now with completed projects throughout California. Entering Christian education, he soon became an eager student of the historic Reformed Faith and of America’s Christian history. Since 1980, Ron has studied and taught the Biblically and historically identified applied-faith view of life and education he calls Get Wisdom! Influence by Marshall Foster and others, beginning in 1980, he founded a thoroughly biblical system of education, and crafted Christian schools emphasizing holy and practical faith, character and excellence through dependence on Christ. He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1984 by the American Heritage Christian Church, and served as its pastor from 1991 to 1996. He served the Chalcedon Foundation, writing on applied faith and educational subjects. He has spoken at venues all around the USA. Ron’s work has produced fruit—a generation of young people capable of the wisdom, skill and character necessary to rebuild and maintain America’s heritage of Christian self-government. Most recently, upon 30 years expression among orphans in the East African nation of Uganda, a legacy of his work in the hands of Godfrey Kyazze’s Master’s Institute for Education promises to completely reconstruct Ugandan education on historic Biblical principles. Ron is the author of the Nordskog Publishing title Thy Will Be Done: When All Nations Call God Blessed. Read his essay’s on the Publisher’s Corner. Ron married Christina in 1971, and together have five children and fourteen grandchildren.
Michelle Shelfer: Editor
Michelle was born into a family of artists, and became an artist herself in many fields, earning her MFA from UCLA in Motion Picture Animation, and going on to become an award-winning filmmaker, poet, and musician. She worked in digital animation, then made a leap into business ownership with her husband, acting as CFO in an electronics import/export and recycling company.
For the last thirteen years, Michelle has focused her gifts toward sharing the message of Jesus with the world through writings, teaching, films and music, much of which can be found at The Baitstand. Most recently she has been writing and editing under the name benediction.biz.
Aaron Ford: Graphic Designer
Aaron owns and operates a small Graphic Design firm www.digicomdesigns.com specializing in corporate branding and identity with emphasis in web site design. Other specialties include Publication Design and Project Art Direction. Aaron is a graduate from The Art Institute of California, Orange County and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design.
For the past 2.5 years he has served Logomark, Inc.; a Promotional products company in Orange County. He manages and Art Directs the internal Creative Department, whose main responsibilities are catalog and print design. Projects include an annual 800 page catalog, many additional smaller, seasonal catalogs, email ads, trade magazine ads, regular website updates, and more.
Aaron currently resides in Oxnard, CA with his wife and three children.
Brent Nims: Webmaster
Brent Nims is a successful freelance design artist dedicated to creating compelling media. His expertise ranges from solid print campaigns to immersive web design and video production. Seventeen years of solid experience in corporate & entrepreneurial settings have yielded a sense for design that makes sense. Brent was webmaster for Gospel Light/Regal Books From 1999 to 2005. In 2011 Brent & his family hit the road in an RV as Newschool Nomads to explore the USA in what they thought would be a one-year journey. Four years later they landed in Colorado Springs where they are planning their next adventure.
Helen Cook: Publicist
PrimeStar Publicity & Public Relations offers cutting-edge, customized media strategies to publicize your book or product. Founded by media specialist Helen Cook, former Vice President of The B & B Media Group, PrimeStar offers exceptional quality, affordable publicity and public relation services to the Christian and cross-over marketplace.
PrimeStar’s goal is to help companies establish momentum in the marketplace, achieve sustained media exposure through building lasting media relationships, increase book and product sales, create marketing opportunities and to establish credible and memorable brand awareness.
Don Otis: Publicist
Don Otis is the founder of Veritas Communications, a publicity agency based in the Northwest. He is the published author of five books, hosted his own radio show, managed the Voice of Hope Radio Network, and produced both radio and television shows in Denver and Los Angeles. He has extensive experience with the media having scheduled more than 35,000 interviews over twenty-five years as well as being interviewed on 600 shows himself. His agency works with authors, nonprofit organizations, and ministries. He helps train authors and speaks at conferences about the importance of the media. He is also one of a handful of people who have reached the summits of all sixty-six peaks over 14,000 feet in the contiguous United States. For more information — www.veritasincorporated.com.
Nordskog Publishing utilizes several other (not shown) professional experienced team members in addition to those listed above, who are primary and key players on the team.
Desta Garrett: Founding Managing Editor Emeritus
For ten years, Desta channeled her penchant for perfection by working in law offices and volunteering to produce church bulletins. Then the Lord put her in touch with Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater, co-founders of the Foundation for American Christian Education in San Francisco. She began as a phone volunteer counseling homeschooling parents and soon graduated to digitizing microfiche of early American documents in period English, along with Greek and Hebrew words. For eighteen years she worked and learned in “The Ladies’” incredible personal library, assisting in research, technical editing and producing all of their publications from draft to printed books.
When the Foundation relocated to Chesapeake, Virginia, in 2005, Desta became a private contractor, continuing to assist with the Foundation’s publications, as well as publishing her husband’s music. For ten years Desta worked with with Nordskog Publishing, helping produce Bible-based books that spread God’s Word and glorify Him – for the sake of the Gospel and for our Nation.
Eugene Clingman : Founding Marketing and Promotions Manager
Dr. Eugene Clingman, A Friend & Co-Worker
By Gerald Christian Nordskog – Dec. 22, 2015
Eugene and I met in the late 1980s as members of the Southern California Council of Pastors and Leaders, introduced by Dr. Jay Grimstead. We became friends over the years, and after I sold Powerboat Magazine and began publishing Christian Books, and his family had moved to Winona, I asked him to help me as a part time consultant for Nordskog Publishing.
Quickly he became my ‘go-to-guy’ which included a variety of assignments. Eugene set up and maintained our book sales software system, set-up our E-books, was the coordinator with/for our distributors and authors, handled our advertising and promotions and marketing, — and attended many conferences and book shows selling products representing NPI.
The last show Eugene attended he helped a new author with book-signings was last summer in Florida, before his final trip to Baja CA for natural therapy, when his health prevented him from continuing. You know of his co-authorship with Dr. Grimstead of NPI’s title, “Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible, Proclaiming Truth on 24 Controversial Issues. I was privileged to also assist Eugene in the International Church Council Project with Jay.
I was always blessed to know that Eugene would be representing us at ministry and business events in the industry. The Bible says “You know them by their fruit” and Eugene’s character and integrity was of the highest caliber. I trusted him in his honesty, faithfulness and reliability, work ethic and effort to do his best for NPI, as he did for ICCP, and for Christ Jesus in advancing the Kingdom of God on earth, as he is now doing in Heaven. Gail and I respect and love Eugene, dear Edna and all the Clingman family.
”And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, and there shall be no more pain.” Rev. 21:4
Eugene is survived by his lovely wife Edna, along with seven of their ten children, who reside in Winona, Missouri.
Beside his work for Nordskog Publishing, Eugene also served with the International Church Council Project (www.churchcouncil.org) a theological effort of Coalition on Revival (www.reformation.net). Eugene served several churches as an associate pastor and also as senior pastor of a small congregation. Eugene served with the U.S. Center for World Mission several years, his last assignment being interim manager of William Carey Library Publishing in which he reported directly to the late Dr. Ralph Winter, founder of the USCWM. Eugene has published articles for Chalcedon Foundation’s magazine Faith for All of Life. His education included a Bachelor in Theology degree from Berean Bible College, and a Master of Ministry degree from Veritas Theological Seminary. Eugene continued his studies toward a D.MIN degree with Veritas.
2 Tim. 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day…
Rev. Christopher Hoops: Founding Theology Editor (January 29, 1950 – July 17, 2008)
Chris Hoops when pastor of American Christian Heritage Church, Camarillo, CA with his (now adult) sons: Chris, Jr. and Michael.On July 17, 2008, Nordskog Publishing’s founding Theology Editor Rev. Christopher Rory Hoops went home to His Lord after a lengthy and painful illness. As a long-time, loyal friend, Rev. Hoops urged Jerry and Gail Nordskog to embark into the Christian publishing business after they sold Powerboat Magazine. Known as Chris to his friends, Rev. Hoops leaves an apt legacy to NPI with his contribution to our first four titles. (See his article on our title The Battle of Lexington).Whether in missionary ministry to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, his founding Inland Christian Center Academy, or the founding of American Heritage Christian Church and other churches, Chris tirelessly served His Lord. He voraciously studied Biblical theology, with its apt expressions in Christian history. Christian liberty was his great passion. With great energy, Chris forged outlets for his acquired wisdom in the form of public speaking, classroom teaching, pulpit ministry and political action. Among his outlets, Chris regularly contributed to Jerry Nordskog’s Southern California Constitution Education Committee, speaking on America’s Christian History and Liberty. In all these activities, Chris became a well-known leader in Reformed and Christian action circles.
Rev. Hoops has been reunited with his oldest daughter, Erin, who died at age 16 in an auto accident in Colville, WA, where the family lived for many years. He is survived by his devoted wife, Gail, and sons Christopher, Michael, and adopted daughters Bridgette, Tia, and Katie.