Christina Pfister

Christina Pfister - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Thoughtful, thorough, and insightful Christian theology editor for 11 years. Globally-minded seminary graduate. K–adult educator.

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Overview

I have been editing MA and Phd-level work since 2009. I have a strong background in the humanities and exclusively work on non-fiction. My emphasis is on theology, missiology, and spirituality, but I also have a special interest in pedagogy, cross-cultural studies, and the performing arts.

What this means for you is that I enjoy working with people from many different backgrounds. I am skilled at preserving your vision and voice while clarifying the structure and improving the integrity of your work. I am gifted at spotting inconsistencies and am respectful in my queries. I like to set clear expectations from the get-go and always keep my side of the bargain. I deliver on time, every time. Recent publishing houses I have worked with include Zondervan Academic (HarperCollins), Baker Publishing Group, and Harvest House Publishers.

"Thank you for your thoughtful, thorough, and insightful work. I really appreciate everything you pinpointed to help [author] hone his voice and consistently address his audience. [...] I appreciate your work on this project and I hope that we can work together on more projects in the future!"
Rachel Jacobson
Acquisitions Editor, Baker Books

"YOU ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! You have made my book 1000x better and I can't wait for you to see the finished product! Thanks again!"
Pia Hugo
Author

"WHEW!!! Such good stuff you gave me! I just finished working through it all tonight and updated my final paper. I cannot thank you enough! I feel as though my paper is so much stronger already!"
Karen Rouggly
PhD Candidate
Portland Seminary
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School 2019
  • Member of Editorial Freelance Association since 2019
  • Member of The Christian Pen since 2019
  • Member of Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters since 2018, Vice President of the Board since 2021
  • Member of American Translators Association since 2018
  • Member of ACES: The Society for Editing since 2017

Work experience

Developmental and Copy Editor

Self-employed
March, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

Manzanita, OR, founded 2018
• Offer editorial, DE/EN translation, and audiobook narration services
• Own and operate the company

Freelance Editor, Translator, and Language Coach

Self-employed
September, 2009 – March, 2018 (over 8 years)

Pasadena, CA and Manzanita, OR 2009–present
• Provide English language academic editing
• Provide academic consulting services to graduate students
• Teach ESL conversation classes
• Conduct German classes for individuals and groups
• Offer German/English translation services
• Conduct research for non-profit organizations
• Offer German/English transcription

ESL/GED Adjunct Faculty

Clatsop Community College
April, 2018 – July, 2018 (3 months)

Astoria, OR, 2018
• Teach advanced ESL to international students
• Develop engaging language arts curriculum for GED and ESL adult learners

ELL High School Instructor and College Counselor

Judson International School
August, 2015 – October, 2015 (2 months)

Pasadena, CA, 2015
• Teach English, History, and Bible to ELL students in 9th and 10th grade
• Teach study skills to all 9th grade students
• Provide college counseling services to high school students and parents

Adjunct Faculty

Tillamook Bay Community College
January, 2014 – June, 2014 (5 months)

Pacific City, OR, 2014
• Teach English to international students in their work environment
• Create engaging curriculum

Independent Writing Consultant

Fuller Writing Center
September, 2013 – May, 2014 (8 months)

Fuller Writing Center
Pasadena, CA, 2013/2014
• Edit MA and PhD level work for students
• Provide feedback for improvement

English as a Second Language Tutor

Judson International School
August, 2013 – January, 2014 (5 months)

Pasadena, CA, 2013/2014
• Tutor international elementary students in English as a Foreign Language
• Substitute teach as needed

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Turning Points in the Expansion of Christianity

Alice T. Ott

This book tells the story of pivotal turning points in the expansion of Christianity, enabling readers to grasp the big picture of missional trends and critical developments. Alice Ott examines thirteen key points in the growth of Christianity and its impact on world history from the Jerusalem Council to Lausanne '74. Each chapter begins with a close-up view of a particularly compelling episod... read more

This book tells the story of pivotal turning points in the expansion of Christianity, enabling readers to grasp the big picture of missional trends and critical developments. Alice Ott examines thirteen key points in the growth of Christianity and its impact on world history from the Jerusalem Council to Lausanne '74. Each chapter begins with a close-up view of a particularly compelling episod... read more

Talking about Race

Isaac Adams

Conversations about racism are as important as they are hard for American Christians.Yet the conversation often gets so ugly, even among the faithful who claim unity in Jesus. Why is that the case? Why does it matter? Can things get better, or are we permanently divided?In this honest and hopeful book, pastor Isaac Adams doesn't just show you how to have the race conversation, he begins it for... read more

Conversations about racism are as important as they are hard for American Christians.Yet the conversation often gets so ugly, even among the faithful who claim unity in Jesus. Why is that the case? Why does it matter? Can things get better, or are we permanently divided?In this honest and hopeful book, pastor Isaac Adams doesn't just show you how to have the race conversation, he begins it for... read more

Handbook of Reading Theological German

Christopher Ryan Jones, Katharina Hirt

The Handbook of Reading Theological German is the premier resource for equipping those interested in reading and translating original German source materials and preparing academics for German comprehension examination. The book is ideal for students in biblical studies, church history, Jewish studies, and theology. Coauthored by Katharina Hirt, a native German speaker and professional linguis... read more

The Handbook of Reading Theological German is the premier resource for equipping those interested in reading and translating original German source materials and preparing academics for German comprehension examination. The book is ideal for students in biblical studies, church history, Jewish studies, and theology. Coauthored by Katharina Hirt, a native German speaker and professional linguis... read more

Reading German for Theological Studies

Carolyn Roberts Thompson

Every PhD student in theological and biblical studies is expected to read German, but there are surprisingly few resources to help students learn to read and translate scholarly theological works. This streamlined grammar and reader by an experienced teacher and German-language expert presents biblical passages and theological readings of gradually increasing difficulty. Suited for self-study ... read more

Every PhD student in theological and biblical studies is expected to read German, but there are surprisingly few resources to help students learn to read and translate scholarly theological works. This streamlined grammar and reader by an experienced teacher and German-language expert presents biblical passages and theological readings of gradually increasing difficulty. Suited for self-study ... read more

Reading Revelation in Context: John's Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism

Zondervan

Reading Revelation in Context brings together short, accessible essays that compare and contrast the visions and apocalyptic imagery of the book of Revelation with various texts from Second Temple Jewish literature.Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, Reading Revelation in Context examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literat... read more

Reading Revelation in Context brings together short, accessible essays that compare and contrast the visions and apocalyptic imagery of the book of Revelation with various texts from Second Temple Jewish literature.Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, Reading Revelation in Context examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literat... read more

Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins

Zondervan

In recent years, a number of New Testament scholars engaged in academic historical Jesus studies have concluded that such scholarship cannot yield secure and illuminating conclusions about its subject, arguing that the search for a historically "authentic" Jesus has run aground.Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History brings together a stellar lineup of New Testament scholars who contend ... read more

In recent years, a number of New Testament scholars engaged in academic historical Jesus studies have concluded that such scholarship cannot yield secure and illuminating conclusions about its subject, arguing that the search for a historically "authentic" Jesus has run aground.Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History brings together a stellar lineup of New Testament scholars who contend ... read more

I Will Abolish the Bow

Matthew A. King

To be designated a “person” carries with it enormous social and legal entitlements. Christians may be surprised to discover that the Bible considers animals “persons.” I Will Abolish the Bow details this biblical personhood and demands that humanity reverses course on its exploitation and irresponsible dominion over animals. Filled with educational rebuttals and thoughtful discourse, this book... read more

To be designated a “person” carries with it enormous social and legal entitlements. Christians may be surprised to discover that the Bible considers animals “persons.” I Will Abolish the Bow details this biblical personhood and demands that humanity reverses course on its exploitation and irresponsible dominion over animals. Filled with educational rebuttals and thoughtful discourse, this book... read more

Mary Magdalene Never Wore Blue Eye Shadow: How to Trust the Bible When Truth and Tradition Collide

Amanda Hope Haley

Truth, Legend, and the Stories You Thought You Knew Tradition suggests Mary Magdalene was a prostitute and Jesus was born in a barn. But what does the Bible really say? Armed with her theology degree, archaeological experience, and sharp wit, Amanda Hope Haley clears up misconceptions of Bible stories and encourages you to dig into Scripture as it is written rather than accept versions altered... read more

Truth, Legend, and the Stories You Thought You Knew Tradition suggests Mary Magdalene was a prostitute and Jesus was born in a barn. But what does the Bible really say? Armed with her theology degree, archaeological experience, and sharp wit, Amanda Hope Haley clears up misconceptions of Bible stories and encourages you to dig into Scripture as it is written rather than accept versions altered... read more

Becoming a Four-Faced Christian: My Journey From Trials to Triumphs

Pia Hugo

Becoming a Four-Faced Christian is Pia's first book. It's an intimate look into her journey of transformation. It's also a WAKE-UP CALL for the Church to start meeting the deep needs of those victimized by abuse of all kinds. She shares how we, as Christians, need to develop Jesus' four faces, as seen in the passages from Ezekiel 1:10 and Revelations 4:7. Jesus is calling us to become as "bold... read more

Becoming a Four-Faced Christian is Pia's first book. It's an intimate look into her journey of transformation. It's also a WAKE-UP CALL for the Church to start meeting the deep needs of those victimized by abuse of all kinds. She shares how we, as Christians, need to develop Jesus' four faces, as seen in the passages from Ezekiel 1:10 and Revelations 4:7. Jesus is calling us to become as "bold... read more

The Sacred Art of Marriage: 52 Creative Ways to Grow Your Married Life

David Robinson

The Sacred Art of Marriage explores married life as an art studio with fifty-two tools to creatively craft your spiritual life together. Drawing upon the fourth chapter of The Rule of St. Benedict, this book offers married couples fifty-two weeks of spiritual practices and ancient wisdom to deepen your marriage. Newlywed couples planning and preparing for married life will encounter in this bo... read more

The Sacred Art of Marriage explores married life as an art studio with fifty-two tools to creatively craft your spiritual life together. Drawing upon the fourth chapter of The Rule of St. Benedict, this book offers married couples fifty-two weeks of spiritual practices and ancient wisdom to deepen your marriage. Newlywed couples planning and preparing for married life will encounter in this bo... read more

Befriending Your Monsters

Luke Norsworthy

Monsters aren't real. As reasonable adults, we know this. But we also know that, while fake, the monsters of fairy tales, movies, and Netflix series embody our very real fears. Large, powerful beings that hunt us in the dark make us feel small, weak, vulnerable. When characters in these stories run away, they temporarily feel safe, but it's not until the monster is faced head-on that the story... read more

Monsters aren't real. As reasonable adults, we know this. But we also know that, while fake, the monsters of fairy tales, movies, and Netflix series embody our very real fears. Large, powerful beings that hunt us in the dark make us feel small, weak, vulnerable. When characters in these stories run away, they temporarily feel safe, but it's not until the monster is faced head-on that the story... read more

Why Would Anyone Go to Church?

Kevin Makins

There are plenty of reasons to criticize, judge, and even walk away from the church. Many of us have been hurt and rejected. We may see church as insular and irrelevant. Despite this, Kevin Makins believes that the church still matters--perhaps more than ever.When Kevin was 23 and didn't know any better, he started a congregation with some friends who were on the edge of faith. Together they h... read more

There are plenty of reasons to criticize, judge, and even walk away from the church. Many of us have been hurt and rejected. We may see church as insular and irrelevant. Despite this, Kevin Makins believes that the church still matters--perhaps more than ever.When Kevin was 23 and didn't know any better, he started a congregation with some friends who were on the edge of faith. Together they h... read more

Quit Church

Chris Sonksen

Let's face it. Church isn't working. We hear sermons about the abundant life Jesus promised, but how many of us are actually living it? How many of our churches are thriving? How many people in our congregations are experiencing God's blessings? Maybe it's time to call it quits.Quit church? Well, not exactly. Drawing from his experience coaching hundreds of churches toward true growth, Chris S... read more

Let's face it. Church isn't working. We hear sermons about the abundant life Jesus promised, but how many of us are actually living it? How many of our churches are thriving? How many people in our congregations are experiencing God's blessings? Maybe it's time to call it quits.Quit church? Well, not exactly. Drawing from his experience coaching hundreds of churches toward true growth, Chris S... read more

Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language And Culture, Enhanced

Thomas A. Lovik, J. Douglas Guy, Monika Chavez

An innovative and lively first-year program, VORSPRUNG: A COMMUNICATIVE INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, ENHANCED 3rd Edition, uses a unique five-skills approach to help you develop realistic abilities in speaking, hearing, reading, and writing German. Utilizing “focus on form” activities, the program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and... read more

An innovative and lively first-year program, VORSPRUNG: A COMMUNICATIVE INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, ENHANCED 3rd Edition, uses a unique five-skills approach to help you develop realistic abilities in speaking, hearing, reading, and writing German. Utilizing “focus on form” activities, the program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and... read more

Christina has 21 reviews

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The Bay Area Christian Church
Christina has been a great copyeditor to work with! Her edits were very thoughtful and thorough. I also really appreciated her thoughts on word choice, overall voice, and clarifying sentences. She really helped us create a quality manuscript. She was extremely professional, had the copyedits done right on schedule, and was very prompt with answering questions that came up along the way.

The Bay Area Christian Church, October 2021

Christina Pfister
Thank you so much, Amy! It was a pleasure working with you!

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James Ford
There were no communication between us. She completed her work and said that is it. So, I could not ask questions about some of her comments.

James Ford, August 2021

Christina Pfister
Thank you, Jim, for your feedback! Your words have given me some pause, as I am committed to excellence and take pride in delivering on all of my promises. So, I went back to check our corresponden...
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John eklund
In partnering with Christina on my project I found her to be prompt, responsive, professional and thorough. Her feedback has been invaluable, and I will look to hire her in the future for all my editing needs.

John eklund, August 2021

Christina Pfister
Thank you so much, John! I look forward to our next collaboration!

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Tom Galata
Superb work! I have enjoyed working with Christina serval times now. I first contracted with her to copyedit my entire 40 chapter 300 page manuscript. Then after, to cleanup my rewrites (good writing is rewriting). Her copyediting and added comments about my content and grammar usage have consistently helped to transform my writing into what I envisioned my book finally becoming. Really bles...
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Tom Galata, July 2021

Christina Pfister
Thank you so much for this glowing review, Tom, and for repeatedly trusting me with your work! It has been a joy to work with you and I am excited for your book to come out!

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Kenneth Sauter
The review I received was extensive and pointed out quite a few things I need to work on. I'll have to restructure the book to include some sections and provide a lot of references. The edit was pretty much what I expected, and I'm grateful for the help. It's always helpful to get a professional to go over your work. Christina was professional and very helpful.

Kenneth Sauter, July 2021

Christina Pfister
Thank you, Kenneth, for trusting me with your manuscript! All the best to you!

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