Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, author, teaching pastor and New Testament scholar, died Sunday, June 21 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72.
His death is felt as a deep loss to family, friends, publishing colleagues, the academic community and numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives he shaped.
Verbrugge served as one of Zondervan’s principle production editors for 29 years, specializing in areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek. Throughout his tenure, his primary focus was Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies, though he also worked on church and ministry resources as well as popular trade books. Verbrugge edited more than 700 books and resources for Zondervan, working with a diverse group of authors, including Henry Cloud, Bill Hybels, Charles Swindoll, Carolyn Custis James, as well as scholars such as F.F. Bruce, Thomas Schreiner, Karen Jobes, Moisés Silva and Kevin Vanhoozer.
“We thank Verlyn, for who he was and all that he shared with us,” said Stan Gundry, Zondervan senior vice president. “We will miss him.”
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SOURCE: Christian Retailing