Key Team Members

The key team members of Ambassador International are:


Sam_SquareDr. Samuel Lowry, President and CEO:
As a young man in Northern Ireland, Samuel Lowry determined to establish a Christian publishing company dedicated to magnifying the Lord through books and materials. So in 1980 Samuel founded Ambassador International. The company soon became well known for its extensive series of Christian biographies and Classic Christian reprints. Each year, the company began printing and releasing more and more new titles including theological, devotional, inspirational, and historical works. Through the years the company has also produced videos, calendars, cards, magazines and pictures for the Christian marketplace. In 1995, Ambassador International opened offices in Greenville, South Carolina, to better serve the US market. Samuel can be contacted at publisher@emeraldhouse.com or via LinkedIn.

 

AnnaAnna Riebe Raats, Chief Operating Officer and Digital Producer: Anna was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and currently temporarily resides in the Netherlands after her marriage to a Dutch man in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Publishing in 2007, and she has been employed with Ambassador International since 2011, working through the ranks from a freelance member of the creative team to becoming COO in late 2016. Though Anna produces the ebooks for Ambassador International, a fun fact is that she doesn’t like reading digital books because of her strong love for print books! In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with her loved ones {especially her 6-month old son}, reading, working out, attempting gardening, and exploring Europe {while she can}. Anna can be reached at araats@emeraldhouse.com or on Twitter at @AnnaRaats_AI.

 

Mark LintonMark Linton, Publishing Executive: Mark lives in rural Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK. He studied Electronic Systems at the University of Ulster and proceeded to work as an Electronic Engineer in a major electronic systems company. As a hobby, Mark got involved in printing Christian literature and in a short time was part of a team who reached the UK with solutions for Web/Print/Media. Mark joined Ambassador in 2011 as Director of UK and Ireland division. In 2017 he was appointed Publishing Executive and joined the International team. Mark’s ambition is to ‘spread the word’ and to be part of the process that will encourage and enhance the Spiritual lives of all who will read Christian material.

 

Hannah_SquareHannah Nichols, Creative Director: A native of the Upstate, currently living in Charleston, Hannah lives and breathes the creative process. She holds a B.A. degree in Art with a concentration in graphic design, double-minoring in music and art histroy. She is an insightful artist who enjoys using software, photography, and illustration to advance her work. As Ambassador International’s Creative Director, Hannah provides creative, strategic, and tangible solutions to abstract ideas. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading, cooking, performing music, baking, and walking the beach with her dogs.

 

 

Keli Garrett

Keli Garrett, Publicity Director: Keli was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but has since moved around to California, and currently resides in Destin, Florida, where her husband is  stationed with the United States Navy. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting. In addition to her role as Publicity Director, Keli is also a fitness instructor who loves to motivate others to lead a healthy life. You can find her kayaking, paddle boarding, or just soaking up the sun on the beautiful Emerald Coast.

 


Brenda_SquareBrenda Covert, Editor
: An avid reader, Brenda Covert was that 5th grade classmate who relished grading spelling quizzes for her teacher. Upon graduating from a Christian university, she worked at a series of jobs where her proficiency in spelling, grammar, and clarity were much appreciated. She left the workforce to homeschool her children. Brenda returned to the workforce in 2002 as editor and author in the field of education. She became an editor for Ambassador International in 2011. She has also written more than 200 children’s stories for Union Gospel Press under a pseudonym. Because the wonder of Christmas lives in her heart, Brenda writes a blog called “Christmas All Year Long” under the name Brenda Christmas!

 

Ambassador International is excited about our 2017 spring/summer interns!

Aleisse Buck: Aleisse was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, in the fall of 2013. She is currently pursuing her English degree at Anderson University and will graduate in 2019. In her spare time, Aleisse enjoys reading, writing, and cleaning. A fun fact about her is that she has driven from SC to IL over ten times: that’s a ten hour drive one way!

 

IMG_0163Ruthie Snow: Ruthie attends Anderson University, South Carolina, and is pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Communications Digital Media. Raised in Morganton, North Carolina, she’s used to small towns. Ruthie’s goal for Ambassador International’s internship is to learn as much as she can about the publishing industry. Her aspiration for after graduation would be to snag a job at a publishing company and work full-time. Ruthie’s hobbies include reading novels, hiking Appalachian trails, writing nonfiction, editing friends’ short stories, exploring old buildings, and spending time with her roommates and family.