Faculty and Staff Profiles

Thomas A. Wayment

Title: Publications Director
Office: 185 HGB
Phone: 801-422-6401
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Thomas A. Wayment is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He joined the faculty in June of 2000 after completing a PhD in New Testament studies at the Claremont Graduate School. Since coming to BYU, he has worked on several projects on the life of the Savior and the historical time period of his ministry. He is also involved in studying the manuscript tradition of the New Testament and what light it sheds on modern revelations such as the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. This work has helped him get involved in digitizing the Freer manuscript of the Gospels and Paul. He has served as a bishop in the Church.

Joany Pinegar
Title: Publications Coordinator
Office: 185 HGB
Phone: 801-422-6975
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Joany is originally from Minnesota. She graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education. She taught first grade for a time and loved teaching elementary children. She also traveled across the U.S., training library personnel to use library automation software. Joany likes to read, hike, travel, and go camping. She also loves to spend time with her seven beautiful children and eight incredibly adorable grandbabies!

In her duties for the RSC, Joany works closely with the publications director, executive editor, production supervisor, and great student employees on all RSC publications. She also assists with travel, budgeting, media relations, special projects, and other office management responsibilities. Joany could also be called communications director since all communication addressed to the RSC goes through Joany to be recorded and processed. Anything sent any other way or through any other person runs the risk of being undocumented and lost. Submissions, return for edits, and reviews come to Joany and then are sent to the publications director for processing.

Devan Jensen
Title: Executive Editor
Office: 167A HGB
Phone: 801-422-9304
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With an MA in English from BYU, Devan earned his editing spurs at Deseret Book Company, Church Publishing Services, and the Ensign magazine. At the Religious Studies Center, Devan supervises a talented team of students who edit, check sources, and proofread the Religious Educator and Studia Antiqua journals, the BYU Religious Education Review magazine, and from eight to fifteen books each year (see list of awards). He edited BYU–Hawaii: Prophetic Destiny and more than 150 other booksAs an author and amateur historian, he has presented at Campus Education Week, LDS Publishing Professionals Association, Mormon History Association, Pacific History Association, and Utah State History Conference. He has taught editing and Book of Mormon at BYU and business writing at Utah Valley University. He is director of conferences and programs at LDS Publishing Professionals Association, a member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, a magician, a musician, a Scouter, a graduate in English (cum laude), and a National Merit Scholar. From 1986 to 1988, he served in the Micronesia Guam Mission on the islands of Guam and Pohnpei. He and his wife, Patty, live in Orem, Utah, and have four children. 

Brent R. Nordgren
Title: Production Supervisor 
Office: 167C HGB
Phone: 801-422-3293
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Brent R. Nordgren is the production supervisor and photographer for the Religious Studies Center (RSC) at BYU. As such, he oversees a team of talented designers who help him in the design, production, and marketing, including printing, distribution, advertising, and publicity of all the RSC books, journals, and magazines. He is also the managing editor of the BYU Religious Education Review magazine. He has authored many articles and has facilitated most of the Review's content since 2008. Brent has also been the RSC website administrator since its inception in 2008. As such he supervises its design and facilitates the content found throughout the site. He also helped create the Apple App for the RSC for use by members and nonmembers to be better able to access and take advantage of the thousands of articles published by the RSC. He is also the marketing and publicity coordinator for the college of Religious Education. In this capacity he maintains and creates awareness and disseminates news and information to the public and within the college. He also generates awareness for the RSC. Each year he is a committee member and helps facilitate the coordination and implementation of the BYU Church History Symposium and the BYU Easter Conference.   

At the Religious Studies Center, Brent supervises a talented team who design ten to twelve books a year. Several books designed by his team have won Mormon History Association and other awards:

  • 2013—Best International Article Award for Ronald E. Bartholomew, "The Role of Local Missionaries in Nineteenth-Century England," in Go Ye into All the World, ed. Reid L. Neilson and Fred E. Woods.

  • 2010—Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History for Roger P. Minert, In Harm’s Way: East German Latter-day Saints in World War II.

  • 2009—Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History for Mark L. Grover, A Land of Promise and Prophecy: Elder A. Theodore Tuttle in South America, 1960–1965.

Brent has an entrepreneurial spirit and has owned and operated a number of businesses throughout his career. He received an AS degree with honors from Utah Valley University, his BS from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Utah State University. Recently he was the nominee and recipient of the staff and administrative employee recognition award (SAERA) by the president's council at Brigham Young University for demonstrating the innovation value by going above and beyond the call of duty in his responsibilities. He also came up with a plan whereby the majority of RSC books would be copublished with Deseret Book and he negotiated three contracts to this end.

In high school he was the publicity coordinator and manager for the entire school. As a youth he received the Eagle Scout Award. Before working for BYU, Brent ran for Provo city councilman. He enjoys reading, writing, participating in sports, national politics, and traveling. He and his wife, Annette, live in Provo, Utah, and have four children and eight grandchildren.