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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Having earned his editing spurs at the Ensign magazine, Church Publishing Services Division, and Deseret Book Company, Devan mentors a talented team that publishes the Religious Educator and Studia Antiqua journals, the BYU Religious Education Review magazine, and about a dozen academic books each year. He has received editing awards and copyedited more than 150 books (see list of awards for books published by the RSC). As an author and amateur historian, he has presented at BYU Education Week, LDS Publishing Professionals Association, Mormon History Association, Pacific History Association, and Utah State History Conference. He is a founding member of the LDS Educators Association and past director of conferences and programs at the LDS Publishing Professionals Association, a member of Sons of Utah Pioneers, a magician, a musician, a Scouter, a graduate with master's and bachelor's degrees in English (cum laude), and a National Merit Scholar. In his one-day acting career, he appeared as an airline pilot in the season 3 opener of Granite Flats. 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 BYU’s Religious Studies Center (RSC). As such, he oversees a team of talented designers and typesetters. With their help he designs, produces, markets, prints, distributes, advertises, and publicizes 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 for the magazine and has facilitated and gathered most of the Review's content since it began in 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, which is intended for use by members and nonmembers of the Church to be better able to access and take advantage of the thousands of articles published by the RSC throughout its forty-plus years.   

At the Religious Studies Center, Brent and the talented RSC team design and produce twelve to sixteen books every year. Several books produced by this team have won a variety of awards (see list of awards for books published by the RSC).

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, a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Utah State University. He is the recipient of the staff and administrative employee recognition award (SAERA) by the president's council at Brigham Young University for his innovative work and by going above and beyond his responsibilities. He also originated the idea of having Deseret Book join the RSC in copublishing the majority of RSC books published, and he helped negotiate the contractual arrangements to this end.

In high school he was the head yearbook photographer for two years, and public relations manager for the 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, reside in Provo, Utah. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

Don L. Brugger
Title: Managing Editor
Office: 167 HGB
Phone: 801-647-9289
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Don L. Brugger began his editing career as a proofreader at the Los Angeles Times and refined his skills by teaching high school English and completing a master’s degree at BYU. Along the way he joined the LDS Church, served a full-time mission in Argentina, and consecrated his wordsmithing craft to advancing the venerable aims of LDS publishing: “to copy, and to correct, and select, that all things may be right before [the Lord]” (D&C 57:13). His zeal to assist inspired minds in producing top-notch publications aligned with the LDS faith led him to editing stints at the Church’s Curriculum Department, Deseret Book, the Ensign, and FARMS/Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. A former bishop, Don taught editing classes at BYU for nine years. He and his wife, Tonya, have five children and three grandchildren. After a day’s work, Don enjoys watching the stars come out while he plays bluegrass guitar or, more recently, blues harmonica.

Shirley S. Ricks
Title: Senior Editor
Office: 167 HGB
Phone: 801-422-1529
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Recently transferred to the Religious Studies Center from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Shirley Ricks has been an editor since 1989. She earned three degrees from BYU—her PhD was in family studies. She has taught home economics, algebra, and geometry and enjoys embroidery, reading, spending time with family members, and traveling with her husband, Stephen Ricks. A native of Provo, Shirley has lived three years in Jerusalem and has assisted with Study Abroad programs in Vienna and London. Shirley has hiked to the highest elevation of 33 states, and she and Stephen have recently reached their goal of attending all the temples in the United States and Canada. Their six children and eighteen grandchildren bring great joy.