Writing and Editing Credits
Getting to know Drew
Drew and his wife, Debi, live in Stratford, Iowa, where they home educate their
16 children, from daughters now graduated to infant. Drew is a passionate
evangelical Christian, a devoted father, and a dedicated home educator.
Drew considers himself a "casual professional," meaning one who adheres to
professional standards of honesty and integrity, but who also maintains
approachable, flexible, and personable relationships with clients and coworkers.
If he can help you, he will, and if he can't, he's honest enough to admit it. Drew
works productively and efficiently within deadlines.
"When I first began preaching, I discovered how much I loved the impact
a good story can have, the way it draws a listener in with interest, and the
power it has to leave a lasting message. The impact of story carries over
from writing, to speaking, to preaching, to educating.
"After I once read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my
four-year-old, she explained complex theology to a playmate by reciting
one of the lines from the book: 'No, Jesus isn't safe. But he is good.' I
couldn't believe it! I've been hooked on improving communication
through the use of storycrafting ever since.
"No speech, book, or presentation ever needs to be vague, irrelevant, or
boring...because a story is worth a thousand words!" -- Drew Zahn
"Because a story is worth a thousand words."
1991 - Valedictorian, Mar-Mac High School, McGregor, Iowa
1996 - B.A. Communications, cum laude, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota
1997-2000 - Senior Pastor, Wesley and Upper Flat Evangelical Free
Churches, Wesley, Iowa
2000-2004 - Assistant editor, PreachingToday.com.
2000-2004 - Assistant editor, Leadership. As assistant editor, Drew's
responsibilities included acquiring, copyediting, writing, and
Leadership is a publication of Christianity Today, International, a
nondenominational, non-profit organization founded by Billy
Graham in 1956
Leadership has roughly 60,000 subscribers and over 100,000
readers. It is read by approximately 1 out of every 5 pastors in
the United States.
2003-present - Owner, editor, Storycraft Communications
2004-2008 - Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church of Stratford, Iowa
2008-present - News editor and columnist, WorldNetDaily
Editor, Ignite the Fire! by Terri Camp
Editor, Welcome Home, Daddy by Lorrie Flem
Editor, Unholy Grail by Richard Sorensen
Editor, Kids, Flies, and Other Stuff by Kenya Banks
Co-editor, Perfect Illustrations for Every Topic and Occasion
Co-editor, More Perfect Illustrations for Every Topic and Occasion
Co-editor, Movie-Based Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching
Contributing author and editor, More Movie-Based Illustrations for Preaching &
Contributing author and editor, The Church Leader's Answer Book
In March of 2004, Christian Home & School published one of Drew's articles,
entitled, "Window Moments." For the full text of "Window Moments," please go
to the Parenting section of this website.
In addition, Drew has written or edited thousands of articles for Leadership,
PreachingToday.com, and WorldNetDaily. The links to a few of Drew's articles
"Connecting the Generations," Leadership, Spring 2002
"I Think Icon," Leadership, Spring 2001
"What's Driving Today's Innovations?" Leadership, Winter 2005
In addition, read through Drew's archive of stories and movie reviews at
At Leadership, Drew's hand at editing was less visible, but he edited for
well-known speakers and writers such as Chuck Swindoll, Stuart Briscoe, and
John Ortberg. A few of his edited articles are listed below:
"Leave Room for God," an interview with Ed Dobson, Leadership, Fall 2001
"Confronted with the Shameful," an article with both story and legal analysis
on the topic of child molestation in the church, Leadership, Summer
Drew's work at Leadership helped the magazine receive two awards of
recognition from the Evangelical Press Association (EPA). Leadership won the
EPA's highest honor, the "Award of Excellence" for the year 2001, while Drew
was on staff. Then, in 2002, Drew helped Leadership win a third-place award for
its single issue, "The Prayer-Driven Church." You may see all the winners here:
EPA Award Winners
Drew is a member in good standing of the Front Office Football Central forum,
where several members post in the "Dynasty" section, making them eligible for
annual Golden Scribe awards. Drew is among the forum's most decorated
members, having won 6 Scribe awards, 3 Golden Scribe awards, and the 2004
Golden Scribe for Best Dynasty of the Year.