Hachette Book Group is launching a new faith-based imprint, Jericho Books, that will be part of HBG’s Nashville division. Wendy Grisham, who has served as director of publishing for Hodder Faith, a Hachette U.K. company, has been named publisher and vice president.

According to HBG, the mission of Jericho Books is “to seek new, innovative authors who reflect a growing change in the church. These non-traditional voices will appeal to the fresh perspectives in today’s culture and provide an avenue for those exploring political and social issues as they relate to faith.”

First titles are set to be released in summer 2012, and plans are to do 12 titles annually. Grisham will report to Rolf Zettersten, senior v-p of the Nashville division, and will be based in the Nashville office. She will continue to collaborate with the Hodder Faith team in the U.K. to acquire books, as appropriate. In a statement, Grisham said, “I’m very excited about this new opportunity and adventure. There is a growing worldwide community that is pushing traditional boundaries. Jericho Books will provide a platform for these authors.”