Who We Are
The ministries of LifeWay Christian Resources have been centered in Nashville, Tennessee, since its founding in 1891. Today LifeWay's ministries reach across the United States and around the world through millions of Christian products used in more than 120 countries.
LifeWay directs its ministries through six divisions:
LifeWay Resources provides biblical solutions and services to support the Church in Her mission to make disciples. This is done through many ministries, resources, enrichment and training events, and age-group products, including small group studies, Vacation Bible School, leadership development, church consulting, evangelism, discipleship, music, worship, marriage and parenting. Its B&H Publishing Group imprint produces Bibles, books, audio and video products, and church supplies, selling to bookstores, other retailers as well as academic institutions. The Holman Christian Standard Bible, introduced in 2004, is one of the best-selling Bibles in the United States.
LifeWay Christian Stores operates more than 170 outlets in 28 states, serving Southern Baptists and the wider evangelical market.
LifeWay Insights includes LifeWay Research, one of the most respected Christian research organizations in the world; corporate communications; and ministry development.
Information Technology provides five key technology services for LifeWay: strategic, retail, business, enterprise, and internet technologies.
Finance and Business Services is responsible for LifeWay’s financial policies and general accounting and directs many key LifeWay business services including legal, investments, purchasing, real estate, strategic planning, corporate services and human resources. In addition, the division operates a conference center at Ridgecrest, North Carolina.
Organizational Development focuses on LifeWay's people strategies, culture development, and change management, and includes the Human Resources Team and Leadership Development.
Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, is the company’s ninth chief executive. "From humble beginnings, LifeWay has grown into an international ministry by staying true to our vision of helping people and churches know Jesus Christ," says Rainer. "Nashville is our home — and a wonderful home it is. But the world is our field of labor, and we are passionate about sharing the gospel and providing biblically sound resources that exalt our Savior and encourage His followers."