LifeWay Acquires Bible Software Solutions WORDsearch and QuickVerse; Enhances Global Digital Strategy

by Jon D. Wilke on Monday, July 11, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - LifeWay Christian Resources today announced the acquisition of the WORDsearch and QuickVerse brands, further strengthening its position as a leader in digital Christian solutions. The addition of these two powerful Bible software resources is another vital step in LifeWay's overall digital strategy to serve churches and individuals.

WORDsearch Corp., (www.WORDsearchBible.com), based in Austin, Texas, has been producing software and electronic books for the Christian market since 1987. The company offers more than 4,200 volumes of electronic books for Christian pastors, teachers and laypeople through its WORDsearch, Bible Explorer, LESSONmaker, WORDsearchToGo and InstaVerse software products.

WORDsearch and QuickVerse (www.QuickVerse.com) software simplifies biblical research, allowing a user to view multiple reference materials including Bibles, dictionaries, commentaries and encyclopedias side-by-side on the user's computer screen. Other QuickVerse software products include SermonBuilder, which provides quick access to thousands of Bible-related stories, quotes and anecdotes and various biblical language tools, sermons and stories.

"There is unprecedented growth in practically every area of digital media, and we continue to seek opportunities to leverage these technologies in spiritually-transforming ways," said Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay. "By bringing the strengths of WORDsearch and QuickVerse into the LifeWay portfolio of Christ-centered resources, we offer customers a more robust collection of exciting Kingdom tools."

"We're thrilled to join the LifeWay family of ‘biblical solutions,'" said Randy Beck, president of WORDsearch. "We've had a strategic business relationship with LifeWay for many years. This acquisition is simply a logical next step in that growing relationship."

By acquiring the assets of these two companies and through other digital offerings such as the launch of the new LifeWay.com, MyStudyBible.com, and more than 25 mobile applications, LifeWay continues to assert a market-leading strategy in the digital publishing industry. Its growing digital products and services span such areas as webcasts, church software, digital downloads, self-publishing, simulcasts, apps, events, online communities, ebooks and other offerings.

Existing users of WORDsearch and QuickVerse products will continue to enjoy high-quality, biblically-based software. Customer service contact information, (800) 888-9898 and Sales@WORDsearchBible.com, will remain the same.

To schedule interviews or more information, contact Jon D. Wilke at (615) 251-2797 or MediaRelations@LifeWay.com.

Jon D. Wilke serves as LifeWay's media relations manager and organizational spokesperson. Through his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army as well as his missionary and business travels, Jon has visited more than 30 countries. He works closely with Christian and general market news media to help tell what God is doing through LifeWay's staff and biblical solutions.

Story Highlights

  • LifeWay acquires WORDsearch and QuickVerse brands
  • WORDsearch Corp. has been producing software and electronic books for the Christian market since 1987.
  • The company offers more than 4,200 volumes of electronic books for Christian pastors, teachers and laypeople.
  • Existing users of WORDsearch and QuickVerse products will continue to receive customer support.

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