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LifeWay acquires WORDsearch, QuickVerse

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--LifeWay Christian Resources has acquired WORDsearch and QuickVerse, the Southern Baptist entity announced July 11.

"The addition of these two powerful Bible software resources is another vital step in LifeWay's overall digital strategy to serve churches and individuals," a LifeWay news release stated.


WORDsearch Corp., (, 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.

Software by WORDsearch and QuickVerse (, based in Omaha, Neb., 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.

Additional 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," LifeWay President Thom Rainer said, "and we continue to seek opportunities to leverage these technologies in spiritually-transforming ways. 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 WORDsearch and QuickVerse and through other digital offerings such as the launch of the new, and more than 25 mobile applications, LifeWay continues toward "strengthening its position as a leader in digital Christian media," the news release said. In the digital publishing industry, its products and services span such areas as webcasts, church software, digital downloads, self-publishing, simulcasts, apps, events, online communities and ebooks.

"Existing users of WORDsearch and QuickVerse products will continue to enjoy high-quality, biblically-based software," the news release added, noting that customer service contact information, 1-800-888-9898 and, will remain the same.

Adapted from a news release from LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press

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