Chicago, Ill: Moody Publishers is pleased to announce they have acquired WingSpread Publishers, publishing division of parent company Zur, Ltd, located in Camp Hills, Pa. It was a landmark moment in the 117 year history of Moody Publishers when the contract was signed by Greg Thornton, senior vice president of media at Moody Bible Institute, on Monday November 4, 2013.
The WingSpread division has enjoyed a long history in publishing starting as a missionary periodical in 1880 under the name The Gospel in All Lands. The company expanded and developed their line of publications that included books and today the company has an extensive backlist of titles. Of the 138 titles acquired by Moody Publishers, 57 were written by A.W. Tozer. In fact, the current name of their company WingSpread is taken from the book of the same name by him.
“We recognize this is a great opportunity for our authors to engage with one of the leading Christian publishers,” said Raymond Paton, vice president of operations for Zur, Ltd. “We are certain Moody Publishers will carry on our legacy of printed Christian publications with impeccable integrity.”
After the signing of the contract Thornton said, “Moody Publishers was honored to be approached by WingSpread with this opportunity, and it will be our great joy to continue the widest possible distribution of these life-changing messages from A.W. Tozer and many others.” He continued, “The Moody Bible Institute has a long-standing history with the works of great men like Tozer in our publishing division and the recorded messages preached by Tozer that have been preserved in the Moody Radio archives.”
The newly acquired WingSpread titles will now become integrated into the Moody Publishers’ Spiritual Life and Ministry Team being led by Duane Sherman, associate publisher. Sales of the former WingSpread titles will continue to be available through stores and online channels.
About Moody Bible Institute: Moody Bible Institute is a higher education and media ministry that exists to equip people with the truth of God’s Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world. Moody is best known for its education branch, which includes a fully-accredited undergraduate school and seminary, as well as distance learning. Other primary ministries include Moody Radio and Moody Publishers.