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Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 09:02 AM EST

MoodyWhiteLogo-webMoody Publishers acquired Camp Hills, Pa.-based WingSpread Publishers on Nov. 4. The acquisition brings another storied publishing house under the 117-year-old Moody umbrella.

The WingSpread division of now-former parent company Zur Ltd., also has 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 its line of publications to include books, and today has an extensive backlist of titles.  Of the 138 titles acquired by Moody, 57 were written by A.W. Tozer, from whose book, WingSpread, the company’s current iteration takes its name.

“We recognize this is a great opportunity for our authors to engage with one of the leading Christian publishers,” said Raymond Paton, Zur’s vice president of operations. “We are certain Moody Publishers will carry on our legacy of printed Christian publications with impeccable integrity.”

“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,” said Greg Thornton, senior vice president of media at Moody Bible Institute—parent company of Moody Publishers. “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 titles will be integrated into Moody Publishers’ Spiritual Life and Ministry Team, led by Associate Publisher Duane Sherman.  Sales of the former WingSpread titles will continue to be available through stores and online channels. 

 

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