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The Good Book Company 2016

All of us here at The Good Book Company are passionate about the Lord Jesus, His word, His church and His gospel of grace. Motivated by this passion and our involvement in local churches, it is our privilege to create and select trustworthy, relevant and accessible resources that will encourage you and your church family to keep going, keep growing and keep sharing your faith.

As an international Christian publisher, our Bible studies, books, devotionals, videos, tracts, evangelistic courses and training materials are used throughout the English-speaking world, and in translation to over 35 languages worldwide.

Biblical

We are trustworthy

Our resources put the word of God in the driving seat, so you can trust them.

Relevant

We're with you

We work hard at making discipleship, church and evangelistic materials relevant in a rapidly changing culture.

Accessible

We'll make it connect

We focus on producing resources in numerous formats that help ordinary Christians grapple with issues of faith, life and Christian belief. 

“When I need something I can trust? Easy - I go to the Good Book Company.”

Ministry-minded

We are keen not to take financial support away from local churches and Christian charities and so we operate as a business. We are not, however, motivated by huge profit margins, but by encouraging Christians in their faith and the advancement of the gospel. That's why we recycle our profits into projects that do just that. We employ a member of staff whose sole focus is to work on translating existing resources into other languages. We produce Pray, Prepare, Preach study guides to help preachers in the majority world teach the Bible faithfully. And we sell Kipepeo greetings cards which support the ladies of Kibera - East Africa's biggest slum. We also produce a fair few resources that are unprofitable because we think they are hugely valuable from a ministry perspective, for example, Table Talk. Finally, re-cycling our profits allows us to run training events, such as Growing Young Disciples, whose ministry value far outweighs it's financial costs. Buying directly from us helps us to achieve all this. For more information, please check out our partners page.

PUBLISHING

Our name says it all - we produce resources which put the word of God in the driving seat, helping Christians to open up the Bible for themselves and grow in their love for and dependence on the Lord Jesus.

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RETAILING

As well as our own titles, we sell online a hand-picked selection of those from other publishers that align with our Statement of Faith. We ensure what we stock is biblical, relevant and accessible. We also offer a bookstall service.

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SUPPORTING

We act as an information hub for advertising, training, jobs and ministry opportunities, as well as supporting evangelical conferences and events.

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Meet the family

The Good Book Company started in 1991, and has grown to be an international provider of Christian resources, with offices in  South-West London, UK, and in Virginia, USA, as well as partner offices in Sydney, Australia and Christ Church, New Zealand. We're a diverse collection of believers with Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Free Church backgrounds who are united in our aim to support and encourage the spread of the gospel by providing resources that help Christians grow in their understanding and love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

TIM THORNBOROUGH / Creative Director

Tim founded TGBC back in 1991; today his role includes working on editorial projects, managing the publicity and social media teams, and many other aspects of company management. Tim is a member of Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, where he runs a children’s group and leads a home group.

"We're passionate about getting people opening up the Bible"
CARL LAFERTON / Editorial Director

Carl has been at TGBC since 2010 and took on his current role, which involves overseeing all editorial output, in 2016. Carl used to be a journalist, primary school teacher and youth worker but has finally found a career he can last longer than a couple of years in… He’s a member of Grace Church Worcester Park, where he preaches regularly and is part of the children’s ministry team.

RACHEL JONES / Staff Editor & Publicist

As well as her general editorial work, Rachel oversees the in-house publicity for TGBC titles, edits the blog, and runs other content marketing. She’s the author of Five Things To Pray For Your Church, and is involved in children’s ministry at Chessington Evangelical Church.

ALISON MITCHELL / Senior Editor

Since joining TGBC in 2000, Alison has worked on a huge variety of series including the Christianity Explored range and one of our kids’ series, Tales That Tell The Truth. She’s part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church, Kingston.

ANDRE PARKER / Head of Design

André oversees the Design dept of The Good Book Company, where he works on most of the resources TGBC produces and art-directs the illustrated children’s titles. Andre lives in London with his wife Sarah, their four young children and a hyperactive dog. He is a member of Trinity Road Chapel, Wandsworth Common, where he leads the 11-14s youth group.

JACKIE MORALEE / Editorial Administrator

Jackie keeps all the editorial processes on track, and uses her previous experience working at the BBC during video projects. She is involved in women's ministry at Cornerstone Church in Kingston.

"Every meeting begins with prayer - we always need God's help"
ANNE WOODCOCK / Staff Editor

As well as proof-reading all TGBC titles, Anne edits Bible-study resources by authors such as Tim Chester and Jason Helopoulos. She’s married to Pete, one of the pastors of Cornerstone Church, Kingston.

BEN WOODCRAFT / Designer

Ben works on various marketing campaigns and catalogues, as well as in editorial, designing covers for titles such as John Piper’s Living in the Light. He is a member of East Street Baptist Church, Walworth, where among other ministries he helps run outreach courses.

"We want everything we do to bring glory to God"
PHIL GROUT / Film and Media Editor

Phil looks after all TGBC’s video content from filming to editing to production. He’s a member of Cornerstone Church, Kingston, where he helps lead the music ministry and a growing football outreach ministry.

ALEXA BURSTOW / Marketing Consultant

Alexa was trained at some big London ad agencies and the BBC. Now her branding, messaging and design management skills are being put to good use at TGBC, as well as her love of free lunches and staff parties! Alexa is married to James and they have two children. She is a member of Grace Church Worcester Park where she leads a women’s group for those who have recently come to faith.

JAMES BURSTOW / Commercial Director

James' role as Commercial Director encompasses marketing, sales and customer service and he is the current record holder for most meetings attended in a single week! Before joining TGBC he spent time in Chile and Japan teaching English before becoming a fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is the senior elder at Grace Church Worcester Park.

EMILY ROBERTSON / Marketing

Emily Robertson has been at The Good Book Company since 2007 performing various tasks on the marketing team. Her current position co-ordinates email marketing. She is married to Dave, has two lively daughters and attends Emmanuel Epsom, a fledgling church plant of Chessington Evangelical Church.

DEAN FAULKNER / Sales Manager

Often found somewhere round the M25, Dean engages with churches, organisations and individuals to provide them with useful resources for their varying ministries. Dean attends St John's Church in Woking, where he lives with his family and so in his spare time is usually found on the A3.

JONNY BARKER / IT Development & Support

Jonny keeps every IT system in TGBC up to date and running smoothly. He is able to fix virtually anything and has invented a bicycle-operated disco machine. He lives in Petersfield and attends Trinity Church, Liphook.

TOM SEIDLER / IT & Purchasing Director

Tom has been addicted to the joys of bulk buying, strategy games and computers since his teenage years. Since 1999 when he first joined, these addictions have been more fruitfully channelled into Kingdom building work in helping us properly harness modern technology and benefit from the global marketplace.

NIC HURDLE / IT Intern

Nic’s interest in computers began when he was introduced to video games as a child. His work involves programming, a bit of technical support, and anything else IT related. He also has a passion for music, and was part of the National Concert Band of the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He is part of the new church plant, Emmanuel Epsom.

TOM BEARD / Logistics Manager

Despite being born in the UK, Tom supports Australia in sporting achievements, having spent most of his youth in Sydney. He currently works on shipping pallets around the world, keeping our website accurate and editing ebooks. He is the only committed PC user in the company (which he is quietly humble about). Tom attends Dundonald Church in Raynes Park with his wife Katie and their daughter Jessica.

BEX MAIN / Customer Services Manager

Bex runs the Customer Services department and works to bring calm and clarity to any confusing situation! Her background in stage management is endlessly helpful for this. Bex lives in Redhill and is involved with women's ministry at Holy Trinity Redhill.

"Trustworthy, relevant, accessible"
NEIL CHALLIS / Warehouse Supervisor

Neil brings strength, precision and efficiency to the warehouse operation, providing such clarity and vision that even his beloved Carlos Ancelotti would be proud of. Neil is married to Chrissie and enjoying his new daughter, Thea!

ROBIN WALPOLE / Customer Services

Joining us in 2001, Robin's dulcet tones have spoken to many many customers on the phone and he continues to provide experienced advice for churches and individuals. Robin understands patience as he stubbornly remains a long-suffering Fulham supporter. He attends Emmanuel Tolworth with his wife and children.

FELIPE SILVA / Warehouse Assistant

Felipe worked in the space industry of Brazil before joining The Good Book Company in 2016. An experience which has certainly brought him back to earth. Felipe attends church in Haywards Heath with his wife Jackie and their two young children.

ELIZABETH PARSONS / Translations Co-ordinator

Despite being born in the UK, Elizabeth is fascinated by other languages and cultures. She studied modern languages and linguistics at university and is delighted to use those skills in managing translation projects and selling language rights for our publications. She particularly enjoys testing her colleagues to see if they can recognise some of the more unusual languages in which these are now published.

ROBIN FAIRBAIRN / Ministry Development Officer

Robin is our man in Ireland, serving our customers on both sides of the border with his customary passion for the gospel. He attends Ballygowan Pres Church but preaches regularly in churches across Northern Ireland. He is also involved on the planning committee of Keswick Portstewart.

KATHY THORNBOROUGH / Financial Director

Kathy has been part of The Good Book Company since it appeared in her living room in 1991. Having put her legal training on hold while having a family, Kathy took on the role of looking after the accounts at The Good Book Company. Over the years her role has grown from part-time bookkeeper to Financial Director. After 25 years with The Good Book Company, Kathy remains cautiously optimistic.

BRAD BYRD / North American Director

Brad heads up the growing US team and is based in the Metro DC area of Northern Virginia. He has extensive experience in many ministry contexts including church staff, time as a missionary in Kosovo and is currently part of a new church plant team. Brad has an amazingly active family of 4 and is married to Abi.

RICHARD ROPER / Senior Buyer

Richard brings a wealth of experience and a wonderful aura of calmness to our busy printing buying department. He lives in Weybridge where he attends Wey Christian Fellowship and is active on the leadership team. He is married to Grace and has two lovely children. He is not related to the 'worst man in the world' in any known way.

"Resources
which open up
the Bible"
ZOE LINES / Customer Service Legend

Born in Paraguay, Zoe has always loved meeting and talking to people from all backgrounds. Before joining The Good Book Company team in 2016 she had spent several years working with animals (including tigers) and working abroad.

RACHEL GUEST / Customer Service

Rachel helps out with children's ministry at her church in Kingston and enjoys the delights of baking the perfect Oreo cupcake (though other biscuit-based flavours are available)

"Brothers and sisters serving alongside you"
BOB MALLETT / HR

Previously a solicitor, Bob now advises us all on human resources with his vast wisdom and calm manner. He attends Grace Church Worcester Park, having spent earlier years helping plant churches in Wimbledon and Kingston. He is currently involved in Biblical Counselling. He lives in New Malden with his wife, Dorothy, three sons (2 at uni, 1 just graduated) and one cat (orange and grumpy).

GILLY DOWN / Finance Assistant

Gilly used to be an Actuary and helps us understand and organise complicated numbers. She is also involved with leading bible studies and studying biblical counselling at her church in Worcester Park. She is married to Alan and is often found practising routines for Strictly.

Working closely with others

We always enjoy linking up with other gospel-focused ministries and organisations and are particularly excited by our partnership with Christianity Explored. We also enjoy working with a fabulous collection of authors who share our love for Jesus and the Bible. If you are an author who would like to discuss the potential of working with us, please see our Guidance for Authors page.

If you have specific questions about us or our work, please contact us.

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