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The Perrys' Tracy Stuffle named 'Living Legend' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:46 PM EDT

TracyStuffleLivingLegendStowTown Records' The Perrys has announced that the group's bass vocalist, emcee and manager, Tracy Stuffle, has been named Christian Voice's "Living Legend" for 2015. This honor was made public at the magazine's 2015 Gospel Music Fan Awards held Saturday, May 23, at the 11th Annual Gospel Music FanFair in Somerset, Kentucky.

Growing up in Morristown, Tennessee, Stuffle's love of music and talent for speaking were evident at a young age. He grew up loving the songs of the church and the classic sounds of Southern gospel, which fueled his fire to sing the music himself. He won a speaking contest during his time in the Future Farmers of America club at school, an early sign of his talent for emceeing, which would blossom later as a member of The Perrys.

Kerusso to launch 'War Room' product line PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:38 PM EDT

WarRoomMoviePosterKerusso has announced a new partnership with the Kendrick Brothers, producers of hit faith-based films such as Courageous, Fireproof and the upcoming War Room. The partnership grants Kerusso rights to produce officially licensed merchandise and apparel for the upcoming film, which hits theaters Aug. 28.

“Working on a film like War Room is a blessing,” said Vic Kennett, Kerusso founder and CEO. “It is always exciting to work on officially licensed products for movies, especially when it is for the Kendrick brothers. Their films are so powerful! They can literally change your life.”

Pure Flix welcomes two new vice presidents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:20 PM EDT

Pure-Flix-LogoPure Flix Entertainment has announced the addition of two new team members. Steve Okin joins the Pure Flix team as vice president of home entertainment distribution, and Franklin Santagate has been named vice president of outreach. 

Okin will be responsible for maximizing the distribution of Pure Flix properties into major retail outlets such as Best Buy, Walmart and Costco. He will also advance digital programming in association with

New LifeWay partnership to provide Bibles in China PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Earls   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:09 PM EDT

Gospel-for-ChinaA new campaign from LifeWay Christian Stores and Tyndale House Publishers allows individuals and churches to purchase Bibles for people in the world's most populous country.

The Gospel for China is a partnership between the two organizations that seeks to provide "an easy and legal way for individuals or churches to purchase Bibles for believers and seekers in China," said Cossy Pachares, vice president of LifeWay Christian Stores.

Mark Kuyper departs ECPA post PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 03:46 PM EDT

Mark-Kuyper-ECPAECPA announced May 26 that President/CEO Mark Kuyper has accepted the position of executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the general book industry’s leading trade organization. Having served on the BISG board for the past ten years, Kuyper will join the New York City-based organization in his new position as of June 15.

“I speak on behalf of the ECPA board of directors and the entire ECPA membership in conveying our appreciation for Mark’s leadership these past 11 years as ECPA’s President and CEO,” said Dwight Baker, ECPA chair and president of Baker Publishing Group. “His innovative vision and unique ability to foster collaboration and friendship has led the industry successfully through a period of great change.  I am confident that all he brought to our industry will now be accomplished for the greater publishing industry and we are proud of him.”

2015 ICRS to expand international offerings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:46 PM EDT

Conv-Ctr4An expanded international program at the 2015 International Christian Retail Show will include a presentation from Islam expert and global church growth specialist Pastor Riann Heyns and praise and worship led by Australian band Planetshakers.

Held June 28-July 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the show will also include new digital-publishing training for international publishers and free publishing consulting that would normally cost thousands of dollars.

Chris Tomlin marks biggest tour yet with CURE partnership PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:31 PM EDT

ChrisTomlinLoveRanRedMore than 200,000 people attended GRAMMY-winner Chris Tomlin's Love Ran Red Tour this spring, making history as the biggest tour of his career to date.

Hitting 36 cities and selling out venues in Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas and more, the tour saw an overwhelming response. But fans did more than just show up—they gave over $700K to CURE International, an organization with which Tomlin partnered for the Love Ran Red Tour. The donations will help fund 700 life-changing surgeries for children with disabilities.

Report: LifeWay eyes site for new headquarters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Burns   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:11 PM EDT

LifeWay-logoLifeWay Christian Resources has entered talks to purchase a 1.6-acre site in the southern part of downtown Nashville, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to sell its current campus to Uptown Nashville LLC for approximately $125 million. The estimated value of the new property, currently undeveloped, is just under $5 million.

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