Our Mission: To Inspire the World with the Life-Changing Message of the Bible.
Faithfulness to the Bible and Jesus Christ are the bedrock values behind every book Barbour's staff produces from its 70,000-square foot facilities in Uhrichsville, Ohio. Today, Barbour's frontlist releases number more than 120 titles per year. That, coupled with nearly six hundred stock titles, allows Barbour to provide consumers and retailers around the globe with affordable and accessible Christian products for all.
We are the publishing home to best selling authors Wanda E. Brunstetter, Josh McDowell, Jonathan McKee, CarolAnne Milojavic, and many more. The Bible Promise Book®, devotionals for all ages, along with Bibles and Bible reference, form the core of our publishing activities. Lead by NYT best selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, each year brings an exciting line up of inspirational romance, plus new authors in the suspense genre are creating new audiences.
The Shiloh Run Press imprint, showcases Christian Living titles driven by well-known authors and speakers. You'll also find topics of interest to today's Christian that help to inspire and improve lives. For parenting and teens, take a look at Jonathan McKee and Josh McDowell. Marriage is covered by Lucille Williams with her experience as a pastor's wife and marriage ministry, her humor brings new life into an established topic. Helping women grow in their faith, you'll want to discover CarolAnne Milojavic, Elizabeth Thompson, Carey Stevens, and Becca Poque. These women provide a personal connection and perspectives on growing your relationship with Christ and those around you.
How It All Started
Since the company began as "Book Bargains" in 1981, much has happened to bring this company from a small remainder seller into a prominent Christian publisher. When Hugh Barbour began buying and reselling other publishers' excess stock, he was introducing a new concept to Christian bookstores. Soon, though, the new company began publishing its own titles, beginning with the classic allegory The Pilgrim's Progress in 1984.
With a new name, Barbour & Company, publishing operations continued with two books that Hugh Barbour says "really put us on the map" — Oswald Chambers's beloved devotional My Utmost for His Highest, and Barbour's first original title, The Bible Promise Book. Each found a ready market and, millions of copies later, The Bible Promise Book remains one of Barbour's best-selling backlist. Barbour & Company had found its niche: publishing Christian classics at value prices.
The Barbour mission was unique in Christian retailing, and it was beginning to take hold in Christian bookstores around the country. Through the 1990s, the company experienced phenomenal growth in sales and product line and officially changed its name to Barbour Publishing, Inc. The new millennium brought almost dizzying change to the company, with new products, new relationships, building expansion, and even new ownership.
After a remarkable forty-seven year career in Christian publishing (a career honored by the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association), Hugh Barbour decided to retire. The company he had built into a thriving business was acquired by its president & CEO Tim Martins, the man he'd been grooming for leadership for several years preceding.
Tim successfully lead Barbour for over 16 years as the company experienced growth and challenges. Under his leadership, Barbour has become one of the top Christian book publishers in the United States.
A New Future: Employee Owned
In 2017, Barbour Publishing became a 100% employee owned company. "A sale to an ESOP allows the company and its employees to continue to operate and grow the business" said Martins about the transition. Barbour's long-term strategy is to focus on building an ownership culture within the organization and to cultivate and train the next generation of leaders. Barbour is one of a handful of publishers who are ESOPs; others include W.W. Norton, Chelsea Green, and Gibbs Smith.