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David C Cook is an American nonprofit Christian publisher based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was founded as a provider of Sunday school curriculum and remains a major publisher of such materials. It also publishes fiction and nonfiction books and distributes supporting materials like toys and games. Its best selling authors include Francis Chan, Gary Thomas, and J. Warner Wallace. For many years it published a Christian comic book, Sunday Pix, with stories about the adventures of Christian heroes in many different eras and in many parts of the world.

David C. Cook
Founded1875
FounderDavid Caleb Cook
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationColorado Springs, Colorado
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsKingsway, Gospel Light, Standard Publishing
Official websitedavidccook.org

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HistoryEdit

The company was established in 1875 in Chicago by David Caleb Cook, author and leader in the American Sunday school movement.[1] Cook was motivated to provide affordable educational materials for children who had been left homeless in the Great Chicago fire.[2]

Cook, who worked as a printer's devil in his father's print shop and as a volunteer in Sunday schools around Chicago, judged that most available Sunday school literature "suffered from either loose theology or poor design."[3] With his wife Marguerite, he established a newspaper, Our Sunday School Gem, to meet the need for quality Sunday school literature before starting his eponymous publishing company. As the twentieth century began the company moved to larger facilities in suburban Elgin. By the 1920s, the company produced more than 50 titles and had an annual circulation of two million.[3]

The company moved its headquarters from Elgin to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1995.[4] For a time it did business under the name Cook Communications Ministries before changing its name back to David C Cook in 2007.[5]

AcquisitionsEdit

David C Cook acquired Kingsway in 1993, Scripture Press/Victor Books in 1996, and Integrity Music in 2011.[6][7]

In 2015, David C Cook acquired assets from Gospel Light and Standard Publishing, including the Gospel Light Curriculum line, The Standard Lesson Commentary, HeartShaper and Route 52 Curriculum from Standard among other products. This acquisition positioned David C Cook as the 2nd largest Sunday School curriculum publisher in the world, only behind LifeWay Christian Resources.[8][9]

In 2016, David C Cook Canada was bought by management and merged with Augsburg Fortress Canada. It is now known as Parasource Marketing & Distribution.[10]

FoundationEdit

David C Cook is a nonprofit publisher that uses the proceeds from its sales for global ministry. The David C Cook Foundation was founded in 1942 by Francis Kerr Cook “to aid and promote the work of religious education without profit to any person or group.”[2] The projects of the foundation include providing the Life on Life curriculum and the Action Bible, translated into local languages, for children's ministry use around the world.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Balmer, Randall (2002). "Cook, David C. (1850-1927)". Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.
  2. ^ a b c "About". David Caleb Cook Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  3. ^ a b ""Religion…Is Our Business:" Religious Workers and Religious Work at the David C. Cook Publishing Company". PracticalMattersJournal. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  4. ^ Heilman, Wayne; Telegraph, Gazette (1993-10-02). "Companies to bring in 650 jobs/ Publisher, IBM subsidiary announce plans for Springs". Colorado Springs Gazette - Telegraph; Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Springs, Colo., United States, Colorado Springs, Colo. pp. –1. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  5. ^ "David C Cook: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  6. ^ February 5; 1996. "Cook Purchases Scripture Press". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  7. ^ David C Cook Acquires Integrity Music Archived 2013-01-03 at Archive.today. HM Magazine, June 2011.
  8. ^ "David C Cook Acquires Gospel Light Curriculum". David C. Cook. Archived from the original on 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  9. ^ Johnson, Christine D. "David C Cook acquires Standard Publishing resources". www.christianretailing.com.
  10. ^ "Parasource". parasource.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26.

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