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Baker Publishing Group
Baker Publishing Group logo.jpg
Status Active
Founded 1939
Founder Herman Baker
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Ada, Michigan
Distribution self-distributed (US)
Parasource Marketing & Distribution (Canada)
CUM Books (South Africa)
Lion Hudson (UK)
SPCK (Baker Academic and Brazos, UK)[1]
Imprints Bethany House, Revell, Baker Books, Baker Academic, Chosen, and Brazos Press
Official website

Baker Publishing Group is a Christian book publisher based in Ada, Michigan. It has six subdivisions: Bethany House, Revell, Baker Books, Baker Academic, Chosen, and Brazos Press.


The company was founded in 1939 by Herman Baker in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company has published Christian books that discuss many issues, from family life to theology, within a broadly evangelical framework.[2] Baker publishes books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling and leadership. Baker also publishes for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, spirituality, encouragement, relationships, marriage, parenting and the intersection of Christianity and culture.[3]

In June 2014 Baker announced that it had acquired Regal Books from Gospel Light.[4]


Bethany House

Baker is regarded as a "pioneer" in publishing Christian fiction.[5]


The Fleming H. Revell Company was established in 1870 by Christian Evangelist D.L. Moody and his brother-in-law, Fleming H. Revell. The two men identified a market for practical books that would help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. In 1992, Revell was absorbed by Baker.[6]


The Chosen publishing enterprise began in 1971. In 1985, the company was absorbed into the Revell publishing Group. When Revell was bought by Baker, the Chosen imprint remained as a distinct unit within the newly expanded company.[7]

Brazos Press

Brazos Press is a publisher of theology and theologically-based cultural criticism, with an orientation toward postliberal viewpoints within mainline Protestantism.[8]


  1. ^ "International Booksellers | Baker Publishing Group". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  2. ^ Baker company history, Baker Book House web.
  3. ^ Baker mission, Baker Book House web.
  4. ^ "Baker Publishing Group Acquires Regal Books from Gospel Light". Baker Publishing Group. Christian Retailing. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  5. ^ Tomlin, Jimy (2 August 2007). "Write". McClatchy - Tribune Business News. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  6. ^ Revell company history, Baker Book House web.
  7. ^ Chosen company history, Baker Book House web.
  8. ^ Brazos mission, Baker Book House web.

Further reading

Byle, Ann. (2014). The Baker Book House Story Grand Rapids: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0801016585

Fisher, Allan. (1995). Fleming H. Revell Company: The First 125 Years, 1870-1995. Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell. ISBN 978-0-8007-5585-0

External links

  • Baker Book House
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