Lifeway Christian Resources was founded in 1891 by J.M. Frost, a pastor. Frost borrowed some money from his wife and ,with the approval of the Southern Baptist Convention, he began a small bookstore, which mainly offered Sunday School materials.
Today, Lifeway Christian Resources is one of the largest providers of religious and Christian materials in the world. In addition to books, this non-profit company offers Christian inspired jewelry, Holiday cards, eBooks, and gifts. The company also does their own ministry, and provides audio and video recordings, as well as church supplies and internet services.
The company has more than 186 locations, more than 4,000 full time employees, and has one of the largest Christian conference centers in the world. Lifeway Christian Resources acquired Berean Christian Stores in late 2013, which had 17 locations in California.