The founders of Livingstone, Bruce Barton, Dave Veerman, and James Galvin, worked in executive ministry
positions in Youth for Christ.
In the early 1980s, challenged to begin a publishing enterprise within YFC’s ministry, they began the creative
process of developing several books, including Parents & Teenagers and Youth Evangelism, (both Gold Medal
winners) for Scripture Press/Victor Books; Practical Christianity for Tyndale House Publishers, and numerous
guides and meeting plans for youth group leaders. Then began the biggest project of all. In a partnership between
YFC and Tyndale House, Bruce, Dave, Jim, and Ron Beers (now of Tyndale House) created a study Bible that would
go with The Living Bible text. After several years and thousands of hours of hard work, the Life Application Study
Bible was published in 1988, and, at the same time, Livingstone was born.
That was 30 years ago. Livingstone grew and has completed over 280 specialty Bibles and more than 600 trade
books, devotionals, gift books, and curriculum products. While Bruce and Dave continue to consult with Livingstone, Ashley Taylor has now taken over the reigns in the role of President. Ashley has been with Livingstone since 1996 and in that time has worked with the goal of meeting publishers needs in the marketplace.
On a production level, Livingstone has worked on over 200 Bibles in the typesetting capacity. We have served upwards of 50 Christian publishing houses and ministries for Bible typesetting and have set all the major Bible translations. Livingstone has also typeset Bibles in over 30 different languages. Along with this experience is a team of typesetters who stay on the front lines of new technology and procedures and also has a capacity level that allows for accelerated schedules when needed. A longstanding relationship with Peachtree and Bible database holders serves to aid clients in customer service and ease of project management. Bible typesetting is a craft that is complex as well as significant in the handling of God’s Word and it is a privilege to be a part of such important work.
Livingstone is named after the famous explorer, David Livingstone. The founders believed he captured the heart
and essence of their personal vision—to mark new territory, explore new vistas and serve people, while advancing
the Good News of Jesus Christ. This founding vision is still central to Livingstone’s DNA and culture today.
- Bible typesetting
- Book/devotional/curriculum typesetting
- creative design
- editorial services