Bellingham, Wash.-based church technology company Faithlife has acquired Wordsearch Bible, a similar software product built by LifeWay Christian Resources.

“We want our customers to have the best user experience in the world when they engage with our content, and Faithlife’s commitment to providing high-quality Bible study software is second to none,” Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of LifeWay, said in a statement. “They are in a unique position to protect the investment each customer has made in Wordsearch content and ensure that the resources and tools they rely on remain central to their study and sermon preparation for years to come.”

Faithlife will add seven employees from LifeWay. Founded in 1992, Faithlife has 373 employees, including 294 people at its Bellingham HQ. It has additional offices in Arizona and Mexico.

Faithlife, ranked No. 18 on the GeekWire 200, has seen more interest in the company’s digital offerings for churches during the pandemic. Faithlife also accelerated its efforts to build a native live-streaming platform to meet demand from churches, expanding beyond its previous support for live streaming through third-party services such as Facebook and YouTube.

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