News Release: Gospel Advocate Under New Ownership
Nashville, Tenn. – The Gospel Advocate Company has been purchased by Charles Randall (Randy) Duke from Neil W. Anderson. The sale is effective April 1.
Since it was begun by Tolbert Fanning and William Lipscomb in 1855, the company has published the Gospel Advocate. Considered to be the fifth oldest magazine in the United States, the 160-year-old publication has grown into Gospel Advocate Company, one of the largest publishing houses serving churches of Christ.
Anderson completed 50 years in Christian retail and publishing in November 2015. “The Gospel Advocate has a rich heritage, and I am glad to have had a small part in it,” Anderson said. “It has been instrumental in helping encourage and inform Christians for 160 years, and I believe Randy will continue the purpose of the founders – to advocate for the Gospel of grace in Jesus Christ.”
Duke, a native of Ashland City, Tenn., earned a bachelor of science in biology from Memphis State University in 1987 and an Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee in 2009. A Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Duke has served in executive level positions in human resources for several wood product companies prior to starting a human resource consulting business in 2007.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the Gospel Advocate,” Duke said. “It is an awesome responsibility, and I am excited about the future. I want the Gospel Advocate to remain committed to being the ‘always reliable’ source of support for Christians around the world while developing resources for multiple generations.”
Currently serving as an elder at the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Church of Christ, Duke has also worshiped with the Kensington Woods congregation in Hattiesburg, Miss.; the Ault Road congregation in Knoxville, Tenn.; and the Old Hickory, Tenn., congregation. Duke also works with the Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver, Colo., as director of development.
Duke has been married to the former Jodie Galloway since 1990. They have two married children – Chet (Rachel) Duke and Hannah (David) Lee.
Well-known editors of the Gospel Advocate include Tolbert Fanning, William Lipscomb, David Lipscomb, B.C. Goodpasture, Ira North and Guy N. Woods. The current editor is Gregory Alan Tidwell. The magazine has been known for its biblical commitment, covering a variety of topics, maintaining a moderate tone, and its approachability.
The Gospel Advocate Company, publishers of magazines, Bible school curriculum and books, serves churches worldwide through its catalog, phone and Internet operations. The Gospel Advocate has bookstores in Nashville and Dallas.