The Word Group comprises WORD BOOKSTORE and WORD Australia.
WORD BOOKSTORE is a group of Christian stores , with web, app and mobile services offering the best in Christian material including Books, Bibles, Christian Music, DVDs, Software, cards and Gifts in very attractive retail environments and online.
WORD AUSTRALIA is a trade distributor serving Australian and New Zealand Bookstores on a wholesale level. The WORD group celebrates its 66th Anniversary in 2012.
Word Bookstore commenced as a division of The Gospel Film Ministry Ltd (GFM) founded in Sydney, Australia, in 1946 by Raymond James Moulton. The Christian film industry was commencing and Mr Moulton set up an evangelistic ministry showing films and preaching the gospel. Churches of all denominations were quick to see the potential of visualising the Christian message and before long obtained projectors of their own and began renting films from GFM.
In 1953 Mr Moulton moved the headquarters of GFM from Sydney to Melbourne. Interest in films grew and outlets were soon opened around Australia. In addition to film libraries, GFM began distribution of Christian music from WORD Inc, of Waco, Texas, USA in the 1950s. In the early 1970s GFM established its first retail Christian bookstores at Oakleigh, Victoria, known as Word Bookstore and began selling a large range of Christian material.
Raymond Moulton passed management of the company to his sons, Stan and Norm, on his retirement in 1976. With continuing growth and emphasis on retailing in following years further bookstores were opened and Christian retailing became a major activity of the organisation throughout Australia. Word moved to a prime retail location at Nunawading, Victoria in 1997, which became the National Headquarters of Word and under management of Norm Moulton, Word expanded its retail operations over the next 10 years, with new stores, catalogue offers and internet shopping.
Word Bookstore has embraced technological change in the emerging digital age as evidenced by its web site, word.com.au, and ebook advances evidenced by Word’s amazing app program.
Today, in it’s 66th year, Word Bookstore and Word Australia is managed by Stuart and Craig Moulton, grandsons of the founder. The organisation is a leading Australian Christian communications company, serving the church, colleges, and individuals with the best in Christian resources and using the best of technological advances. Word is a significant Australian Christian ministry organization employing a wide group of dedicated Managers and staff to fulfil its Mission Statement.
Word also operates the wholesale distribution company, Word Australia. This commenced in the 1950’s as licensee for Word Inc. of Waco, Texas, USA and continues today as Australian and New Zealand distributor for Word Entertainment, Gaither Music and other significant overseas Music, DVD and Publishing houses. Word Australia is a major supplier to Australasia’s network of Christian booksellers with its fine range of Christian material.
Our Mission Statement
"To promote the Christian Faith and Lifestyle by providing a full range of Christian resources and supplies in a welcoming physical and online environment and at attractive prices. Our staff are dedicated to this Mission and committed to providing the highest level of customer service."