Adventist Pastor to Lead Church-specific Focus for Digital Publisher
Martin Weber heads new product department for Logos Bible Software (Posted June 27, 2013)
BY MARK A. KELLNER, news editor
he leading domestic publisher of Bible software and digital media for churches has hired a Seventh-day Adventist pastor to spearhead a new effort aimed at the Adventist market.
Martin Weber, a pastor and editor who served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 41 years, most recently as communication director for the Mid-America Union, recently retired from denominational service and accepted the invitation of Logos Bible Software to become the firm’s Seventh-day Adventist product manager.
Based in Bellingham, Washington, Logos has more than 2 million customers of its Bible software worldwide, with users in more than 210 countries, and publishes in more than 30 languages. It is the only electronic publisher to offer The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary and the Ellen G. White writings as part of an integrated Bible study software system. Logos is believed to be the first non-Adventist publisher to create a position specifically aimed at serving the Adventist market.
Weber, in a telephone interview, said his task will be to expand the list of Adventist-related publications—which now stands at 18, including the recent addition of the Andrews Study Bible notes—to cover a broad range of the movement’s writers and thinkers. “I’m hoping to take leading Adventist writers and speakers, contemporary and historical, and have them available in an Adventist-specific package,” he said. Logos has a proprietary database system in which thousands of documents can be searched at once for highly specific results. For example, it will be possible to type “Rev. 14:6” and see where every Adventist author in the database has ever quoted the first angel’s message.
PRODUCT MANAGER: Martin Weber, who recently retired from denominational service as Mid-America Union communication director, is the new Seventh-day Adventist product manager for Logos Bible Software in Bellingham, Washington. [PHOTO: Mid-America Union]
Logos can also transcribe into print format various Adventist audio and video archives and make them searchable with a keystroke by users. Potentially, one could instantly discover every time Voice of Prophecy founder H.M.S. Richards was recorded speaking the word “Gethsemane” in his nearly five decades of radio broadcasting or whenever George Vandeman used the word “Armageddon” in his 35 years of telecasting. Logos hopes to package the written transcripts of their messages, and those of more than a dozen other beloved Adventist teachers past and present—with their original audio or video—thus opening up a multimedia trove of teaching treasure for today’s Adventists.
Weber is working with Logos leaders to provide Adventists materials in languages other than English, giving priority to Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. Ultimately, he said, thousands of articles in the archives of numerous Adventist publications can be bundled into general categories such as spirituality, outreach, Adventist history, prophecy, etc. The whole mass of documents can then be searched specifically, so that any Adventist document included in the database that used the word “Millerite” will be instantly discoverable. Participating Adventist publishers and authors would receive royalties from Logos sales of their documents. Weber said he wants to “work in collaboration with existing Adventist publishers, seeking ‘win-win’ partnerships for the sake of benefiting church members globally.”
Another advantage for Seventh-day Adventists, Weber said, is that evangelists and pastors may publish digitized versions of their own outreach books and study guides through Logos, thus avoiding denominational prejudice by bearing the imprint of a nonsectarian publisher. Such resources would also be available to the wider Logos user base of Christians across denominational lines.
Weber’s four decades of denominational service on five continents have uniquely equipped him to service the Adventist market through Logos. Along with his work at the Mid-America Union, Weber served at the Voice of Prophecy in 1983 and two years later became assistant to the director/speaker for It Is Written. He wrote 100 telecast scripts and answered more than 8,000 letters from viewers seeking biblical information.
During the early 1990s Weber served as associate editor for Ministry magazine and as a member of the General Conference Executive Committee and the Ministerial Association. He also authored several books on Adventism, served as an adjunct professor at Adventist colleges, was a member of the International Police and Fire Chaplain’s Association, and was volunteer chair for The Hope of Survivors, an international, ASI-affiliated organization supporting victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Tom Lemon, Mid-America Union president, said, “I have experienced [Martin] Weber as a deeply sincere and highly committed church leader. I appreciate his commitment to the church, even as he has fearlessly pointed out opportunities for the church to be more like her master, Jesus Christ.”
Logos Bible Software describes itself as the leading provider of multilingual tools and resources for Bible study on Macs, PCs, and mobile devices. Logos has served pastors, scholars, and everyone who wants to study the Bible since 1992, partnering with 150 publishers to offer nearly 35,000 Christian e-books to users in 210 countries.
—with information from the Mid-America Union and Logos Bible Software