THE FOUNDRY STORY
The year was 1716. Europe was recovering after the end of the War of Spanish Succession. To celebrate the long-awaited peace, the British determined to recast the captured cannons of the French into new cannons for the English. But a flawed casting process created an explosion at the local foundry, rattling the community to its core and killing or injuring many of the celebrants. For decades, the forge stood cold and abandoned atop Windmill Hill in London—until one winter day when a young John Wesley found himself preaching to a large crowd from the steps of the old building.
The forge soon became the Foundry Church—the birthplace and cradle of a new theology. The Foundry Church grew quickly to more than 1,000 people. The congregation did more than gather on Sunday morning. Members made loans to the needy, provided medical care to the sick, set up a school, and offered housing for widows and orphans. The Foundry Church forged a new way of sharing Christ with the world. This theology of a personal and corporate holiness—a commitment to justice and compassion forged within the Foundry Church—reflects our vision at Nazarene Publishing House.
For more than a century, NPH has served as a foundry of a different sort, setting hot type and pressing ink to paper in order to share a theology of hope and love that transforms culture. The days of lead typesetting are gone, but our purpose to empower transformation remains. Just as, 300 years ago, John Wesley imagined from the steps of a burned-out building how he could more effectively spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, we also have a clear vision: as the world’s leading publisher of Wesleyan-Holiness resources, we are called to give voice to a radically optimistic theology of transformation.
With this in mind, NPH is returning to our beginnings. Starting February 2018, we will become The Foundry Publishing—a place where faith is forged.