In the early days of World War II, a young couple, Ken and Bessie Adams, heard Jesus' call to "feed my sheep." Together they worked with other evangelists in England, holding tent meetings and visiting homes. On many of these visits, they found that they had been preceded by others who left literature, especially Jehovah's Witnesses. Ken declared, "I cannot stand by and watch the spread of so much dangerous propaganda and not do something about spreading the truths of the Gospel." So he and Bessie began bringing good Christian literature with them as they met with people.
Fired by his passion for literature distribution, Ken rented some upstairs rooms in Colchester for a bookroom, then later opened a street-level bookshop under the name "The Evangelical Publishing House." This took place even when the government was severely limiting publishing and the opening of bookshops in wartime England. The Adams felt led to align themselves with the Worldwide Evangelization (now WEC, International), with plans to help that organization establish regional centers across England. Although they planned to leave their bookshop, they did not want to see it closed. Norman Grubb of WEC was thrilled with the potential of a string of bookshops and remarked, "We could begin scattering 'spiritual Woolworths' around the country and then worldwide." Requests, opportunities, and funding began to present themselves to Ken and Bessie, resulting in the formation of CLC as an autonomous ministry incorporated Nov. 1, 1941.
By the end of the war, there were six literature centers across England and a ministry to German POWs. Growth continued with God's grace and blessing as today CLC serves in over 58 countries where more than 1000 men and women of diverse nationalities are joining hands to feed a world hungry for Christian literature.