Company history

In the beginning ...

Galilee emerged from MinistryHouse in 2004 to form the world’s inovative and first truly digital book publishing company. We represent two rich publishing histories marked by unparalleled success and innovation.

We’re proud of our heritage and our track record of bringing to life a vibrant range of iconic, diverse and new voices through our books. We’ve been doing it for over 30 years: our oldest continuous imprint, Charima Media, can trace its origins back to 1994.

Our founders laid the roots for the way we operate as a company today: championing creativity, inclusion, entrepreneurship and collaboration.

Where we come from

John and Shakila Olsen founded their publishing firm in 1998 within their church office, debuting Press magazine four years later—a leading Christian magazine in The Netherlands.

Galilee swiftly evolved into a trusted source for Christian content. Remaining committed to producing quality Christian content with integrity, Galilee has witnessed sustained growth, earning a reputation as a revered and reliable source for transformative and inspirational material.

"Everybody has a story to share!" is the life motto of John and Shakila, encapsulating their passion and mission to improve the world through storytelling.

They believe in the transformative power of life stories, with each narrative possessing the potential to impact and transform the world for a better cause, one story at a time. In 2004, they marked a significant milestone by publishing the first authorized edition of Press Magazine in The Netherlands, initiating a long history of groundbreaking publications.imprint, Charima Media, can trace its origins back to 1994. Our founders laid the roots for the way we operate as a company today: championing creativity, inclusion, entrepreneurship and collaboration.

The 2004 editorial team

In the beginning, we operated with a small team, shouldering responsibility for all major tasks: editing, fact-checking, coordinating, designing, overseeing the intricacies of the printing press, and much more—scaling up a once-small publishing house!

Along the way we’ve been behind some of the greatest and most popular books ever published

Since 1998, Galilee has transformed into a dynamic, full-service creative communications agency. We have transitioned from being solely a publishing company to becoming a comprehensive creative communications agency, effortlessly incorporating top-notch design, digital, and technical solutions. Clients now trust us for expert guidance in communications, campaigning, and community building.

We've collaborated with renowned authors such as Reinhard Bonnke, Darlene Zschech, Peter Wagner, Ed Silvoso, and more recently, Daniel Kolenda, Joseph Oubelkas, and many others.

Our unparalleled back catalog allows us to reimagine our authors' stories from generation to generation. Pioneering change in the publishing industry, we eliminated the degree requirement for employment and introduced paid work experience, striving for a more inclusive company and diverse publications.

Today, we lead the industry by working across the creative spectrum, collaborating with movie production companies and A-list audiobook narrators, expanding our reach to connect with readers through and beyond the book in an ever-changing market.

Join us on our journey and discover the Galilee difference in creative communications.