Cedar Rapids, IA (PRWEB) July 29, 2011
Craig Rairdin been selected as a first-round inductee to the Christian Computing Hall of Fame for his contributions to Christian ministry through the development of Bible software.
The Christian Computing Hall of Fame was established in July 2011 by Christian Computing Magazine to honor and recognize individuals that have made significant contributions toward the use of computers and technology in Christian ministry.
Rairdin, currently president of Laridian, Inc., is a 1981 graduate of the University of Iowa and life-long resident of Cedar Rapids. He is one of five charter inductees to the hall of fame.
While working as a programmer for Rockwell International in 1988, Rairdin spent his nights and weekends writing the program that would become QuickVerse®. Originally intended only as a tool for his pastor and him to use for personal Bible study, he was inspired to begin selling it from home by the success of another Cedar Rapids software entrepreneur, Bob Parsons. Parsons was selling his MoneyCounts® accounting program out of his basement and Rairdin was using it to keep track of his church’s finances. After a few months on his own, Rairdin took his program to Parsons Technology. There he became Vice President and led Parsons Technology’s Church Software Division.
During his ten years at Parsons Technology, Rairdin oversaw the development of Membership Plus® church management software and a variety of other Bible study and church office products. These included an interactive Bible atlas, a self-pronouncing Bible, eBooks that included video and 360-degree “photo bubbles”, and an online library of reference books accessed over the Internet (at a time when people were only just beginning to use the Web). He was also a founder of the Bible Software Industry Standards Group (BSISG) and the author of the STEP™ standard that promoted a common binary eBook format between all Christian software publishers.
In 1998, Rairdin co-founded Laridian to develop software for the next frontier, mobile phones and PDAs. Rairdin wrote the first version of PocketBible® for Windows CE. Within just a few years, Laridian’s mobile Bible software products were outselling their desktop-bound competitors. Today, Laridian products are available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, RIM BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, webOS, Palm OS and Windows PC.
"I am humbled to be included in the first round of inductees into the Christian Computing Hall of Fame," says Rairdin. "I've been blessed to work with some talented people over the last 23 years. We've been in a continuous process of making Bible study easier, more accessible, and more rewarding through the application of technology. It's an honor to have that effort recognized."
Christian Computing Magazine began publishing in 1989 to provide information on software, services and other areas of technology as they relate to the Christian community, the church and ministry. Additional information on the Christian Computing Hall of Fame can be found at http://www.ccmag.com.