About By the Book, Inc.


Our Mission

Church software is our ministry at By the Book. Our mission is to bring the best possible software solutions to those we serve. Whether large or small, we believe that all need great tools to help them fulfill their own ministry. This is why we constantly evolve and innovate. We also believe you should be able to pick up the phone and talk to someone when you have questions and we don't think you should have to break the bank in the process! We strive to better serve you so you can serve others.

Our History

By the Book was founded in 1992 by Gene McGlasson. It was actually called By the Numbers back then. Gene, a retired engineer and pilot, developed Roll Call for the church he was attending at the time. He realized there were many churches that could benefit from this software so he began marketing it. In 1998 Gene and Laura (his wife) moved the business to Colorado and it officially became By the Book. From 1998 to 2002 Gene and Laura continued to develop the functionality of Roll Call and Honor Roll.

In 2002 David and Kim Conley felt called to use their database development skills to serve the church. As the Lord would have it, Kim met Gene and Laura at a trade show in Denver and a wonderful partnership was born. Kim started working at the By the Book office for the next several years to learn the business. August 2004, David and Kim officially purchased the business from them.

In 2004 the business was moved to northern Illinois. Since that time we have built a team of developers and support staff to serve this growing ministry.

March 2019 after much prayer and consideration, By the Book merged with ACS Technologies.  For more information on the merger and how it might effect you, check out our merger FAQ page.