"FOR KERRY E DOUGLAS , the publisher of The Gospel Truth Magazine and CEO of the World Wide Music Inc. music label, there was no doubt about where he wanted to set up shop seven years ago. 'Houston is home. I couldn't imagine doing this anywhere else,' says Douglas. 'It's turned out to be a huge blessing.' ...

"Douglas, 39, has turned his one-time, garage-based company into a national entertainment venture by amassing 250,000 subscribers to The Gospel Truth Magazine and through steady album sales by contemporary gospel stars like Keith 'Wonder-boy' Johnson, Greg O'Quin, and the fast-rising James Fortune. ... 'It all has grown immensely since when we started,' says Douglas. 'But it's still a family business.' ...

"Gospel Truth began as the catalog arm of Douglas's division and a means to order albums through the mail. Over time it has evolved into a nondenominational, faith-based magazine focusing on music, ministries, and Christian beliefs. One edition could feature Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams on the cover the next could feature pastors such as Dr. I.V. Hilliard or Joel Osteen. 'My idea was not to sell this strictly through churches, but to get it onto magazine racks next to entertainment magazines like Vibe. We've succeeded with that,' says Douglas. ...

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