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History

  • 1935

    First issue of The Upper Room daily devotional guide is published and 100,000 copies are distributed

  • 1938

    First "other language" edition of the guide is printed

  • 1939

    The devotional literature department is created and publishes its first tract

  • 1940

    A Braille edition of the guide is started

  • 1944

    Circulation of the guide passes the two million mark

  • 1949

    The Upper Room Fellowship is established to respond to prayer requests and to manage the endowment fund


    The Upper Room Library begins its collection of devotional books

  • 1953

    The Upper Room Chapel and Museum opens, featuring The Last Supper wood carving

  • 1959

    The World Christian Fellowship Window is installed and dedicated in the chapel

  • 1960

    First annual edition of The Upper Room Disciplines is published as a pastor's aid

  • 1963

    Editions of the daily devotional guide are now printed in 35 languages

  • 1970

    The guide becomes available on cassette tape

  • 1971

    Alive Now magazine is launched

  • 1972

    The Upper Room Chapel and Museum registers its one millionth visitor

  • 1973

    The Upper Room Prayer and Bible Conference holds its first gathering

  • 1974

    First large-print edition of the daily devotional guide is printed


    Maxie Dunnam's Workbook of Living Prayer is published

  • 1975

    The 40th anniversary of The Upper Room is observed in Nashville by delegates from 36 international editions

  • 1977

    The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is established

  • 1978

    The Walk to Emmaus movement is started

  • 1980

    The 600-millionth copy of The Upper Room is printed

  • 1981

    Pockets magazine is launched

  • 1982

    The first Academy of Spiritual Formation is held in Nashville

  • 1983

    The Living Prayer Center receives 9,000 calls per month

  • 1985

    Chrysalis movement is started

  • 1986

    Weavings journal is launched

  • 1988

    An Adventure in Healing and Wholeness program is launched

  • 1995

    The Upper Room Museum is renovated and hosts its four-millionth visitor

  • 1996

    Devo'Zine magazine is launched


    The Upper Room enters cyberspace with its own web site

  • 1997

    The E-mail Edition of the daily devotional guide begins

  • 1998

    The Living Prayer Center receives 15,000 calls per month

  • 2001

    MethodX, a website for Young Adults, is launched


    Companions in Christ is launched

  • 2002

    The Living Prayer Center receives 6,000 prayer requests via the website


    Africa Upper Room Ministries is founded near Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 2003

    Editions of the daily devotional guide are now printed in 44 languages


    Nearly 3,000 copies of Prayers for Courage are sent to military personnel serving overseas


    Academy for Spiritual Formation adapted for use in South Africa. Participants intentionally include black, white, and Indian persons.


    "Academia de Formacion Espiritual" held in Puerto Rico (Spanish adaptation of the Five Day Academy

  • 2004

    The Living Prayer Center receives 30,000 calls per month


    SOULFeast retreat is held at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

  • 2010

    The Upper Room daily devotional guide celebrates its 75th anniversary

  • 2013

    El Aposento Alto the Spanish edition of The Upper Room daily devotional guide celebrates its 75th anniversary