When Tim Turner first created an app for the church he attended, Mars Hill, he never imagined it would become the core of his business. Four years after launching his own software company, Subsplash, in 2005, Turner created the app as strictly a “volunteer thing.”
Today, the Seattle-based company has become the top app provider for churches around the world, including more than 50 of the 100 largest churches in the United States. Its product, “The Church App,” helps churches engage their congregations with gospel-centered content. Users can study the Bible, register for events, listen to sermons and music, and download media for offline listening.
The fast-growing company now employs 130 people, 21 more than last year. Besides Seattle, it has offices in Wenatchee and Austin, Texas, and additional employees in Denver, Los Angeles, Virginia and Portland, Oregon.
Subsplash predominately serves Christian churches. Of its approximately 10,000 paying customers, 70 percent are either churches or nonprofits. Its platform includes Subsplash Giving, which helps organizations raise money, and SnapPages, which builds websites.
Besides churches, Subsplash clients include Microsoft Corp., Expedia Inc. and T-Mobile Inc. The company has worked with medical groups, schools, training organizations and businesses that use its platform for employee engagement.
Turner’s leadership philosophy was influenced by the book “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t.”
“We found that leaders that had a pretty big impact on a company exemplified humility,” says Turner, a former software product designer at Microsoft. “It’s a value that really resonates with my faith in being a Christian, but it plays out in business.”
That philosophy also resonated with dozens of employees who nominated Subsplash for a Best Places to Work award from Seattle Business magazine.
Turner vows to keep going until the company “equips every church” with its app. He likes to tell the story of a church in Kennesaw, Georgia, called NorthStar, that paid off $6.8 million worth of debt using the Subsplash Giving platform. “That’s pretty cool,” he says. “People can get excited about that."