The KJV is the first church Bible that many of us who relate to this blog are familiar with. There were, of course, church Bibles before the KJV but only a small percentage of people today are familiar with them. Among them were the Wycliffe Bible, Great Bible, Geneva Bible, Bishops' Bible, and Douay-Rheims (a Catholic version). The Tyndale New Testament was influential; Tyndale was executed before he or his followers could complete the Old Testament. Many of the Tyndale wordings were retained in the KJV.
Since the KJV's publication in 1611, the following have attained to the status of being widely used church Bibles, at least in the U.S.:
- NAB (a Catholic version)
- The Holy Scriptures (1917 JPS, Jewish translation)
- Tanakh (1985 JPS Jewish translation)
The NWT, of course, is the Bible version most widely used in services of Jehovah's Witnesses, although Jehovah's Witnesses often study other Bible versions. The ESV is being adopted by some individual congregations as their church Bible. Perhaps some denominations [one candidate would be the Presbyterian Church (PCA)] will encourage use of the ESV as their church Bible. The HCSB is probably used as a church Bible in some Southern Baptist churches.
I am not so familiar with which versions have been treated as church Bibles in the U.K. Perhaps Peter Kirk or others could comment. I know that candidates for U.K. church Bibles would be the English Revised Version (1881), the NEB, and its successor the REB.