In March 2013, S. Douglas Birdsall assumed the role of president and CEO of American Bible Society. With more than 30 years spent pointing people to the message of the Bible, he extends the reach of Scripture globally and encourages engagement with its life-changing message.
Prior to his appointment, he served as executive chairman of the Lausanne Movement and the founding director of the J. Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. As the chief executive of the Lausanne Movement, Birdsall led efforts to mobilize leaders, equipping them to face the most pressing challenges to biblical Christianity around the globe. The most recent 2010 gathering in Cape Town, South Africa, drew more than 4,000 attendees representing 198 countries and another 100,000 leaders linked in through remote sites in 92 countries. Christianity Today called it the most representative gathering of Christian leaders in the 2000-year history of the Christian movement.
As director of the J. Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions at Gordon-Conwell, Birdsall has been integral in leading efforts to assist the local church in fulfilling its mission to see new churches extended in each of the unreached people groups of the world.
Doug holds a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College, a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell and a master of theology from Harvard University. He received his doctorate from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
Robert L. Briggs, Executive Vice President Robert Briggs serves as the executive vice president of Global Scripture Ministries for American Bible Society. He led the first team launching Global Scripture Impact, the American Bible Society’s research arm, in early 2007. Prior to his Global Scripture impact role, Robert led the fund development teams of American Bible Society, raising more than $200 million in five years. Before joining American Bible Society in 1999, Robert Briggs had leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and Cityhill (a Christian publishing company). He serves on the Global Board of the United Bible Societies and is chairman of the Forum of Bible Agencies – North America. Robert is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He and his wife have five children and live in east-central Pennsylvania.
Stephen King serves as chief operations officer for American Bible Society. Steve works across functional lines to integrate and coordinate operations and strategy and is responsible for the success of all operations related to the internal systems.
Before joining the Bible Society, Steve worked as a consultant, providing leadership training and advisory services for clients in various sectors: finance, law, entertainment and nonprofit organizations. Previously, Steve worked in the securities industry for 25 years and was a senior vice president with EF Hutton and a senior director with Barclays Bank.
Steve is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a bachelor of science in psychology and management. He served as board president for Services For the Underserved, chairman of the Securities Industry Association, HR Committee and also served as a member of New Jersey Human Resources Planning Society. Steve resides in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
JJulia A. Oliver, CPA/PFS, CGMA, serves as the chief financial officer for American Bible Society. She is a seasoned finance executive with a well-rounded skill set in accounting, operations, internal controls, systems and treasury functions. Before joining American Bible Society, Julia was an auditor of financial services and not-for-profit clients and then assumed leadership roles in finance as a controller and later CFO of brokerage firms. She was a managing member of and CFO/COO of a regulated investment advisor with assets under management of over $1.2 billion. She has served as CFO/Treasurer and director of Corporate Socially Responsible Investing with a nationwide church benefits organization.
A summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and currently a student at University of Scranton, Julia volunteers as a member of the Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Committee of the State of New Jersey, Department of Banking & Insurance. She is a member of the AICPA and the State Society of CPA's for both New York and New Jersey. Julia actively volunteers at her home church of St. Gabriel's in Marlboro, NJ. She and her husband, Christopher are the parents of two daughters, a U.S. Army ROTC Cadet studying at University of Scranton and a Junior Naval ROTC Cadet.
Geof Morin, executive vice president, joined American Bible Society five years ago. A seasoned communications professional, he launched a fully integrated marketing and communications team for the Bible Society upon arriving. He now is pioneering ABS’ Bible Advocacy efforts, a new ministry sector focused on shifting public perceptions of the Bible through arts and media.
Geof has a personal passion for arts and media. He played the role of “Biff” in a short-lived campus soap opera, toured with New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company and directed a punk rock Christian dance club.
Before working for the Bible Society, Geof served in various advertising, marketing and church development arenas. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
As of July 1, 2011
Pieter Dearolf, Chairman of the Board
Elizabeth Peale Allen
Hans G. Jepson
Trustee Emeriti/Senior Advisors
Ann Johnston, RSCJ
Paul A. Steiner
Ex-Officio Voting Board Members
S. Douglas Birdsall
R. Lamar Vest