Our Leadership Team

Roy Peterson: President

Dr. Roy L. Peterson, President

Dr. Roy Peterson joined American Bible Society after serving 10 years as the president and CEO of The Seed Company. Prior to his time at the Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliate, Roy served as president and CEO of Wycliffe USA. Roy also spent eight years in Ecuador and Guatemala serving in leadership positions for Wycliffe organizations.

Roy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Roger Williams University and a Master of Arts in Social Science/Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Taylor University and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford. Roy and his wife, Rita have three children and three grandchildren.

Steve King: Chief Operating Officer

Steve King, Chief Operating Officer

Stephen King serves as chief operating 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.

Robert L. Briggs

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.

Julia A. Oliver

Julia A. Oliver, Chief Financial Officer

Julia 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.  

Dr. R. Mark Dillon

Dr. R. Mark Dillon, Executive Vice President

Mark served nearly two decades as the Vice President of Advancement for Wheaton College. As his role grew, he was also provided supervision for alumni relations and communications, serving as a member of the senior administrative cabinet. As part of his role at Wheaton, Mark recently provided leadership for the successful completion of a $260 million capital campaign.

Mark is a conference speaker and author of a number of books including the industry leading publication, “Giving and Getting in The Kingdom: A Field Guide”. He has also served as a consultant or board member for a number of organizations, including strong ties with a number of current ABS partners. An ordained minister, Mark holds a B.A. from Bethel University (MN), a M.Div. from Trinity (IL) and a Ph.D. from Union Institute (OH). Mark and his wife, Susan are the parents to three adult children (Daniel, Joel, and Laura Grace) and grandparents to seven grandchildren.

Geof Morin, Executive Vice PresidentGeof Morin

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.

Board Members

As of June 30, 2013

Pieter Dearolf, Chairman of the Board Nick Athens, Vice Chairman of the Board Elizabeth Peale Allen, Recording Secretary / Treasurer

Thomas Bindley Victor Cardenas Rebecca Contreras Jerry Dimitriou

James Eastman Sharon Watson Fluker Mark Hanson Cheryl Holland Harvey Hoskins Karen Louie

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas Angelique Walker-Smith The Rev. Paul A. Soukup S.J. Frank M. Taylor, III David J. Trobisch Darrell L. Whiteman