Our Leadership

Senior Leadership

Dr. Roy L. Peterson

President

Roy Peterson was selected by the Board of Directors to be the president and CEO of American Bible Society, beginning his new role in February 2014. He is also a non-voting Board director. Peterson spent a decade as the president and CEO of The Seed Company, a Bible translation ministry...

Roy Peterson was selected by the Board of Directors to be the president and CEO of American Bible Society, beginning his new role in February 2014. He is also a non-voting Board director.

Peterson spent a decade as the president and CEO of The Seed Company, a Bible translation ministry based in Arlington, Texas. Before joining The Seed Company, Peterson served as president and CEO of Wycliffe USA.  Prior to serving as President, Peterson held several leadership positions at Wycliffe Bible Translators. He served for a number of years in Ecuador and Guatemala with Wycliffe’s sister organization, SIL International, in field leadership and government relations. 

Prior to full-time ministry work, Peterson held management positions with U.S. Shoe Corporation, Florsheim Corporation and American Greetings Corporation.

Peterson is a graduate of Roger Williams University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Social Science/Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leadership at Stanford University and has an honorary doctorate from Taylor University for his work in Bible translation as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Eastern University.

Peterson and his wife, Rita, have four children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Roy L. Peterson, President

Robert Briggs

Senior Vice President, Mission Advancement

Robert Briggs leads the fund development work to cultivate and strengthen American Bible Society’s relationships with and contributions from financial partners. Briggs is helping to open new opportunities for American Bible Society to achieve its goals entering a third century of ministry. Briggs has served in several roles at...

Robert Briggs leads the fund development work to cultivate and strengthen American Bible Society’s relationships with and contributions from financial partners. Briggs is helping to open new opportunities for American Bible Society to achieve its goals entering a third century of ministry.

Briggs has served in several roles at American Bible Society since he joined the organization in 1999. He oversaw the launch of Global Scripture Impact, American Bible Society’s research arm, and then served as Senior Vice President of Global Scripture Ministries, which developed and managed ministry programs and projects.

A Global Council Member of the United Bible Societies, chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Executive Board of the Forum of Bible Agencies-North America, Briggs oversees American Bible Society’s partnerships with the world’s Bible agencies. Additionally, as a member of the Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN) Steering Committee, Briggs is on the frontlines of Bible translation, working alongside the largest Bible agencies in the world to accelerate the digitization of existing translations and the development of new translations.

Briggs is a graduate of the University of Missouri and, before joining American Bible Society, held leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and Cityhill (a Christian publishing company). He and his wife have five adult children and three grandchildren.

Robert Briggs, Senior Vice President, Mission Advancement

Laura Dabkowski

Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Development

Laura has more than 25 years of organizational leadership experience with successes in driving increased organizational effectiveness and engagement. She has served in leadership positions with General Electric and ARAMARK in numerous industries, including financial, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, insurance and service delivery. Most recently, as vice president for ARAMARK’s...

Laura has more than 25 years of organizational leadership experience with successes in driving increased organizational effectiveness and engagement. She has served in leadership positions with General Electric and ARAMARK in numerous industries, including financial, manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, insurance and service delivery.

Most recently, as vice president for ARAMARK’s Healthcare and Higher Education divisions, Laura provided strategic direction delivering effective and aligned execution in the areas of organizational development/readiness and human resources across the $3.5 Billion Healthcare business. Prior to joining ARAMARK, Laura served as Vice President, Human Resources for GE Capital and Human Resources Leader for GE Equipment Management and Aircraft Engines

Laura is currently participating in the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. In addition, she is engaged in the Nonprofit Administration post graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fel’s Institute. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Based in the Philadelphia area, Laura and her husband Mark are the parents of Michelle and Jim, both who are currently attending university.

Laura Dabkowski, Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Development

Geof Morin

Senior Vice President, Ministry Mobilization

Geof Morin has spent the better part of his adult life helping find new avenues for reaching people with the message of the Bible. Since joining American Bible Society in 2007, Morin has overseen the organization’s communications and advocacy work. Under his leadership, American Bible Society commissioned the annual State...

Geof Morin has spent the better part of his adult life helping find new avenues for reaching people with the message of the Bible. Since joining American Bible Society in 2007, Morin has overseen the organization’s communications and advocacy work. Under his leadership, American Bible Society commissioned the annual State of the Bible research and created an interactive Bible Experience Center on Broadway.

In 2014, Morin’s role with American Bible Society expanded to overseeing domestic and international ministry while continuing to advance Bible advocacy and the development of Bible technology.

Prior to joining American Bible Society, Morin served in various advertising, marketing and church redevelopment arenas. He began his career with the global advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi. He then turned his attention to ministry, completing a Yale University masters degree, and launching and directing two nonprofits for at-risk youth. Morin later served as the director of marketing at Geneva Global, a leading philanthropic research and consulting firm, before joining American Bible Society in 2007.

Based in the Philadelphia area, Morin and his wife Rachel are the parents of two daughters.

Geof Morin, Senior Vice President, Ministry Mobilization

Jim Puchy

Chief of Staff

James J. Puchy serves American Bible Society in the Office of the President as the Chief of Staff. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 after serving in the Army Chief of Chaplains’ Office as Commandant and Director of Sustainment and Information from April 2008. Dr. Puchy was the...

James J. Puchy serves American Bible Society in the Office of the President as the Chief of Staff. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 after serving in the Army Chief of Chaplains’ Office as Commandant and Director of Sustainment and Information from April 2008.

Dr. Puchy was the founding pastor of Helemano Community Chapel in Hawaii, Continental Community Chapel in Fort Monroe and Chapel Next in Fort Belvoir. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Rutgers University as well as master degrees from University of Southern California, Alliance Theological Seminary, Syracuse University and U.S. Army War College. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California and a post-doctoral certificate in leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. A retired colonel, Dr. Puchy also has an extensive military education. Dr. Puchy is married to the former Rebecca Lynn Genshaw of Bad Axe, Michigan. The Puchys reside in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.     

Jim Puchy, Chief of Staff

Stephen Kao

General Counsel

Stephen Kao joined American Bible Society as General Counsel in 2017. He brings over two decades of experience in legal counsel. Prior to joining American Bible Society, Steve served as Senior Counsel at Gammon & Grange, a private law firm outside of Washington DC. In addition to his legal expertise, Steve brings...

Stephen Kao joined American Bible Society as General Counsel in 2017. He brings over two decades of experience in legal counsel. Prior to joining American Bible Society, Steve served as Senior Counsel at Gammon & Grange, a private law firm outside of Washington DC.

In addition to his legal expertise, Steve brings a passion for ministry. He led a CRU ministry in North Carolina, promoted restorative justice with Prison Fellowship Ministries in Washington, DC, and served as president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Columbia University.

Steve graduated with honors in Political Science from Columbia University and earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Virginia School of Law. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife Teresa, where they homeschool their 3 children, Caleb, Bethany, and Micah. 

Stephen Kao, General Counsel

Mark Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Wilson brings a wealth of experience as a finance leader with proven success in nonprofit organizational growth, and is also deeply passionate about God’s Word and the mission of American Bible Society. In his previous role with Philabundance, Mark helped to ensure that 90,000 people per week were provided...

Mark Wilson brings a wealth of experience as a finance leader with proven success in nonprofit organizational growth, and is also deeply passionate about God’s Word and the mission of American Bible Society.

In his previous role with Philabundance, Mark helped to ensure that 90,000 people per week were provided with the food they needed in the greater Philadelphia region. He is excited now to be using his gifts of financial strategy, innovation, and servant leadership to serve the global mission of American Bible Society.

He is a CPA with his MBA who has also served at Westminster Seminary, AmerisourceBergen, and KPMG before joining Philabundance. Mark lives in Philadelphia area with his wife, Nathalie, and his three sons, Max, Luke, and Benjamin.

Mark Wilson, Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Brown

Chairman of the Board

Jeffrey Brown serves as chairperson of the Board. He brings twenty-five years of experience in law, finance, business development, and strategic planning to his work as cofounder, chief financial officer, and managing partner of RoseRock Capital. After earning a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of...

Jeffrey Brown serves as chairperson of the Board. He brings twenty-five years of experience in law, finance, business development, and strategic planning to his work as cofounder, chief financial officer, and managing partner of RoseRock Capital. After earning a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Houston, Brown received his juris doctor from South Texas College of Law. He has served on over a dozen for-profit and nonprofit directors’ boards and acted as chairman of the finance committee for Seed Company. He is also a guest lecturer and mentor for the Texas A&M University entrepreneurship program.

Jeffrey Brown, Chairman of the Board

Angela Williams

Vice Chairman of the Board

Angela Williams serves as vice chairperson of the Board. In January 2018, she was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals, Inc. In this role, she will lead the organization as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019 as the country’s leading nonprofit provider of services for people with disabilities....

Angela Williams serves as vice chairperson of the Board. In January 2018, she was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals, Inc. In this role, she will lead the organization as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019 as the country’s leading nonprofit provider of services for people with disabilities. She previously served as the interfaith liaison for the Bush‐Clinton Katrina Fund and as vice president and deputy general counsel of litigation and government relations for the Sears Holdings Corporation. Warner Books published a book inspired by her life, titled One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a juris doctor from the University of Texas, and a master of divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, Roderick.

Angela Williams, Vice Chairman of the Board

Katherine Barnhart

Secretary of the Board

Katherine Barnhart serves as secretary of the Board. She is the cofounder of GROVE Group, which enacts the Barnharts’ philanthropic vision. In addition, she has served as a board member or advisor for InterVarsity, The JESUS Film Project, Memphis Leadership Foundation, and World Relief. Barnhart also serves on the steering...

Katherine Barnhart serves as secretary of the Board. She is the cofounder of GROVE Group, which enacts the Barnharts’ philanthropic vision. In addition, she has served as a board member or advisor for InterVarsity, The JESUS Film Project, Memphis Leadership Foundation, and World Relief. Barnhart also serves on the steering committee for Every Tribe Every Nation, a partnership of funders and leading Bible agencies. She is married to Alan Barnhart, the founder of Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company, and her family was featured in the 2012 book Consequential Leadership by Mac Pier.

Katherine Barnhart, Secretary of the Board

Mark Hanson

Treasurer of the Board

Mark Hanson serves as treasurer of the Board. Hanson is president and owner of Sea Foam Sales Company, which sells automotive additives to buyers throughout North America. Hanson and his wife, Nancy Jo, have four children: Matthew, Kari, Shelby, and Eric. Hanson enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, and introducing others...

Mark Hanson serves as treasurer of the Board. Hanson is president and owner of Sea Foam Sales Company, which sells automotive additives to buyers throughout North America. Hanson and his wife, Nancy Jo, have four children: Matthew, Kari, Shelby, and Eric. Hanson enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, and introducing others to Jesus and the Bible.

Mark Hanson, Treasurer of the Board

Nick Athens

Nick Athens is cofounder and co-owner of EcoVac Services, a nationwide environmental remediation firm based in Atlanta, GA. He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of environmental cleanup, consulting, and oil and gas exploration. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Athens holds degrees in biology, chemistry, and...

Nick Athens is cofounder and co-owner of EcoVac Services, a nationwide environmental remediation firm based in Atlanta, GA. He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of environmental cleanup, consulting, and oil and gas exploration. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Athens holds degrees in biology, chemistry, and petroleum technology, and he has completed graduate courses in hydrogeology. Athens is an avid cyclist, and he resides in Atlanta with his wife of more than thirty years and their three children.

Nick Athens,

Thomas Bindley

Thomas Bindley is a retired corporate executive and private investor. He has served in executive roles for Whitman Corporation, Square D Company, and McGraw-Edison. In 1998, he founded Bindley Capital Corporation to assist smaller companies in raising capital and to provide them with strategic planning and financial consulting services. He also...

Thomas Bindley is a retired corporate executive and private investor. He has served in executive roles for Whitman Corporation, Square D Company, and McGraw-Edison. In 1998, he founded Bindley Capital Corporation to assist smaller companies in raising capital and to provide them with strategic planning and financial consulting services. He also served as a lieutenant in the United States Army Transportation Corps. Bindley holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a master of business administration from Harvard University. Bindley and his wife, Kathy, have four children and reside in Northfield, Illinois, and Naples, Florida.

Thomas Bindley,

Rebecca Contreras

Rebecca Contreras is president and chief executive officer of AvantGarde LLC, a management and informational technology government consulting firm. She also serves as cofounder of LaunchPad, a nonprofit organization that serves families and underprivileged youth in Austin, Texas. Contreras previously spent fifteen years in government, holding positions such as deputy...

Rebecca Contreras is president and chief executive officer of AvantGarde LLC, a management and informational technology government consulting firm. She also serves as cofounder of LaunchPad, a nonprofit organization that serves families and underprivileged youth in Austin, Texas. Contreras previously spent fifteen years in government, holding positions such as deputy assistant secretary and chief human capital officer at the United States Department of Treasury, presidential appointee on the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors, and special assistant to the President for personnel. Contreras has been married to her husband, David, for more than twenty-five years, and they have two children. Their home base is near Austin, Texas.

Rebecca Contreras,

Mark Dennis

The Rev. Mark Dennis is the chief executive officer and president of the McGaw YMCA. For more than a decade, he served as the senior pastor of the historic Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois. Dennis also served as president of The Alford Group, a national consulting firm serving nonprofits,...

The Rev. Mark Dennis is the chief executive officer and president of the McGaw YMCA. For more than a decade, he served as the senior pastor of the historic Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois. Dennis also served as president of The Alford Group, a national consulting firm serving nonprofits, and as associate dean for institutional advancement at Howard University School of Divinity. He holds degrees from Howard University School of Divinity, Bowling Green State University, and Morehouse College. Dennis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and he has four adult children and five grandchildren.

Mark Dennis,

Tessie DeVore

Tessie Güell DeVore serves as president of LUMO, a non-profit Bible engagement ministry. LUMO, a part of OneHope, uses unabridged Scripture and breathtaking visuals to paint an authentic portrait of the life of Christ. She also serves as vice president of publishing and marketing at OneHope. She has twenty-five...

Tessie Güell DeVore serves as president of LUMO, a non-profit Bible engagement ministry. LUMO, a part of OneHope, uses unabridged Scripture and breathtaking visuals to paint an authentic portrait of the life of Christ. She also serves as vice president of publishing and marketing at OneHope. She has twenty-five years of experience in English and Spanish Christian book publishing. In 2013, she was elected the first chairwoman of American Bible Society's Latino Advisory Council, and the first female president of the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Auburn University. She is married to her husband, David, and the parents of two sons.

Tessie DeVore,

Peter Handal

Peter V. Handal is Chief Executive Officer and President at SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals. He also holds several other senior leadership roles at Fillmore Leasing Company, J4P Associates, and a children's apparel and accessories company. In addition, he serves as an executive with Exxon Corporation working in its...

Peter V. Handal is Chief Executive Officer and President at SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals. He also holds several other senior leadership roles at Fillmore Leasing Company, J4P Associates, and a children's apparel and accessories company. In addition, he serves as an executive with Exxon Corporation working in its Treasurer's and New Investment Departments. Peter holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Peter Handal,

Cheryl Holland

Cheryl Holland is president of Abacus Planning Group, Inc., a financial planning and investment counsel firm that manages more than five hundred and fifty million dollars in assets. She earned a spot on Barron’s nationwide list of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in 2008 and has been on Worth magazine's...

Cheryl Holland is president of Abacus Planning Group, Inc., a financial planning and investment counsel firm that manages more than five hundred and fifty million dollars in assets. She earned a spot on Barron’s nationwide list of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in 2008 and has been on Worth magazine's nationwide list of Top Financial Advisors six times. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College.

Cheryl Holland,

Edward Kobel

Edward (Ed) Kobel serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of DeBartolo Development and is responsible for its strategy, execution, and capitalization. Since 2003, DeBartolo Development has underwritten a real estate pipeline of more than $4.6 billion. Throughout his career, Ed has championed charitable causes, devoting his time and leadership to...

Edward (Ed) Kobel serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of DeBartolo Development and is responsible for its strategy, execution, and capitalization. Since 2003, DeBartolo Development has underwritten a real estate pipeline of more than $4.6 billion. Throughout his career, Ed has championed charitable causes, devoting his time and leadership to multiple non-profit organizations and two universities. Originally from Pittsburgh, he served in the U.S. Army's counter-intelligence department, and now resides in Tampa with his wife and two daughters.

Edward Kobel,

George Kovoor

The Rev. Canon George Kovoor is a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II and has spent the past twenty-five years working as a missionary in the United Kingdom. He holds a bachelor of arts in politics, economics, and philosophy from the University of Delhi and a bachelor of divinity from Union...

The Rev. Canon George Kovoor is a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II and has spent the past twenty-five years working as a missionary in the United Kingdom. He holds a bachelor of arts in politics, economics, and philosophy from the University of Delhi and a bachelor of divinity from Union Biblical Seminary, Serampore University. He is the general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Angelical Communion, and he serves as the president of two colleges: Crowther Hall at the University of Birmingham and Trinity College in Bristol. Canon Kovoor and his wife, Chitra, live in New Haven, Connecticut, and have three adult children. The family enjoys cooking/eating, traveling, reading, watching sports, and listening to jazz.

George Kovoor,

Karen Louie

Karen Louie serves as the liaison between internal audit and the finance and audit committee for American Bible Society’s Board. She is the executive director and audit manager of JPMorgan Chase & Co and has more than thirty years of experience in internal audit. She holds a bachelor of business...

Karen Louie serves as the liaison between internal audit and the finance and audit committee for American Bible Society’s Board. She is the executive director and audit manager of JPMorgan Chase & Co and has more than thirty years of experience in internal audit. She holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from University of Wisconsin and the following certifications: certified in risk management assurance, certified regulatory compliance manager, certified anti-money laundering specialist, and certified fraud examiner. Louie lives with her husband, Frank, in New York City. They have two children and one granddaughter.

Karen Louie,

Mark Matlock

Mark Matlock is the founder and president of WisdomWorks Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, churches, and faith‐centered organizations leverage biblical wisdom. Mark is the creator of the PlanetWisdom student conferences and is the former executive director of Youth Specialties. A graduate of Biola University, Matlock has...

Mark Matlock is the founder and president of WisdomWorks Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, churches, and faith‐centered organizations leverage biblical wisdom. Mark is the creator of the PlanetWisdom student conferences and is the former executive director of Youth Specialties. A graduate of Biola University, Matlock has written more than twenty books for teens, including the Wisdom On… series, Living a Life that Matters, Smart Faith, and Don’t Buy the Lie. Mark recently authored three books for parents: Real World Parents, Raising Wise Children, and Ideas for Parents. Mark and his family live in Texas and attend Irving Bible Church, where Mark was ordained and where he serves as a teaching pastor.

Mark Matlock,

Theodore Nicolakis

Theodore (Theo) Nicolakis serves the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as its Chief Information Officer, combining his expertise in the technology field with his biblical and theological degrees. He pioneered the adoption of technology and digital communications, helping to steer the digital ministry strategy for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the...

Theodore (Theo) Nicolakis serves the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as its Chief Information Officer, combining his expertise in the technology field with his biblical and theological degrees. He pioneered the adoption of technology and digital communications, helping to steer the digital ministry strategy for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and many other Orthodox Christian organizations and institutions. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Gordon College, a Master’s of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and another Master’s Degree in Management and Systems from New York University. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.

Theodore Nicolakis,

Mario Paredes

Mario Paredes is founder and chairman emeritus of the board of Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. He also serves as president of North American‐Chilean Chamber of Commerce of New York and as vice president of Gabriela Mistral Foundation. He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board...

Mario Paredes is founder and chairman emeritus of the board of Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. He also serves as president of North American‐Chilean Chamber of Commerce of New York and as vice president of Gabriela Mistral Foundation. He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). For thirty years, Mario directed the operations of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in the northeast region. He also worked in various capacities at Merrill Lynch, including as vice president of business. From 2008 to 2015, he served at American Bible Society as Presidential Liaison to Roman Catholic Ministry. He holds Master’s Degrees in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Argentina and Religious Education at Loyola University Chicago.

Mario Paredes,

Georganne Perkins

Georganne Perkins served as Managing Director of Private Equity at Fisher Lynch Capital, a private equity firm investing in buyout funds, venture capital funds, and sponsored co‐investments. Since 2015, she has served as Senior Advisor to the firm. She previously served as Director of Private Equity at the Stanford...

Georganne Perkins served as Managing Director of Private Equity at Fisher Lynch Capital, a private equity firm investing in buyout funds, venture capital funds, and sponsored co‐investments. Since 2015, she has served as Senior Advisor to the firm. She previously served as Director of Private Equity at the Stanford Management Company where she was responsible for endowment investments in both venture capital and buyout funds. She serves on the Investment Committees for Santa Clara University and the San Bruno Community Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at University of California, Irvine.

Georganne Perkins,

Dr. Roy L. Peterson

President

Roy Peterson was selected by the Board of Directors to be the president and CEO of American Bible Society, beginning his new role in February 2014. He is also a non-voting Board director. Peterson spent a decade as the president and CEO of The Seed Company, a Bible translation ministry...

Roy Peterson was selected by the Board of Directors to be the president and CEO of American Bible Society, beginning his new role in February 2014. He is also a non-voting Board director.

Peterson spent a decade as the president and CEO of The Seed Company, a Bible translation ministry based in Arlington, Texas. Before joining The Seed Company, Peterson served as president and CEO of Wycliffe USA.  Prior to serving as President, Peterson held several leadership positions at Wycliffe Bible Translators. He served for a number of years in Ecuador and Guatemala with Wycliffe’s sister organization, SIL International, in field leadership and government relations. 

Prior to full-time ministry work, Peterson held management positions with U.S. Shoe Corporation, Florsheim Corporation and American Greetings Corporation.

Peterson is a graduate of Roger Williams University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Social Science/Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leadership at Stanford University and has an honorary doctorate from Taylor University for his work in Bible translation as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Eastern University.

Peterson and his wife, Rita, have four children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Roy L. Peterson, President

The Rev. Paul A. Soukup S.J.

Paul Soukup, S.J., is the chair of the communication department at Santa Clara University, where he has explored the connections between communication and theology since 1982. His publications include: Communication and Theology; Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey; Media, Culture, and Catholicism; Mass Media and the Moral Imagination with Philip J....

Paul Soukup, S.J., is the chair of the communication department at Santa Clara University, where he has explored the connections between communication and theology since 1982. His publications include: Communication and Theology; Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey; Media, Culture, and Catholicism; Mass Media and the Moral Imagination with Philip J. Rossi; Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media with Robert Hodgson; and Out of Eden: 7 Ways God Restores Blocked Communication. Father Soukup holds a doctor of philosophy in communication from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master of sacred theology and a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

The Rev. Paul A. Soukup S.J.,