About Pioneer Bible Translators 

From Bible Translation to Life Transformation

About Pioneer Bible Translators

From Bible Translation to Life Transformation

The goal of Pioneer Bible Translators isn’t just translation, but transformation. We bring people to Jesus through Bible translation and church planting, combined with discipleship, incarnational ministry, and the use of translated Scripture.

The word “Pioneer” reflects our commitment to translating the Bible and planting churches among the world’s least-reached people groups. Our primary focus is on the most challenging language groups — those who are marginalized, those who live in hard-to-access places, and those who are Deaf.

Because we specialize in both Bible translation and church planting, Pioneer Bible Translators is uniquely positioned to reach language groups who still have no church and no Scripture.

Our Mission

Pioneer Bible Translators exists to disciple the Bibleless, mobilizing God’s people to provide enduring access to God’s Word.

Our Vision

Transformed Lives Through God’s Word in Every Language

Our Strategy

Prayer is our Strategy to Reach the Bibleless

Filling the Gaps in the Bible Translation Movement

In the last 10 years, Pioneer Bible Translators has doubled the number of projects and staff. In the next decade, this growth must accelerate in order to accomplish our goal of 300 completed projects by 2050.

Since 1976

Language Projects


Million Language Speakers

Published Bibles

Published New Testaments

Published Verses
Everyone Has a Role to Play

You Can Help Bring God’s Word to Unreached People!

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Your prayers matter. Pray for our worldwide team and the people we serve.

Pioneer Bible Translators Consists of


National Co-Workers

Generous Donors
Translation Process

We Train and Equip National Co-Workers for Bible Translation

By living incarnationally among the Bibleless, we build relationships and raise up leaders through discipleship so they can lead Bible translation efforts in their own language.

Deaf Ministries

We Equip Deaf Believers to Reach Bibleless Deaf People Worldwide

Less than 2% of the world’s 70 million Deaf people know God. Pioneer Bible Translators is committed to making the Bible available in sign languages, and we are recruiting and training Deaf leaders to see lives transformed through God’s Word in every sign language.

Church Partnerships

We Are Mobilizing Churches to Accelerate Bible Translation

Pioneer Bible Translators builds fruitful partnerships with churches to spread the Gospel through the work of Bible translation, church planting and discipleship.

Global Partnerships

We Develop the Capacity of the Global Church to Disciple the Bibleless

Pioneer Bible Translators partners with a global network of organizations to recruit, train, and send international teammates to places that are not accessible to US missionaries

Bible Translation Movement

We Collaborate to Finish the Task of Bible Translation

Pioneer Bible Translators is a member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International, which exists to maximize the access and impact of God’s Word. We are also part of illumiNations, a collective impact alliance, which aims to eliminate Bible poverty in this generation through collaborative efforts.

Languages That Need Bible Translation to Begin

Spoken Languages

Sign Languages

Statement of Faith

We are committed to practicing unity in the Body of Christ with Scripture as the sole authority.

Strategies and Methods

We utilize a flexible and holistic approach to Bible translation and discipleship.

Who We Are

Our core values and ideal culture define what we do and how we work together.

Our Story

Pioneer Bible Translators was founded in 1976 in order to mobilize churches to send missionaries who would use Bible translation and literacy as strategies for church planting and church growth. We will follow the Spirit’s lead to fill the gaps in the Bible translation movement so that we and our partners will see churches with Scripture transforming every language group on earth by 2050.



Board of Directors

Stories With Eternal Impact

Impact Stories

Stories of How You Help People Experience God’s Word in Their Own Language

Annual Reports

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2023 Annual Report
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2022 Annual Report
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2021 Annual Report
Give With Confidence

Top 2% of Charities

Charity Navigator has rated Pioneer Bible Translators® “Exceptional” —their highest rating — since 2011 based on financial health, accountability, and transparency. Pioneer Bible Translators is also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Your Prayers Make a Difference.

Prayer is our primary strategy to reach the Bibleless. Make an impact by praying now.