Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

Dr. Greg Pruett

Dr. Greg Pruett

President, Pioneer Bible Translators; Author, Extreme Prayer

Greg Pruett has been President of Pioneer Bible Translators since January 2007. Greg and his wife Rebecca, along with their three children, lived in West Africa for more than 12 years, where they completed a translation of the entire Bible into the Yalunka language. Greg holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and a degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Tyndale House published Greg’s first book, Extreme Prayer: The Impossible Prayers God Promises to Answer, in 2014.

Jeff Wilhoit

Jeff Wilhoit

Executive Vice President, Pioneer Bible Translators

Scott Graves

Scott Graves

Personnel Officer, Pioneer Bible Translators

Rich Sheeley

Rich Sheeley

Chief Development Officer, Pioneer Bible Translators

Jack Straus

Jack Straus

Chief Legal Officer

Clint Stringer

Clint Stringer

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Anthony Parker

Dr. Anthony Parker

Global Partnerships Officer

Brad Willits

Brad Willits

Field Ministries Officer

Board Members

Dr. Dave Butts

Dr. Dave Butts

President, Harvest Prayer Ministries; Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Bible Translators

Dave joined the Board of Directors in 1992. He holds a B.A. from Lincoln Christian College, a M.A. from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary. He joined the board because he “believes that Pioneer Bible is one of the most effective missions in the world today.” Dr. Butts has served as Chairman of the Board since 2003.

Dr. Mike Chambers

Dr. Mike Chambers

Vice Chairman of the Board

Mike joined the Board of Directors in 1994. He holds a B.A. in Missions from Lincoln Christian College, M.A. and M.Div. degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy from Warnborough University. Dr. Chambers first learned about Pioneer Bible from Rondal Smith, President Emeritus. He was compelled to be part of the board due to his interest in missions and biblical languages.  Dr. Chambers currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the board.

Janet Hayes

Janet Hayes

Board Member

Janet joined the Board of Directors in 1985. She holds a master’s degree from Johnson Bible College. She currently works for Home Healthcare in Tyler, TX. Janet has served the board in a variety of roles, and she currently serves with the Policy Division as Corporate Secretary.

Dick Jorgensen

Dick Jorgensen

Board Member

Dick joined the Board of Directors in 1982. He holds a B.A. from Lincoln Christian College and a B.D. from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Dick has served as a minister for several churches and an administrator for various Christian colleges. Dick currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Corporate Treasurer.

Dr. Greg Pruett

Dr. Greg Pruett

President, Pioneer Bible Translators; Author, Extreme Prayer

Greg Pruett has been President of Pioneer Bible Translators since January 2007. Greg and his wife Rebecca, along with their three children, lived in West Africa for more than 12 years, where they completed a translation of the entire Bible into the Yalunka language. Greg holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and a degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Tyndale House published Greg’s first book, Extreme Prayer: The Impossible Prayers God Promises to Answer, in 2014.

Bill Bourland

Bill Bourland

Board Member

Bill joined the Board of Directors in 2008. He holds a B.S. in Mass Communication and Business from Abilene Christian University. He has spent his career in broadcasting, marketing, and as a video writer and producer. Bill wanted to be part of the board due to his passion for Pioneer Bible’s mission as well as his personal connection to several staff members. His primary area of responsibility with the board is development.

Dr. Tom Ewald

Dr. Tom Ewald

Board Member

Tom joined the Board of Directors in 1984. He holds a B.A. from Lincoln Christian College, M.A. and M.Div. degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and a M.S. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University. Upon his retirement from teaching career in 2010, he was granted a D.Div. from Lincoln Christian University. Dr. Ewald joined the board because he was impressed with Pioneer Bible’s commitment to “work on the cutting edge of world evangelism.” He currently serves on the Care Team helping with the psychological testing of recruits and pre- and post-trip interviews and debriefings.

Dr. Pat Magness

Dr. Pat Magness

Board Member

Pat joined the Board of Directors in 1987. She holds a B.A. in English from Milligan, a M.A. in English from Vanderbilt in English, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies from Emory. She taught at numerous schools and colleges in her career. Dr. Magness joined the board with “the desire that people have Scripture in their own heart language, their own mother tongue.” She currently serves on the Personnel Team.

Bridget Schnautz

Bridget Schnautz

Board Member

Bridget joined the Board of Directors in 1997. She holds a B.A. from Lincoln Christian University and has worked primarily in human resources. Janet wanted to be part of the board because “Pioneer Bible’s mission has always been at the very heart of what God expects of us and [she] wanted to be a part of it.” She currently serves on the Resource Committee.

Mike Armstrong

Mike Armstrong

Board Member

Mike joined the Board of Directors in 2015. He holds a B.A. in New Testament Theology from Ozark Christian College and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Arkansas. He has worked primarily in campus ministry, including serving three terms as President of the Association of College Ministries. He admires Pioneer Bible’s “vision and commitment of the ministry and those who have given themselves to its purpose” and believes that this vision intersects with his life’s work. Mike currently serves on the Nominating Committee.

Greg Coldewey

Greg Coldewey

Board Member

Greg joined the Board of Directors in 2016. He holds a B.B.A. in Finance and has worked in the employee benefits insurance industry his entire career. Greg wanted to join the board because he believes that “Pioneer Bible Translators is doing the most important work with the most integrity of any organization.”

Doyle Jennings

Doyle Jennings

Board Member

Doyle joined the Board of Directors in 2014. He holds degrees in physics and mathematics from Abilene Christian University. Doyle has worked for Unysis and Oak Hills Church of Christ, where he oversaw technology and facility management. Mr. Jennings is currently serving as an asset for Pioneer Bible’s current construction projects.

Dr. Susan Jennings

Dr. Susan Jennings

Board Member

Susan joined the Board of Directors  in 2014. She holds a B.A. from UTSA, a M.A. from Trinity University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas. Dr. Jennings has served as a licensed psychologist for over 30 years. She primarily serves Pioneer Bible through assessing and reviewing the psychological testing of potential missionaries.

Jonathan Ott

Jonathan Ott

Board Member

Jonathan and Stephanie have been married twenty-two years with daughter Elise (16) and son Ian (13). His favorite verses are Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 1:29. Jonathan currently serves on the deacon board at Faith Bible Church in DeSoto, Texas, with Stephanie in their AWANA program, and in Bible Study Fellowship’s children’s program. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Jonathan’s work experience was in IT management until returning to his family’s electronics contract manufacturing business. After hours, Jonathan enjoys remodeling, spending time outdoors, tech, and listening to audiobooks.

Phillip Kemp

Phillip Kemp

Board Member

Phillip is married to Sarah Kemp and has four beautiful children, Jealyn 6, Phillip 5, Eliza, 4, and Gideon 2. He works at Compass Christian Church as the Domestic Outreach Pastor. Phillip has the pleasure of working alongside refugees, the homeless, foster kids, and a number of great organizations. He also loves to play chess and read.

Our Mission

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

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