The Bible in America

History From its founding in 1816, the American Bible Society has grappled with the task of making the Word of God available to Christians and churches in America. From its earliest days, it has worked to provide scriptures to the men, and later women of the military, to local and international bible societies, and to translate the Holy Bible to other languages used by peoples in the United States so that they could not only possess scripture, but could understand its importance in their own lives.

Leaders Starting with a leader of the American Revolution, Elias Boudinot, John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and going right down to the most recent president Lamar Vest, The American Bible Society has always been led by “true believers” in the Bible cause.


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Rev. Dr. Bryant M Kirkland

President of the American Bible Society, 1989-1990

Church Affiliation: Presbyterian

Portrait of Dr Bryant Kirkland

Dr. Kirkland was born on May 2, 1914 in Essex, Connecticut. He received his BA from Whaton College in 1935, an MA from Eastern Baptist Seminary, DD Degrees from Beaver College (1948) and Lafayette College (1962), an LL. D. from the University of Tulsa (1962) and an LHD degree from Lebanon Valley in 1983.

After ordination in the Presbytery of Pennsylvania, he served Presbyterian churches in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and new Jersey before receiving a call to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he served from 1962-1987. During this period he also conducted preaching missions in India, Hawaii, the Azores, Scotland and many parts of the United States, including the Pentagon and the US Naval Academy.

Dr Kirkland also served as President and as Chairman of of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Living in a Zigzag Age, Home Before Dark, Experiencing God in Unexpected Ways, and A Pattern for Faith.

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Dr. Kirkland died on Easter Sunday, April 23, 2000.

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