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.
Dr. R. Lamar Vest has been a long–term leader in the development and expansion of Bible mission both here in the United States and around the world. Prior to his appointment as president, he served as the executive vice president of Global Scripture Ministries for the American Bible Society and has served as chairman of the Bible Society's Board of Trustees.
In addition to these Bible Society responsibilities, Dr. Vest serves as a member of the executive committee of the United Bible Societies Global Board. He has served as chairman of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and as a member of the NAE's board of directors and executive committee. Further, Dr. Vestís ministry experience includes executive leadership with the Church of God and a former President of Lee University.