Bio: Roy L. Peterson

President and Chief Executive Officer                                                                                                                     

"In many parts of the world, men and women continue to risk their lives to introduce people to God's Word. They do it because they have experienced the Bible's life-changing message and want to give others the same opportunity. That passion for Scripture is what drives American Bible Society—as it has for nearly two centuries."
—Roy Peterson

Roy Peterson Quick Facts

  • American Bible Society

    • President and CEO since February 2014

  • Prior Bible Ministry Posts:

    • President and CEO of The Seed Company (2003 – 2014)

    • President and CEO of Wycliffe USA (1997 – 2003)

    • Government Relations and Field Director for Wycliffe organizations (1988 – 1997)


In January 2014, Roy Peterson was selected by the Board of Trustees to be the next president and CEO of American Bible Society; he began his new position in February. Peterson spent over a decade as the president and CEO of The Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible translation ministry based in Arlington, Texas. Prior to joining The Seed Company, Peterson held several leadership positions at Wycliffe. Early in his Wycliffe career, he served in Ecuador and Guatemala with Wycliffe’s sister organization, SIL International, in field administration and government relations. He went on to become president and CEO of Wycliffe USA from 1997 to 2003.

Before taking up 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 Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University in 2014 and has an honorary doctorate from Taylor University for his work in Bible translation. Peterson and his wife, Rita, have four children and five grandchildren.

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