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Bible Society announces new chief executive

Paul S Williams, Research Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Bible Society ...

He replaces James Catford who left Bible Society after 14 years last Christmas.

Paul trained as an economist at Oxford University and obtained an MCS in Theology and Biblical Studies at Regent College, Vancouver. Paul was for a time Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ, an international property consulting business based in London.

He led the Marketplace Institute at Regent College, Vancouver from 2005 and was elected Academic Dean in 2009, a position he then held for four years. A key focus of his work has been helping those inside and outside the church understand how the Bible is relevant for them.

Announcing his appointment, Bible Society Chair James Featherby said: "We are delighted that Paul has agreed to be our new Chief Executive, and we are looking forward to all that he will bring to the role.

"We are deeply impressed by the quality of his Christian faith, his commitment to the Scriptures, and his vision for the national and international mission of Bible Society. We believe that Paul is the right person to lead us through an exciting new phase of growth and development."

Commenting on the news, Paul Williams said: "Bible Society is a remarkable organisation, that having been faithful to its founding mission for over 200 years, is now uniquely placed to ‘offer the Bible to the world’ in the contemporary context. I am deeply privileged to have the opportunity to serve in this role as Bible Society seeks to help people engage the Bible in Britain, and respond to the opportunities and needs arising from the growth of Christianity internationally."

Paul is married to Sarah, and they have two grown up daughters. He is committed to working across all traditions and networks. It is expected that Paul will take up his post this September. Until that point, Paul Woolley will remain Interim Chief Executive.

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