Pioneer Bible Translators

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Pioneer Bible Translators' desire is to work with Jesus Christ in discipling the nations. They believe that enabling people to hear and read God's Word in their own language is an essential part of discipleship. To this end they work to translate the Bible into languages into which it has not yet been translated.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Pioneer Bible Translators
7255 West Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236


Phone: (214) 699-4300

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237433923

CEO/President: Mr. Gregory Pruett

Chairman: Mr. David Butts

Board size: 15

Founder: Mr. Al Hamilton

Ruling year: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


Vision: Transformed lives through God's Word in every language

Pioneer Bible Translators® bridges the gap between the church and the Bibleless peoples around the world. Our team is composed of Bible translators, literacy evangelists, church planters and a variety of support personnel working to see transformed lives through God's Word in every language. Pioneer Bible Translators is working in 28 countries in 108 languages that impact 102.5 million people.

Mission statement

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

Statement of faith

We believe in one God who created the world and exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is Savior and Lord.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who indwells believers to lead and help them.

God saves people and gives them eternal life through Jesus.

God's salvation is by grace through faith.

We respond to God's gift of salvation by obeying His commands.

Baptism is the pledge of a good conscience to God that clothes us in Christ.

Each follower of Jesus should strive to live a holy, godly life.

Jesus is building the Church by assembling communities of His followers.

We accept the Bible as the Word of God, our supreme authority and the basis of all we believe and do.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating800 of 103412 of 16
Fund acquisition rating485 of 10368 of 16
Resource allocation rating832 of 103613 of 16
Asset utilization rating712 of 10349 of 16

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$957,834$1,157,572$0$134,399$119,668
Short-term investments$4,258,993$2,837,254$2,756,074$1,258,241$1,274,588
Other current assets$241,470$219,791$256,592$124,826$119,799
Total current assets$13,584,090$10,676,162$8,008,922$7,092,632$8,601,819
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,994,190$5,304,106$5,562,434$5,738,071$3,424,073
Other long-term assets$965,413$483,238$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$5,959,603$5,787,344$5,562,434$5,738,071$3,424,073
Total assets$19,543,693$16,463,506$13,571,356$12,830,703$12,025,892
Payables and accrued expenses$336,240$372,325$412,970$498,782$388,826
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$92,401$215,284
Total current liabilities$336,240$372,325$412,970$591,183$604,110
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$336,240$372,325$412,970$591,183$604,110
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$7,535,737$6,925,937$6,426,010$6,425,837$5,310,778
With donor restrictions$11,671,716$9,165,244$6,732,376$5,813,683$6,111,004
Net assets$19,207,453$16,091,181$13,158,386$12,239,520$11,421,782
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Total contributions$17,125,112$16,990,913$14,161,682$13,001,880$12,733,337
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$128,955$103,617$38,480$20,286$13,181
Other revenue$181,795$267,305$216,972$189,036$215,651
Total other revenue$310,750$370,922$255,452$209,322$228,832
Total revenue$17,435,862$17,361,835$14,417,134$13,211,202$12,962,169
Program services$11,050,172$11,240,683$10,514,437$9,460,556$8,914,167
Management and general$1,912,467$1,924,236$1,805,238$1,858,460$1,633,675
Total expenses$14,319,590$14,429,040$13,498,268$12,393,464$11,222,864
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$3,116,272$2,932,795$918,866$817,738$1,739,305
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,116,272$2,932,795$918,866$817,738$1,739,305


Jeff WilhoitExecutive Vice President$106,794
Rich SheeleyMobilization & Development$96,288
Jack StrausChief Legal Officer$93,420
Michael Scott GravesPersonnel Officer$85,100
Clint StringerChief Financial Officer$77,500
Greg PruettPresident, Board Member$57,025
Kyle VonRuedenBd Member/Branch Rep (Part Year)$46,581
Shaun CooperBd Member/Branch Rep$38,963
Janet HayesSecretary$29,658
Yancy FarissBd Member/Branch Rep$29,500
Melinda VelasquezBd Member/Branch Rep (Part Year)$25,873
William ButlerBd Member/Branch Rep (Part Year)$20,009

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/27/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


God inspired Al Hamilton in the mid-1970's with a passion and a vision to mobilize more of God's people for the task of translating Scripture into every language. He and other members of the Christian Churches began to recruit missionaries from Restoration Movement churches to translate the Bible. They decided to form a mission that would work in close cooperation with Wycliffe. But the new mission would try a new approach, combining the genius of Cameron Townsend (founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators) with that of Donald MacGavran (founder of the Church Growth movement), with an emphasis on excellence in Greek and Hebrew exegetical studies inspired by Eugene Nida (United Bible Societies). This new mission would mobilize churches to send missionaries who would use Bible translation and literacy as strategies for church planting and church growth. From this vision, Pioneer Bible Translators was born in 1976.

With our roots in the Restoration Movement, Pioneer Bible Translators is committed to practicing unity in the body of Christ with Scripture as the sole authority. We promote the restoration of the unity of the Church by mobilizing Christians to work together on the basis of obeying the clearly taught, essential elements of Scripture while allowing for a wide diversity of opinion on matters that Scripture does not make clear. Because of our history, we pay special attention to mobilizing the churches of our heritage, but we seek also to mobilize believers of every background, all who are able to unite around reading and obeying the Bible and making it accessible to people who do not have it. Today, Pioneer Bible Translators bridges the gap between the Church and Bibleless peoples, translating the Word into the heart languages of unreached people to transform lives and grow thriving New Testament churches.

Program accomplishments


We are seeking new missionaries who will step up and meet the need for incarnational ministry among Bible-less peoples. Pioneer Bible Translators currently sends missionaries from Canada and the United States. Our International Service Center, located in Dallas, TX, is crucial in attaining our global ministry goals. From here, missionaries train and prepare for cross-cultural ministry.