Lamar Vest assumed the role of President and CEO of the American Bible Society, one of America’s oldest charities, on January 1, 2009, after 17 years of service to the organization. Founded in 1816, the American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so that all people may experience its life-changing message.
With a commitment to this mission, Vest has worked to extend the reach of Scripture globally and encourage engagement with its life-changing message.
Under Dr. Vest’s leadership, the American Bible Society is working to maximize new opportunities for delivering Scripture where it is most needed, including "anytime, anywhere" access to Scripture through MP3, web, print, email, and mobile technologies.
Prior to his appointment as president of the American Bible Society, Vest served the organization as executive vice president of Global Scripture Ministries and chairman of the American Bible Society's Board of Trustees. Vest also currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the United Bible Societies Global Board.
Vest holds a bachelor's degree from Lee University and a master of arts from the Church of God Theological Seminary.