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.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
7500 West Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236-5236


Phone: (214) 699-4300


Organization details

EIN: 237433923

CEO/President: Mr. Gregory Pruett

Chairman: Mr. David Butts

Board size: 13

Founder: Mr. Al Hamilton

Ruling year: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


Pioneer Bible Translators bridges the gap between the church and the Bible-less peoples around the world. Our team is composed of Bible translators, literacy evangelists, church planters and a variety of support personnel transforming lives through God's Word in every language. We are serving 26 million people in 62 language projects in 14 countries. God is calling us to expand. With His help we will strive to start 37 new projects by the end of 2018.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Pioneer Bible Translators' Mission Statement is:

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

Statement of faith

Pioneer Bible Translators' Statement of Faith is:

Pioneer Bible Translators accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He is the only begotten Son of God who died on the cross for the salvation of all mankind. God raised Him from the dead and this is our assurance of salvation.

All that Pioneer Bible Translators does is done under the sovereign Lordship of Christ and with the intention of making Him Savior and Lord over all the world.

God has offered to every person everywhere the forgiveness of sins, the Spirit of God, and the inheritance yet to come on the basis of what Christ has done to save us.

In order to receive this gift of grace, God summons everyone to faith in Christ, repentance from sin, confession of Jesus as Lord, and on that basis, immersion into Christ.

We accept the Bible as being the Word of God. We regard the Bible as our authority in matters of religion and as the basis of all our faith and practice. True knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ comes to us through the Word of God.

Pioneer Bible Translators recognizes that Jesus Christ created the Church, and that it is made up of all those who have obeyed the Gospel and belong to Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church.

The nature of the Church as a people of God is determined by the Holy Spirit, whose presence within it gives the Church it's life and power.

The mission of the Church is to bring the message of salvation through Christ to all mankind, and summon them to obedience to Him as Savior and Lord.

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Financial efficiency ratings

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CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating736 of 101010 of 15
Fund acquisition rating444 of 10127 of 15
Resource allocation rating732 of 101210 of 15
Asset utilization rating700 of 10108 of 15

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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
Revenues and expenses
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$112,895
Rich SheeleyMobilization & Development$93,392
Jack StrausChief Legal Officer$90,608
Clint StringerChief Financial Officer$76,500
Michael Scott GravesPersonnel Officer$71,965
Michael BartonBd Member/Branch Rep$66,212
Greg PruettPresident, Board Member$56,915
Bryan HarrisonBd Member/Branch Rep$56,354
Kyle VonRuedenBd Member/Branch Rep$39,376
Yancy FarissBd Member/Branch Rep$36,100
Eunice HerchenroederBd Member/Branch Rep$29,950

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/6/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Pioneer Bible Translators was founded by Al Hamilton in 1976. He served as its first President. The first Pioneer Mission Institute was held on the Campus of Lincoln Christian College in 1976. In 1977 the first missionaries were sent out to Papua New Guinea. In 1980 PBT's sent its first missionary family to Zaire. In subsequent years missions have been opened in Guinea, West Africa, in Equatorial Guinea, Canada, Tanzania, and the Ukraine. PBT participation in the translation of the Bible into the local languages has serve to facilitate the spread of the Gospel in these areas.

Program accomplishments

Pioneer Bible Translators is now translating the Bible for 26 million people speaking 62 languages in 14 countries. Between July 2013 and June 2014, we have completed nine New Testaments and one full Bible and started translation in four new languages. In the coming months, we hope to complete several more New Testaments and a full Bible.

Details for July 2013-June 2014:

East Africa

  • 6 New Testaments are in typesetting to be printed this year
  • 4 New Testaments are in final stages of prepublication to be sent to the typesetter this year
North Africa
  • Helped partners produce revision of New Testament with Psalms, Genesis, and Exodus 1-20 in one language
  • First scripture portion (Mark) printed for one language
West Africa
  • Genesis - Job printed and distributed in one language, rest of Bible to be published soon
  • Genesis - 2 Samuel printed and distributed in one language
  • Dramatized Audio New Testament produced and distributed in one language
  • First scripture portions printed for 2 languages
Papua New Guinea
  • New Testament in Tay language printed and distributed, audio recording begun
  • 1 New Testament in final stages of prepublication
Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Started 1 new translation
Southeast Asia
  • 1 New Testament printed and distributed
  • Started 1 new translation
South Asia
  • Started 1 new translation
  • Produced the Jesus film in one language
East Asis
  • Started 1 new translation
  • 1 full Bible is in the final stages of checking


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.