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United Bible Societies appoints new General Secretary

READING, England; September 6, 2001 — The United Bible Societies (UBS) today named Neil Crosbie as its next General Secretary. Mr Crosbie, currently the Chief Executive of the Bible Society in England and Wales (British and Foreign Bible Society [BFBS]), will take up the position on January 1, 2002. He succeeds the Rev Fergus Macdonald.

Commenting on the appointment, Sally Shoemaker Robinson, Chair of the UBS Global Board, said, “We are delighted to have been able to make this appointment. Neil has made an outstanding contribution to the Bible cause over many years and this appointment will enable him to lead the worldwide Bible Society fellowship to new areas of service.”

Mr Crosbie, 48, joined BFBS in 1979, holding a number of management positions including Personnel and Administration Director. In 1991 he became Executive Director (General Secretary) with responsibility for day-to-day operations. He was appointed Chief Executive in 1995.

Mr Crosbie said he felt humble and privileged to be appointed as UBS General Secretary. He added that he was looking forward to serving the worldwide fellowship and to guiding it through the task affirmed for it at the UBS World Assembly in Midrand, South Africa, last October.

Under his leadership the keyword in Bible Society’s strategy has been ‘engagement’ – providing new ways to put a nation which has largely given up reading the Bible back in touch with its claims, values and aspirations. He spoke recently of a vision to “weave the transforming nature of the Bible into the fabric of society.”

Last year Bible Society was involved in securing a cinema release for the award-winning animation feature film The Miracle Maker which is based on Luke’s Gospel and tells the story through the eyes of a little girl.

“Helping people across the world to engage with Scriptures in ways which are relevant and appropriate to them is a challenge which I am looking forward to immensely,” he said.

Mr Crosbie studied at Aston University, where he gained a BSc in Administrative Science, and later at the Open University Business School.

He is married and has three grown-up children.

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