CEO Dr Greg Clarke announces resignation

Bible Society Australia CEO, Greg Clarke, today (Monday 6 May) informed staff, donors and friends of his intention to step down from the 202-year-old organisation at the end of June.

Dr Clarke told staff and supporters that he felt like his role at BSA was one he had “prepared for my whole life.”

Board chairman, Anne Robinson, said Greg had led Bible Society with distinction.

“It is with a mix of gratitude, sadness and faith for the future, that the Board of Bible Society Australia accepts the resignation of Dr Greg Clarke from the position of CEO,” Ms Robinson said.

“Over the last nine years, Greg has served the Society with absolute distinction – leading us through the amalgamation of the six states into one national body, and the acquisition of Eternity News, the media company Centre for Public Christianity, the retail book chain Koorong, and two publishing businesses (Acorn Press and Morning Star Publishing).”

One of the highlights for Dr Clarke was leading the celebration of Bible Society’s bicentenary in 2017, with the extraordinary title as Australia’s oldest continuous organisation. He believes that now is the optimal time to change leadership to continue the momentum for the next generation.

“Personally, I have found the role deeply fulfilling as well as challenging, and I trust under God we have been getting closer to fulfilling our mission of championing the Bible to share the love of Jesus,” Dr Clarke said.

BSA undertakes both international and local Bible mission work, providing funding for over 30 international projects every year as well as seeking to engage all Australians with the Bible, including indigenous Bible translation.

Chief Operating Officer, Rev Melissa Lipsett, will act as CEO from the end of June until the new CEO is appointed. In the meantime, the Board has appointed an executive recruitment agency to assist in the search for Bible Society’s next leader.

For further comment or interview with Dr Clarke, please call Penny Mulvey, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, 0403 063 49