In his role as president, Cary Summers oversees a team of academics, designers,
professionals and other experts building the 430,000-square-foot international
museum set to
open to the public in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2017. He also provides oversight to
Museum of the
Scholars Initiative, worldwide traveling exhibits and high school Bible
Summers’ museum-related activities take him around the world to negotiate strategic partnerships, arrange host sites for future traveling exhibits and manage a global network of institutions that house and research items from the Museum Collections, an aggregation of several of the world’s most prominent private collections of biblical objects and artifacts.
Before coming to Museum of the Bible, Summers was president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment/Silver Dollar City Corporation, one of the world’s largest theme attraction operators. He previously served as vice president for retail, catalog and wholesale for Bass Pro Shops and was general manager of Abercrombie and Fitch when it was the world’s oldest sporting goods company.
An entrepreneur, Summers has founded a number of consulting ventures that advise organizations, including those in the tourism and the theme-attraction industries. Summers founded Treasures of the Holy Land, an e-commerce enterprise that imports handcrafted goods made in Israel to the U.S., and serves as CEO of Nazareth Village in Israel, a re-creation of the first-century village where Jesus grew up.
Summers sits on a number of nonprofit boards and is board coordinator between the Miracle of Nazareth International Foundation USA and Nazareth Village Israel. He is a founding board member of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, an Israeli human rights group.
Summers graduated from the University of Texas. He and his wife, Jacque, live in Springfield, Missouri.
David J. Trobisch, Th. D., oversees the more than 40,000 rare biblical texts and artifacts that today comprise the Museum of the Bible Collections. As the Director of Collections, Trobisch advises on new acquisitions, identifies story lines for the collection’s traveling exhibits and forthcoming international museum and supervises a team of some 30 scholars and curators from around the world.
Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of institutions as a biblical manuscript scholar and research consultant, including the American and German Bible Societies, the Institute for New Testament Research and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Trobisch's academic work has concentrated on the formation of the Christian Bible, ancient New Testament manuscripts and the Epistles of Paul.
He previously taught New Testament at the Universities of Heidelberg, Yale Divinity School, and Bangor Theological Seminary, where he ended his teaching career at the rank of full professor holding a named chair.
Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, as the son of missionaries, Trobisch holds dual citizenship in the United States and Germany. Trobisch resides in Springfield, Missouri, and Heidelberg, Germany.
Jeff Schneider is vice president of information and interactive systems, leading a team of innovation professionals who provide technology support across Museum of the Bible platforms.
Schneider’s varied information technology career includes the healthcare and nonprofit industries. He most recently served as the executive director of IT at the nation’s premier youth sports camp until 2012, when he joined the Museum of the Bible team.
Scholar, researcher, author and speaker, Jerry Pattengale, Ph. D., brings his passion for innovation in teaching and learning his work leading Museum of the Bible's education initiatives. He oversees an international team of academics, writers, researchers, convergent media specialists and editors developing a Bible curriculum for high school students.
After graduating from high school homeless at the age of 16, Pattengale earned a bachelor's degree in history from Indiana Wesleyan University, master's degrees from Wheaton (Illinois) and Miami University (Ohio), and a doctoral degree in Ancient History from Miami under the tutelage of eminent historian and biblical scholar Edwin Yamauchi, Ph. D.
Since 1997, Pattengale has served 15,000-student Indiana Wesleyan University in administrative leadership, currently as the first-ever to earn IWU's title of University Professor. He is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute, a regional policy think tank, an honorary senior research associate at Tyndale House, Cambridge, a distinguished fellow at Excelsia College, Australia, and is a research scholar at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Pattengale won international acclaim in the mid-1990s for his work on the “Odyssey in Egypt” program, connecting U.S. middle-school students via the Internet with their archeological excavation of an early Egyptian monastery.
Pattengale is frequently tapped as a speaker on education issues and is the author or editor of numerous books. In 2000, the National Resource Center (University of Southern Carolina) and Houghton Mifflin recognized him with the National Student Advocate Award, which recognizes faculty who enhance the lives of first-year college students. Pattengale has also held a National Endowment for the Humanities award to Greece and was twice named Professor of the Year by the Azusa Pacific University student body. He also directs NationalConversations.com, is an associate publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review and serves on the boards of Religion News Service and Yale University's Jonathan Edwards Center.
Pattengale and his wife, Cindy, have four sons and two grandsons.
Executive Director: Museum of the Bible's education initiatives
Senior Editor: elective Bible curriculum for high school students
Expert: education and pedagogy; student advocacy, mentoring and research
Scholar: university professor, Indiana Wesleyan University; senior fellow, the Sagamore Institute, research scholar, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, distinguished fellow, Excelsia College, Australia, honorary senior research associate, Tyndale House, Cambridge
Speaker: nationally recognized lecturer on education innovation and biblical studies
Author: 11 published books on higher education, history and student motivation; newspaper columnist; regular contributor,Books & Culture
Biblical manuscript authority Michael Holmes, Ph. D., joined Museum of the Bible in 2014 to lead the museum’s research arm, the Scholars Initiative. A professor and scholar of early Christian writings, Holmes has spent more than three decades in higher education teaching and researching New Testament and other early Christian texts.
As executive director of the Scholars Initiative, Holmes oversees a team of researchers and student scholars at more than 60 universities, advancing groundbreaking discoveries on artifacts from the Museum Collections, an aggregation of several of the world’s most prominent private collections of biblical objects and artifacts. Under Holmes’ leadership, items from the collections are made accessible for study to undergraduate and graduate students teamed with acclaimed biblical experts and scholar-mentors. Preliminary studies of undocumented papyri from the Museum Collections have already revealed some of the earliest-known Scriptures, the world’s oldest Jewish book of prayers and early sections of rare Greek classics.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Holmes earned his master’s in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and a doctoral degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Tony Zeiss is the executive director of the museum where he leads the daily operations of the facility and museum staff in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Zeiss holds a Doctorate in Community College Administration from Nova University, a Master’s degree in Speech (Radio and Television), and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Education from Indiana State University.
In 1992, he became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College (“CPCC”), serving approximately 70,000 students per year. During his tenure, the college grew from one campus to six and was recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development. Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and American History. His most recent publications include four books on creating high-performance employees and a novel on the Revolutionary War.
Dr. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter on resource development, workforce development, leadership, and career development.
Dr. Zeiss is past Chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past Board Chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005.
Dr. Zeiss served eight years on the board of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, four years on a Colorado Bank board, is the Board Chair of the Charlotte (NC) Novant Healthcare Southern Piedmont Region, and leads a twenty-nine county Global Economic Initiative for the Charlotte, NC, region.
Allon Lefever is an entrepreneur and business management expert with 40 years of experience in the agricultural, industrial and digital industries. He has helped found more than 20 companies and is an advocate for family-owned businesses.
Lefever recently served as a business professor and director of the MBA Program at Eastern Mennonite University. He and his wife reside in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Anne Beiler is founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, the world’s largest hand-rolled, soft pretzel franchise. Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Beiler grew her business from a single farmer’s market stand into an international company with more than 1,200 locations worldwide.
Today Beiler is a public speaker and author inspiring audiences around the world. She and her husband live in Salado, Texas.
Barry H. Corey is the eighth president of Biola University. Since assuming the role in 2007, Corey has led Biola into its second century with the launching of an ambitious 10-year University Plan and the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in university history. A native of Boston, Corey previously served as vice president for education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in English and biblical studies from Evangel University and an M.A. in American studies and a Ph.D. in education from Boston College. As a Fulbright scholar, he lived in Bangladesh, where he researched educational programs for children of the landless poor. Corey is the author of the book Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue (Tyndale, 2016) and his writing has been featured in publications like The Washington Post, The National Review, Relevant, and Converge, among others. He and his wife, Paula, have three children: Anders, Ella, and Samuel.
Rev. Bob Hoskins is secretary of the board for Museum of the Bible and founder of OneHope, an international ministry. A children’s evangelist, Hoskins spent decades as a missionary before establishing OneHope in 1987.
He continues his work with OneHope today as a program ambassador and relationship builder with leaders and governments around the world. Hoskins currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dr. Carlos Campo is President of Ashland University. He has previously served as chair of the Hispanic Education Alliance of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, president of Regent University in Virginia and is a longtime leader in Christian higher education.
A leading voice in the Hispanic evangelical community, Campo is a noted national speaker who resides in Ashland, OH.
Glenn Youngkin is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group and a member of Carlyle’s Board of Directors. He is based in Washington, D.C.
From May 2015 to December 2017, Youngkin served as President and Chief Operating Officer. From June 2014 to May 2015, he served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. From 2011 until May 2014, Youngkin was Carlyle’s Chief Operating Officer. From October 2010 until March 2011, Youngkin served as Carlyle’s interim principal financial officer. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Global Head of the Industrial Sector investment team. From 2000 to 2005, Youngkin led Carlyle’s buyout activities in the United Kingdom and from 1995 to 2000, he was a member of the U.S. buyout team. Prior to joining Carlyle in 1995, Youngkin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and he also previously worked in the investment banking group at CS First Boston.
Youngkin earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and his B.A. in managerial studies from Rice University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Youngkin has served on the Board of Directors of numerous Carlyle portfolio companies. He also currently serves on several nonprofit governing boards, including the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral School, the Board of Directors of the Rice Management Company, and the Vestry of Holy Trinity Church.
Gregory Baylor is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he focuses his litigation efforts on protecting the religious freedom of Christian educational institutes through the organization’s Center for Religious Liberty. He also works to protect the First Amendment freedoms of students, faculty and staff at public colleges and universities.
Baylor is admitted to the state bar of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal appeals and district courts. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Harry Lee Crisp III, or Lee as he is commonly referred to, is currently Director and Owner of Pepsi MidAmerica, and Director and Owner of Crisp Container Corporation. In addition to running one of the largest Pepsi franchises in the nation, Crisp has served in a number of leadership and philanthropic roles, including principal benefactor of the Mayo Clinic, founding member of the Smithsonian Council for American History, a patron of the arts at the Vatican Museum, and Chairman of the Board for the Independent Bottlers Association.
Crisp, who has been awarded 44 patents, also recently served as a Founder, Director, and Treasurer of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, where he oversaw the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.
Mark DeMoss is founder of DeMoss, the largest public relations firm exclusively representing faith-based organizations and causes. Located at the intersection of faith and culture, his firm seeks to shape public opinion and move people to action on behalf of its clients.
In addition to his role as an adviser to Christian nonprofits and faith leaders, DeMoss is author of The Little Red Book of Wisdom. He and his wife live in Atlanta.
Mary Banks is president of Houston-based WOW Consulting Group, LLC, a firm that provides executive and life coaching, and leadership development. She enjoyed a 25-year career in financial services and the oil and gas industry, most recently serving as senior vice president of employee relations and training for JPMorgan Chase.
In addition to working with leaders to drive organizational results, Banks is author of three books and is a frequent keynote speaker. She and her family reside in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Rick Warren is founder of Saddleback Church, where he has been senior pastor for more than 30 years. Warren also oversees a global alliance of pastors through the Purpose Driven Network and the Pastors.com online community he established to provide sermons and other practical resources for ministers.
Warren and his wife live in Southern California, where they work to empower local churches and leaders to create sustainable change.
Robert Moser, Jr. is the president and CEO of Clark Construction Group, LLC - one of the nation's most experienced and respected providers of construction services in the United States. Under Moser's leadership, Clark has built projects that will define the national landscape for generations to come, including rail projects, airports, mixed-use development, stadiums, highways and museums.
An active member of various industry organizations, Moser serves on the board of The Potomac School, the Seed Company and the Virginia Tech Foundation. He and his family reside in Virginia.
Steve Green serves as chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible. In his role as chairman, Green has assembled a team of academics, designers, technology professionals and other experts to create the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible, dedicated to a scholarly and engaging presentation of the Bible's impact, history and narrative. It is scheduled to open in 2017 in Washington, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
"The Bible is the best-selling, most translated book of all time and is arguably history's most significant piece of literature," said Green. "It has had an unquestionable influence on science, education, democracy, arts and society. This book has also profoundly impacted lives across the ages, including my own."
Green is also president of Hobby Lobby, the world's largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer. Founded in 1972 by his father, David, in 300 square feet of retail space, the chain has grown to more than 600 stores. Along with its affiliated companies, Hobby Lobby employs some 30,000 people companywide. Today, Hobby Lobby and its affiliates (including Hemispheres and Mardel Stores, a Christian bookstore and educational supply chain) have combined sales of more than $3.3 billion.
Green authored his first book—Faith in America—in 2011. His latest book, The Bible in America, explores the history and impact of the Bible on U.S. history and in today's modern world.
Green and his wife, Jackie, have been married for more than 30 years and reside in Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is headquartered. Their family includes a son, five daughters, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and four grandchildren.
Chairman of the Board: Museum of the Bible
President: Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer
Passion: Making the Bible more accessible to the world
Author: Faith in America (Looking Glass Books, 2011); The Bible in America (DustJacket Press, 2013)