Leadership Staff

Allen Quine, Ph.D.

Allen Quine, Ph.D.

Allen serves as Vice President of International Relations managing key relationships with libraries, museums and strategic partners from around the world. A practicing attorney, Allen also holds a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Cary Summers, President

Cary Summers, President

In his role as president, Cary Summers oversees a team of academics, designers, technology 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 Bible’s Scholars Initiative, worldwide traveling exhibits and high school Bible curricula.

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 entrepreuner, 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 Trobisch, Th.D.

David Trobisch, Th.D.

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.


Quick Facts: Dr. David Trobisch

  • Director: Museum of the Bible Collections, an aggregation of several of the world’s most prominent private collections of biblical objects and artifacts.
  • Scholar: Specialist of biblical manuscripts; he taught New Testament Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Yale Divinity School, and Bangor Theological Seminary
  • Author: Ten books and numerous scholarly writings and articles
  • Expert: Biblical manuscripts and antiquities, Bible translation, New Testament literature, formation of the Christian Bible

Jeff Schneider

Jeff Schneider

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.


Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D.

Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D.

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.


Quick Facts: Jerry Pattengale

  • 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


Michael William Holmes, Ph.D.

Michael William Holmes, Ph.D.

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.


Steven Bickley

Steven Bickley

Steven Bickley serves as Museum of the Bible’s vice president of marketing, administration and finance, where he guides the museum’s external communications and internal administrative efforts.

A former telecommunications executive, Bickley was executive vice president of marketing and business development for Canada’s largest telecom media subsidiary before joining the museum team in 2014.


Tony Zeiss

Tony Zeiss, Ed.D.

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.