PRESS RELEASE (28 February 2019):

Wycliffe Bible Translators has announced the appointment of Andrew Chard as its Director for International Partnerships. This is a new leadership position that will involve the strategic development of Wycliffe’s partnerships internationally.

James Poole, Executive Director of Wycliffe, says: ‘We are delighted to welcome Andrew to join our staff and leadership team at Wycliffe as our new Director for International Partnerships. He will play a key role in the move towards universal Bible access as he supports and works with our international partners. In directing our international strategy, Andrew will continue in Wycliffe’s tradition of pioneering and innovating alongside communities around the world so that we might ultimately see the growth of the church globally. With 1.5 billion people still waiting for a Bible in the language that speaks to them best, Andrew’s appointment is another step towards giving everyone the opportunity to engage with the message of Jesus in their mother tongue.’

As well as leading the office-based partnerships team in High Wycombe, Andrew will be liaising with and supporting the existing partner projects in 16 countries across three continents. He will also be looking to develop new partnerships with communities that do not yet have the Bible in their own language.

Andrew comments: ‘For the past 25 years I have had the privilege of serving with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) International, passionate to see the peoples of Africa reached with the gospel. I am thrilled to be joining Wycliffe, which exists to serve the worldwide Church by making the Bible available to every people group in the language they understand best.’

Richard Hopkins, senior minister at Emmanuel Church Bramcote (of which Andrew is a member), says: ‘Andrew has a great passion to see the good news of Jesus go to all peoples on earth. This new role with Wycliffe seems the perfect match for his God-given passion, gift of evangelism and years of experience working with AIM. I’m excited for Andrew and to see how God will use him is this new position with Wycliffe.’

Notes to editors:

1. For further information, call Jeremy Weightman on the Wycliffe Communications Team on 0300 303 1111.

2. Wycliffe Bible Translators seeks to enable all peoples to engage with the Bible in a language that speaks to them best. It does this through a range of activities, including Bible translation, literacy and Scripture use initiatives. Currently, Wycliffe has 363 people from the UK and Ireland serving 486 million people who speak 368 languages in 71 countries. Of the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide today, only about 700 have the Bible. Around 1.5 billion people (one in every five people) do not have the Bible in their language. As a result, translation of the Bible into people’s languages is one of the critical needs in world mission, to enable the growth of evangelism and discipleship ministries.

3. Images. You can download the following images to accompany the press release, by clicking on the ‘Image’ link:

Image 1 – Andrew Chard, the new Director for International Partnerships at Wycliffe

Image 2 – A portion of Scripture being read out in a church in East Africa

Image 3 – Increasing literacy is a key part of Wycliffe’s partner projects