Delegates of the Swiss Bible Society elected Seventh-day Adventist theologian Reto Mayer as the organization’s president during their May 24 meeting, making him the first Adventist appointed to the post in the society’s 58-year history.
Mayer, associate treasurer of the Adventist world church’s Inter-European Division, based in Berne, Switzerland, has served as the society’s vice president since 2005. The Adventist Church joined the society in 1982.
“I hope that people see [the Bible] as an invitation from God, inviting them to live a personal relationship with Him,” Mayer told the Swiss Bible Society in a May 24 interview. “The distribution of the Bible is close to my heart, so it's a pleasure for me to participate in this work."
The Swiss Bible Society was founded in in 1955 succeeding the former coalition of Swiss Bible Societies. Today, the society has 45 members, among others, cantonal evangelical-reformed churches, the Old-Catholic Church, independent evangelical churches, cantonal Bible societies, Christian societies and working groups in Switzerland that share the society’s charter of bible distribution.
The society promotes standards for translation, production and distribution of Bibles in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The Swiss Bible Society works with more than 146 national bible societies united as the global United Bible Societies to bring the Bible in easy and modern language and form closer to the people.