Dr. S. Douglas Birdsall

Dr. S. Douglas Birdsall, Ph.D. is a Presbyterian minister who has spent most of his thirty-seven-year career in the global mission of the church. In 1980 Doug and his wife Jeanine began their service in Japan, where they served for 24 years. In 2004 Doug was appointed Executive Chairman of the Lausanne Movement. He led the revitalization of the movement culminating in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in Cape Town in 2010. That congress brought together 4200 Christian leaders from 198 nations to consider the challenges and opportunities before the church with respect to global mission in the 21st century. After completing his service with the Lausanne Movement, he was appointed to serve as the 27th President of American Bible Society. In 2015, Doug Birdsall founded the work of Civilitas with a vision to bring “convicted, Christian civility” to our increasingly uncivil society. Much of the work of Civilitas has focused on the work of racial reconciliation through an initiative called “After Charleston: Overcoming Evil with Good.” Doug is a graduate of Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Harvard University, and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. The Birdsalls live in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Their three children live in New York, London, and Cambridge.