Faith Comes By Hearing Announces Aerospace Advisory Council to Direct Future of Global Digital Bible Distribution

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Using microsatellite networking and other leading communication technology, ministry expects to reach every person on the planet with digital Scripture

L-R: Col. (ret) Jim Dutton; Lt. Col. (ret) Gregg Leisman; Lt. Col. (ret) Dan Jones; Col. (ret) Tom Adang and Col. (ret) Rob Walker.

I’m humbled and amazed at the depth and breadth of experience in the professionals that have joined the council.

In January, Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) began their aerospace division with the hiring of Lt. Col. (ret) Gregg Leisman. Today the ministry takes another step down the path in creating this unprecedented Bible distribution system by announcing the members of the FCBH Aerospace Advisory Council.

The volunteer group includes Brigadier General (ret) David Warner, who served as Director of Communications for all Air Force space and cyber assets; Col. (ret) Tom Adang, who serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the DoD’s Operational Space Office; Col. (ret) Jim Dutton, who piloted the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-131 to the International Space Station; Col. (ret) Rob Walker, former Chief of the Operationally Responsive Space Division, Headquarters Air Force Space Command; and Lt. Col. (ret) Dan Jones, whose last assignment was as the Air Force Southern Command’s Director of Space Forces.

The most recent addition, Dr. Peter Wegner, was the director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base before leaving federal civil service. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Spaceflight Industries.

“I’m humbled and amazed at the depth and breadth of experience in the professionals that have joined the council,” says Leisman. “They’re all national leaders in either space industry or telecommunications and they have a passion to ensure ministries can leverage today’s technology to get God’s Word to every person.”

Including Leisman, the group has a combined total of 193 years of military service and aerospace industry experience. The members have agreed to a 3-year term on the council, with Adang serving as board chairman.

"I’m humbled by this wonderful opportunity to partner with FCBH in building on their over 40 years of ministry in making the Bible available around the world,” says Adang. “I’m also very excited about this calling to work with a very talented group of men, whom I am honored to have served our country with."

The challenge facing the group is getting the Bible to 5.6 billion people who are ‘unconnected’; however, it is a problem-set they believe can be solved in the very near future. The council intends to explore the use of aerospace delivery systems and technologies similar to user-defined radio software, as well as virtual SIM applications and spread-spectrum radio technologies as a first step.

"It's hard to imagine, but for the first time in human history technology is making the fulfillment of the Great Commission actually possible," states Troy Carl, FCBH vice president overseeing this project. “We are incredibly hopeful because of the God-given talents of this council.”

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Established in 1972, Faith Comes By Hearing currently provides Scripture recordings in 875 languages spoken or signed by over 5.7 billion people globally. Through the Digital Bible Platform, FCBH offers free access to this digital collection of Scripture via podcasts, Internet radio, satellite TV and the family of apps.

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