Founded in 1831 for the circulation of Protestant or uncorrupted
versions of the Word of God The object of this Society is to promote the Glory of
God and the salvation of men, by circulating, both at home and abroad, in
dependence on the Divine blessing, the HOLY SCRIPTURES, which are given by
inspiration of God, and are able to make men wise unto salvation, through faith
which is in Christ Jesus.
John William Burgon (1813-1888) was a man of tremendous
intellect and ranks among men such a Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626) and Robert Dick
Wilson (1856-1930) in scholarship. He became the Dean of Chichester and has since
been known as "Dean" Burgon. Dr. Burgon was contemporary with Westcott
and Hort. He was an advocate of the Textus Receptus and was the nemesis of
Westcott and Hort's feeble arguments against it. He believed, unlike Westcott and
Hort, in basing all conclusions on the solid foundation of facts rather than the
sand of theory. He would leave no stone unturned in his quest for truth and no
blow undelivered in his defense of it.
Dr. D. A. Waite, received a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in classical
Greek and Latin from the University of Michigan in 1948, a Th.M. (Master of Theology),
with high honors, in New Testament Greek Literature and Exegesis from Dallas
Theological Seminary in 1952, an M.A. (Master of Arts) in Speech from Southern
Methodist University in 1953, a Th.D. (Doctor of Theology), with honors, in Bible
Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1955, and a Ph.D. in Speech from Purdue
University in 1961. He holds both New Jersey and Pennsylvania teacher
certificates in Greek and Language Arts.
He has been a teacher in the areas of Greek, Hebrew, Bible, Speech, and English for
over thirty-five years in nine schools, including one junior high, one senior high,
three Bible institutes, two colleges, two universities, and one seminary. He
served his country as a Navy Chaplain for five years on active duty; pastored three
churches; was Chairman and Director of the Radio and Audio-Film Commission of the
American Council of Christian Churches; since 1971, has been Founder, President, and
Director of THE BIBLE FOR TODAY; since 1978, has been President of the DEAN BURGON
SOCIETY; since 1998, has been Pastor of THE BIBLE FOR TODAY BAPTIST CHURCH with his
sermons and other messages heard daily all over the world on www.Bible
ForToday.org. org by means of the internet; has produced over 900 other studies,
books, cassettes, or VCR's on various topics; and is heard on both a five-minute
daily and thirty-minute weekly radio program IN DEFENSE OF TRADITIONAL BIBLE TEXTS.
Dr. and Yvonne Sanborn Waite have been married since 1948; they have four sons, one daughter,
and, at present, eight grandchildren.
Yvonne Sanborn Waite, is the wife of Dr. D. A. Waite,
Founder and Director of THE BIBLE FOR TODAY. They were married in 1948, near
Berea, Ohio, in the church of her girlhood. She is the mother of five adult
children (four sons and one daughter) and, at present, has eight grandchildren.
Yvonne Sanborn Waite and her husband graduated from Berea High School in 1945. In 1948, she
graduated from the Moody Bible Institute, the same year Dr. Waite received his
baccalaureate degree from the University of Michigan.
Throughout the years, Yvonne Sanborn Waite has assisted her husband while he was a seminary
student, a college teacher, a Navy chaplain, a pastor, a radio personality, an editor,
an author, and the President of the Dean Burgon Society.
Her readers may know her through The Bible For Today Update, a letter which is sent
monthly to contributors to the BFT ministry. Her column, From the Tent Door, has
been read by thousands and her radio program, Just For Women has been heard by
thousands more. Perhaps she is best known by her portrayals of two devotional
hymn writers, Fanny Jane Crosby and Frances Ridley Havergal. In 1996, she was
given an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by the Great Plains Baptist Divinity
School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Besides being The Bible For Today's videographer and making hundreds of videos of
her husband's teaching and that of others also, she has taught "Husband-Loving
Lessons" to many women who have told her they have been helped greatly. She
is available as a devotional speaker for women's groups, and sings and plays the piano
According to the Scripture, Yvonne Sanborn Waite feels she is in the "bonus" years
of her life (Psalm 90:10), and her desire is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in every
way He leads before she "flies away." "The lines are fallen unto
[her] in pleasant places; yea, [she has] a goodly heritage." (Psalm 16:6)
Waite Jr., Mr. D.A.
The oldest of five children, Donald A. Waite, Jr. was born in
Dallas, Texas. As the son of a long-time graduate student/itinerant Naval
Chaplain/ordained Baptist minister, he and his family re-located frequently. When
they moved to Collingswood, NJ, to live in his ninth house, he never dreamed that
they would establish such deep roots there. In 1967, he graduated from
Collingswood High School (his 10th school).
School number eleven was Bob Jones University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts
in Humanities (1971) and a Master of Arts in Theology (1973) with an emphasis in
New Testament Greek. While at Bob Jones University, he met his wife-to-be,
Jeanette Ann Lazar. They were married in Cleveland, Ohio in 1971.
He has served as deacon, long-time Sunday school teacher, pulpit supply, camp
counselor, and in various other church ministries. He currently serves as the
treasurer of the Dean Burgon Society and as trustee and treasurer of the Bible
for Today. Although he has written various other pamphlets and articles, his
longest work is his 1994 Reading Ease of the King James Bible (277 pages). In
1996, he wrote a summary of that work entitled The Comparative Readability of the
Authorized Version (84 pages). In 1999 he began to work full-time for the Bible
He lives in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland with his wife Jeanette and their two
children--Elizabeth and Rebecca.