There isn’t much out there on Gleason Ledyard, the translator for the New Life Bible. There is a PDF on the Wikipedia page but in case that gets destroyed or lost, I’ve copied it. Here is the translation’s copyright page.
- Ledyard, Gleason H., Eskimos. Hardcover edition. Canby, Oregon: published by Christian Literature International, 1999.
- Ledyard, Gleason H. and Kathryn Ledyard, Translators, Holy Bible: New Life Version. Oregon City, Oregon: Christian Literature International
As for who is Gleason Ledyard, here is some info from the aforementioned pdf.
Gleason Ledyard knew from his boyhood that he was to be a missionary to the Eskimos. But he had no idea that a Bible translation in easy-to-read English would be his main ministry to the world. God’s plans went far beyond anything he could have dreamed.
Born and reared in Ashland, Ohio, Gleason Ledyard was the son of a Sunday school teacher in the Evangelical Church. His young life almost ended when he was two years old when a peanut hull lodged in his trachea. Surgeons were unable to remove it in several attempts and so in desperation his mother prayed that God would either take her near-lifeless son or spare his life for Christian service to which she was dedicating him. A few minutes after her prayer Gleason started resting comfortably, and several days later the hull was coughed up.
Ledyard’s father died when he was thirteen years old. This turn of events delayed his formal preparation for missionary service until he was in his mid-twenties as he had responsibility to his mother and family. It was though with a clear sense of call to missionary work he enrolled in the training program at Fort Wayne Bible College, Fort Wayne Indiana, where met and was profoundly influenced by Dr. S. A. Witmer., its spiritual leader.
His Fort Wayne experience helped him to further affirm the calling to the ministry for as a a young boy he had felt the call to the Arctic and in 1957, Dr. Witmer accompanied Gleason on an extensive ministry trip around northern Hudson Bay. He had already been studying flying a biplane, which he knew was the only way to reach the desolate areas of the Canadian Arctic, but he had been forced to abandon that endeavor because he had ran out of money and instead had turned to Bible College.
Now it was his very mentor at that college that was accompanying him to the Arctic and this proved to Gleason that it was the right choice.
The Ft Wayne Bible College was originally the Bethany bible College in 1895. From its inception it has always had a missionary bent. It was then renamed again, in 1996, at Summit Christian College, which was acquired by Taylor University, of Upland Indiana.
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Thanks for the brief bio.