Formed in the summer of 2010, the Green Scholars Initiative brings established and young scholars together to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in The Green Collection, the world’s largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts.

The Green Scholars Initiative allows the world’s leading textual scholars to research and produce scholarship around items in The Green Collection while mentoring students in their respective fields of expertise:

  • Senior Scholars oversee a research project area involving scholars from various institutions working with their students.
  • Distinguished Scholars provide expertise in their main language or unique scholarly competency—assisting with a variety of aspects with the Green Scholar Initiative and the Green Collection.
  • Scholar-Mentors work under the auspices of a Senior Scholar to conduct research and mentor undergraduate and graduate students (Junior Scholars), helping to enrich their education and to augment their preparation for graduate schools and career interests.
"While movies like National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones tell of quests for fictional treasures, the real-life treasure hunters of the Green Scholars Initiative are uncovering new scientific mysteries in ancient biblical texts and manuscripts."
Dr. Jerry Pattengale
Executive Director of the Green Scholars Initiative


More than 60 universities around the world are currently participating in the Initiative and others are in the process of joining. For inclusion, at least one scholar at a university must be selected by The Green Scholars Initiative team for a project (e.g., papyri, KJV, etc.), and each project is placed internationally under a Senior Scholar. Each of the professors (Scholar-Mentors) must commit to working with Junior Scholars at their university, mentoring them along the way and giving them direct access to selected items from The Green Collection. The Senior Scholars will subsequently provide ongoing assistance for those selected in their areas.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte serves as the academic home for U.S. seminary students. The Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will facilitate aspects of The Green Scholars Initiative as it expands into seminary programs. GCTS-C has a robust faculty steeped in scholarly habits. Dr. Robert Cooley, president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has been very involved in The Green Collection and serves on the board for the yet-to-be-named museum that will house The Green Collection in Washington, D.C.  He also has connections through his decades of scholarship with Dr. Pattengale, whose first introduction to actual archeological artifacts was with items from Dr. Cooley's Dothan excavations stored at The Institute of Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College).