About Us

The Center for Bible Engagement (CBE) began in 2003 as a research division of Back to the Bible and has  become a major world center addressing Bible engagement and spiritual growth.

CBE goes beyond simply usage statistics to consider attitudes and behaviors that significantly impact spiritual growth and a person's relationship with God.

Our passion is developing methods, tools, and resources that will engage people with the Bible and fuel life transformation. We have surveyed more than 400,000 people around the world about their spiritual lives and that number continues to grow each year.

The CBE also partners with churches and other organizations such as the American Bible Society, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, the Jamaica Broilers Foundation, and McLean Bible Church to build an empirical understanding of life transformation through a relationship with Christ and engaging scripture.


The CBE was originally founded as the Bible Literacy Center and was dedicated to the memory of Clarence W. Hottel, Sr.. Mr. Hottel had a deep passion to see men and women everywhere engaged in a meaningful relationship with God, the kind of relationship that can only happen when a person reads his or her Bible.


Today the CBE is led by Dr. Arnie Cole & Dr. Pamela Caudill Ovwigho.


For more information or to schedule a CBE speaker for your next event, please complete our contact form or email info@backtothebible.org

Dr. Arnie Cole

Dr. Cole (EdD, Pepperdine) serves as the CEO of Back to the Bible and Director of Research and Development for the Center for Bible Engagement. With his passion for research and helping others, Dr. Cole has been active most of his professional life in developing methodologies, processes and best practices to instill significant behavioral change in individuals. A serial entrepreneur, Arnie developed a program in California that successfully moved violent patients with mental illness out of institutions and into employment. Dr. Cole has also served as CEO of MegaVoice LLC, as well as Vice president of Development for Mission Aviation Fellowship. For the past 13 years he has studied the spiritual lives of people around the world and developed a daily discipleship platform that gets people engaged in scripture and on the path of life transformation. Dr. Cole is the co-author of several books, including Unstuck: Your Life, God’s Design, Real Change (Bethany House). Arnie & his wife Char are the parents of adult children & operate Still Waters Ranch, an equestrian center that serves as a community outreach.

Dr. Pamela Caudill Ovwigho

Using data to answer important questions & solve vexing problems fuels Dr. Ovwigho’s professional life. With a B.A. in Psychology (Penn State University),a Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology (University of Maryland), and a Certificate in Machine Learning from MIT, Pam has used her research, measurement, & analytic skills to tackle a wide variety of issues from public welfare policy to family violence to spiritual growth. As the lead researcher for the Center for Bible Engagement, Dr. Ovwigho has become an expert on measuring spiritual growth and designing customized, personal approaches to fostering that growth. A frequent conference speaker, Pam has authored dozens of academic journal articles & white papers. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, Families in Society, and Social Services Review, among others. Pam & her four teenagers reside in Nebraska.

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