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Paul Chitwood, elected unanimously as the International Mission Board's 13th president, shares about God's grace in his life during trustees' Nov. 15 plenary address. Chitwood also expressed his personal appreciation for the local Southern Baptist church. "I believe that the Southern Baptist system requires from every level of Southern Baptist life a genuine respect, a deep humility, an unbroken trust, and a mutual loyalty," he said. IMB photo

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IMB: Chitwood 'God's next leader' for entity

RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- Paul Chitwood was elected unanimously as the 13th president of the Southern Baptists' International Mission Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, during trustees' regularly scheduled meeting near Richmond, Va. Chitwood, 48, who has served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took office immediately as the president of the 173-year-old entity, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 3,600 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide, with 42 new missionaries approved for appointment by trustees Wednesday (Nov. 14). Since September 2018, Clyde Meador, former missionary and IMB executive vice president, has served as IMB's interim president. At Chitwood's request, Meador was approved by trustees to remain in the President's Office as interim executive vice president for several months during the transition. Read More