About IMB

IMB partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.

More than 4,800 people groups - close to 1 billion people - still live with little or no access to the gospel. Fast facts contains up-to-date statistics.

IMB is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.



Our mission is evangelizing, discipling and planting reproducing churches among all peoples in fulfillment of the Great Commission.


Our vision is a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ.

Core Values

We commit to obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to God’s inerrant Word.

We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for salvation and all people without personal faith in Him are lost and will spend eternity in hell.

We seek to provide all people an opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the Gospel in their own cultural context.

We evangelize through proclamation, discipling, equipping and ministry that results in indigenous reproducing Baptist churches.

We serve churches to facilitate their involvement in the Great Commission and the sending of missionaries to bring all peoples to faith in Jesus Christ.

We partner with Baptists and other Christians around the world in accordance with IMB guidelines.

We understand and fulfill God’s mission through God’s Word, prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.


  • David Platt, president
  • Sebastian Traeger, executive vice president
  • Clyde Meador, executive advisor to the president
  • John Brady, vice president
    Global Engagement
  • Rodney Freeman, vice president
    Support Services 
  • Zane Pratt, vice president
  • Gordon Fort, senior ambassador

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