Paul Chitwood was elected president of the IMB in November 2018. He previously had served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention since 2011. For 18 years prior to that, Chitwood served as the pastor of local churches of varying sizes in Kentucky. During his pastorates, he served as chairman of the International Mission Board’s trustees from 2008-10, part of his tenure as an IMB trustee from 2002-10. A native of Jellico, Tenn., Chitwood is a 1992 graduate of Cumberland College and earned the Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He served as a faculty member of the seminary between 2002 and 2018.
He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.
Executive Vice President
Todd Lafferty was elected executive vice president in February 2019. He first served as a journeyman in Scotland from 1983-1985. He and his wife, Susan, were appointed in 1991 as career IMB missionaries to a large South Asian city, where he was pastor of an international church and, later, a strategy coordinator. From 2000-2003, he served as a candidate consultant, based in Richmond. The Laffertys returned to the mission field in 2003, and his roles included strategy associate in the Pacific Rim region, interim regional leader of Pacific Rim, and the affinity group leader for South Asian peoples. Lafferty most recently served as pastor of mobilization for Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Doctor of Missiology from Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary.
Vice President, Global Engagement
John Brady is the vice president for global engagement. He previously served as regional leader for mission work in Northern Africa and the Middle East, where he led Southern Baptist workers to spread the gospel. John grew up in Guyana as the son of Southern Baptist missionaries.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jenny, have been with IMB for over two decades.
Vice President, Global Training
Zane Pratt was elected vice president for global training in November 2014. For twenty years, he served as an IMB church planter and regional leader in Central Asia. From 2011–13, Pratt was dean of the Billy Graham School at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he currently serves as associate professor of Christian missions. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of Introduction to Global Missions and a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission.
Vice President, Mobilization
Jeff Ginn was elected vice president of mobilization in July 2023. He previously served as affinity group leader for the Americas. For more than twenty years prior to that, Ginn served as pastor of local churches of varying sizes in Mississippi, Virginia, and Louisiana. He served for three years as executive director of the SBC of Virginia. He also served as a trustee of the IMB for four years. A native of Arkansas, Ginn is a 1983 graduate of Blue Mountain Christian University and earned the Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a faculty member and adjunct faculty member of various seminaries.
He and his wife, Nell, have three children and five grandchildren.
Vice President, Logistics, Finance, Travel & Technology
Price Jett was elected vice president of logistics, finance, travel and technology in January 2020. Jett previously served as chief information officer of IMB. Jett has managed all aspects of IMB’s technology portfolio and established a global governance process for technology initiatives, as well as restructured financial arrangements with vendors to eliminate waste. Prior to work at IMB, Jett founded The Care Group, using technology to help families navigate the complex world of elder care. Jett also previously served as the chief information officer and executive director of The Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner) from 2002 to 2016. As executive director and chief information officer, Jett led a technology team of 300 and a publishing team of 200 across five continents. He and his wife, Diedre, have three children, Peter, Price and Rachel.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Edward J. Herrelko III was elected vice president of marketing and communications in September 2022. Herrelko joined the IMB staff in April 2021 as chief marketing and communications officer. Prior to coming to the IMB, he served as CMO and executive director of Marketing and Communications at Dallas Theological Seminary. Additionally, Herrelko has worked in a digital marketing agency, served as the chief academic officer for two seminaries, and has a corporate background in marketing with Callaway Golf and The Anthony Robbins Company. Herrelko earned a Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. and M.A. from Southern California Seminary, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Amy, have one daughter.