Dr. 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, 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. His overseas short-term mission involvement includes work in South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. A native of Jellico, Tenn., Chitwood is a 1992 graduate of Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands), where he has served as a trustee. He earned a master of divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995 and a PhD from the seminary in 2001. He currently is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Clyde Meador serves as special assistant to the president, including fulfilling interim responsibilities as vice president for mobilization. He most recently served as interim executive vice president from November 2018 to March 2019, and as interim president September to November 2018. After a year and a half in retirement, Meador previously returned to his role as executive advisor to the President in January 2018. In his 43 years of service with IMB, he has worked closely with three presidents as an advisor and executive vice president, and he previously served as IMB’s interim president from August 2010 to March 2011. He and his wife, Elaine, were appointed as missionaries to Indonesia in 1974. Their service also included leadership in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia, before joining the entity’s leadership team in Richmond in 2001.
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. He currently is completing a doctoral degree from Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary.
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 the IMB for over two decades.
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, Zane 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.
Rodney Freeman was elected as IMB’s vice president of support services in May 2015. He also serves as IMB treasurer. At the time of his election, Rodney was an IMB trustee from New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University. He previously was vice president of global facilities management at Merck & Co., where he led a staff of more than 950 personnel and managed a budget of more than $1 billion to service 400-plus sites.
Edgar Aponte serves as vice president of mobilization. He previously served as director of Hispanic leadership development and professor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to SEBTS, Aponte served as Minister Counselor at the ministry of foreign affairs in Washington, D.C., on behalf of his home nation, the Dominican Republic. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, he earned a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from SEBTS.
Roger Alford is the vice president of communications. After more than three decades as a newspaperman and an Associated Press correspondent, he previously served as director of communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In that role, he created the online newspaper Kentucky Today to expand the Kentucky convention’s ability to communicate with its 2,400 churches and 750,000 members. A graduate of Union College in Barbourville, Ky., he has broad experience in managing all aspects of communications, including writing and editing, all aspects of traditional and social media, web development, marketing strategies, media relations, graphic design and mass mailings.