David Platt was elected IMB president Aug. 27, 2014. He previously served as pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He earned master of divinity and master of theology degrees and a doctorate of philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and Counter Culture. He is the founder of Radical, a ministry devoted to disseminating disciple-making resources so the gospel might be made known to the ends of the earth.
Sebastian Traeger was elected as IMB’s executive vice president in November 2014. He previously co-founded, built and sold several companies: Village Phone, Christianity.com, Razoo.com, and Five Street, Inc. Traeger credits his involvement in Campus Crusade for Christ and Athletes in Action at Princeton, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, as significant milestones in his spiritual development. Traeger served on the SBC Committee on Nominations and as a trustee of Guidestone from 2004-08 and 2012-2015. He is the co-author of The Gospel at Work, which unpacks the powerful way the gospel can transform a person’s work.
John Brady serves as vice president for global engagement. He previously served as regional leader for mission work in Northern Africa and the Middle East, where he led more than 430 Southern Baptist workers to spread the gospel and spark church-planting movements. Brady 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, were appointed as missionaries in 1993.
Zane Pratt was elected as vice president for global training in November 2014. For 20 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 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 co-author 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.