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Presidential search and executive level committees named

Georgian to serve on key committee


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Rincon pastor Bob Rogers will serve on the NAMB committee to flesh out executive level controls for the next president of NAMB.

Rincon pastor Bob Rogers will represent Georgia Baptists as a member of a key committee charting the future of the North American Mission Board.

Rogers, a NAMB trustee since 2000, has been named to the eight-member committee charged with coming up with a policy to implement executive level controls for the incoming president. Rogers is pastor of First Baptist Church in the city located in the metropolitan Savannah area.

“Basically we will be fine-tuning the job description for the new president. We do not plan to micromanage the new leader but there were some obvious areas which were not adequately addressed when the agency was formed nine years ago,” he explained.

While the committee was initially formed to help President Bob Reccord lead the agency following a series of operating irregularities uncovered by a special investigation, trustees felt the new president could also benefit from some guidelines.

“We just want to establish some parameters that were not at the founding of NAMB – parameters that will help the new president understand the expectations of his job. Any recommendations we make will be approved by the full board before they are implemented,” Rogers added.

The pastor said the guidelines will clarify areas such as the amount of time the president can spend outside the office on speaking engagements without neglecting the running of the agency, explain what is considered proper management so trustees are kept informed of policy or financial decisions and establish parameters to avoid conflict of interest in a variety of areas.

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Larry Thomas, director of missions for the Little Red River Baptist Association in Heber Springs, Ark., will chair the executive level policy committee, and the vice chairman will be Ron Wilson of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Additional members of the committee are Reva Daniel, Clinton, Miss.; Mack McCarthick, Lovington, N.M.; Tim Patterson, Jacksonville, Fla.; Paul Pope, Bonne Terre, Mo.; and David Thompson, Old Hickory, Tenn.

Outgoing Board Chairman Barry Holcomb of Alabama, in announcing the committee, said the group “will be tasked with recommending healthy, accountability-focused policies for NAMB’s next executive leader. This group will fulfill the spirit of the recommendations found in the Trustee Task Force Report adopted by the Board March 23, 2006.”

Holcomb also appointmented a presidential search committee for the Alpharetta-based missions agency.

That committee, necessitated by the April 17 resignation of NAMB president Bob Reccord, will be chaired by Terry G. Fox, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan., and co-chaired by David Crump of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Other NAMB trustees serving on the search committee are newly elected Board Chairman Bill Curtis, Florence, S.C.; Ellie Ficken, Montgomery, Ala.; Greg Faulls, Owensboro, Ky.; Barbara McCormick, Tigerville, S.C.; Michael Palmer, Salmon, Idaho; Ryan Palmer, Baltimore, Md.; and Jeff Shirley, Rockwall, Texas.