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Harris named as NAMB vice president, missions advancement


ALPHARETTA — Richard Harris, longest serving vice president at the North American Mission Board, will assume new responsibilities effective immediately. Harris served as vice president, evangelism, at the former Home Mission Board before being named vice president, church planting, at NAMB’s founding 10 years ago this summer.

On July 11 NAMB President Geoff Hammond announced Harris will assume the newly created position of vice president for missions advancement.

“Richard will work with NAMB’s senior leadership in the important role of nurturing relationships with partners, pastors, and Southern Baptists all across North America. I believe that through these important relationships, the Lord will use Richard to help us further develop Cooperative Program giving and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions,” Hammond told employees during a regularly scheduled chapel service.

Hammond also announced that for the next 90 days he will lead the agency’s Church Planting Group with assistance of senior assistant Steve Reid.

Hammond, who was elected NAMB president on March 21, is no stranger to church planting. Prior to his election he was serving as a NAMB church planting missionary with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and is himself a third-generation missionary.