Published March 21, 2013
NASHVILLE (BP) — W. Thomas Hammond Jr. has announced the resignation from his vice presidency with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee to accept the full-time pastorate of First Baptist Alpharetta.
Hammond had worked since March 24, 2012, as vice president for convention advancement, and officially left the post March 15, 2013.
“Most everyone knows that Thomas Hammond is one of my dearest friends in this world,” SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page said. “Having faithfully served NAMB in their evangelism division for almost 15 years, Thomas brought a life and excitement to our Executive Committee staff.”
Working under Page’s leadership has been a blessing, Hammond said upon his departure, describing Page as a sincere, transparent man of God and a godly leader.
As vice president for convention advancement, Hammond provided leadership in a number of areas, including various aspects of the Cooperative Program, the Convention Ministries Workgroup, and the Global Evangelical Relations Ministry.
Hammond served in 2009 as interim pastor at First Baptist Alpharetta and has maintained a relationship with the congregation.
Hammond describes the 1,600-member body as a growing, thriving church committee to the Great Commission. He will be the 20th pastor to lead the church in its more than 100-year history.
Compiled by Baptist Press staff writer Diana Chandler
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