August 29, 2014
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2nd VIEW: Pastor David Platt succeeds Tom Elliff as IMB president
David Platt addresses IMB trustees upon his election as president of the mission board, with his wife Heather and children at his side.  Photo from Twitter
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2nd VIEW: Pastor David Platt succeeds Tom Elliff as IMB president
IMB trustees -- some taking their own cell phone photos of the moment -- celebrate the election of David Platt as president of the International Mission Board.  Photo from Twitter
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2nd VIEW: Pastor David Platt succeeds Tom Elliff as IMB president
International Mission Board President David Platt and his wife, Heather, are seen with their four children (from left): Joshua, Isaiah, Mara Ruth and Caleb. Platt, 36, one of the most passionate and influential voices for missions among evangelicals, was elected Aug. 27 by IMB trustees. The pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. He succeeds Tom Elliff, 70, who has served as IMB president since March 2011.  Photo courtesy of the Platt family
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Platt assures new missionaries, 'This mission will succeed!'
The beauty of the Gospel and the burden for missions go together, said new IMB President David Platt during the appointment service at The Heights Baptist Church.  Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
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Platt assures new missionaries, 'This mission will succeed!'
Fifty new IMB missionaries proceed into the sanctuary for their appointment service at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Virginia, Aug. 27.  Photo by Paul W. Lee/IMB
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Platt assures new missionaries, 'This mission will succeed!'
Daniel and Renee Miles, new IMB missionaries, share a short testimony during their appointment service at The Heights Baptist Church. "We've been called to a place with a thousand cathedrals but few worshippers," Daniel said. "We join the Author of praise, in one sacred effort, to carry the Gospel to the people of France."  Photo by Paul W. Lee/IMB
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Platt assures new missionaries, 'This mission will succeed!'
Family and friends gather around a new missionary couple who will serve in South Asia. IMB trustees appointed 50 new missionaries on Aug. 27.  Photo by Paul W. Lee/IMB
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TRUSTEES: Funding for short-term workers, Mideast refugee crisis accompany Platt vote
Newly-elected IMB President David Platt speaks to trustees about his passion for taking the Gospel to unreached peoples during the Aug. 26-27 board meeting near Richmond, Va.  Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
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TRUSTEES: Funding for short-term workers, Mideast refugee crisis accompany Platt vote
With his wife Heather and their four children by his side, David Platt addresses IMB trustees for the first time as the youngest president in the organization's history, during the Aug. 26-27 board meeting near Richmond, Va. Platt, 36, said he is "honored, humbled and overwhelmed" by his new role, but also "exhilarated" by the possibilities ahead.  Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
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TRUSTEES: Funding for short-term workers, Mideast refugee crisis accompany Platt vote
IMB trustees and staff pray for healing for Jeannie Elliff, the wife of outgoing IMB president Tom Elliff, during Aug. 26-27 board meeting near Richmond, Va. Jeannie is facing a recurrence of cancer that has spread to her liver.  Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
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