Platt will be taking over as president of the SBC’s largest initiative. The IMB is the missionary sending agency of the SBC that operates in almost every nation on the globe, except the United States and Canada. The IMB, which has an annual budget of $299 million, supports 4,810 personnel in the mission field and 28,008 churches. In 2013 the agency planted 6,192 new churches across the globe.
Hearing the news of Platt’s appointment, Russell Moore, the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president, tweeted that he was “radically happy” by the appointment. “I have been praying for a long, long time that he would be elected,” Moore wrote on his website. “Our IMB president must be one who can drive our missions focus in a new way for a new era.”
“The news of David Platt’s election to the presidency of the IMB is one of great joy,” says Harry L. Reeder III, a TGC Council member and senior pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. “I and Briarwood Presbyterian not only rejoice but anticipate the Lord’s blessing upon David’s heart for the Great Commission which would allow him with his leadership abilities to not only maintain the commitment of our brothers and sisters in the SBC to stay the course in World Missions but ascend to the next level of effectiveness for our Lord’s glory and the expansion of our Savior’s Kingdom.”
David has made a huge impact in my life. He’s sold out to engaging the unreached and discipleship. I cannot think of a better person for this job.