Tom Elliff Speaks at Special Chapel

Friday, February 17, 2012
11 am
Chapel in Broadus Hall

Tom Elliff will be speaking in a special Chapel Service this week to kick off the 51st Annual Missions Conference.

Elliff, a former longtime pastor and missionary, was the unanimous choice of a 15-member search committee for a new president of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board. Elliff, 67, succeeded Jerry Rankin, who retired in July after 17 years as president. Rankin was our 2011 Missions conference speaker.

A former missionary to Zimbabwe, Elliff was pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Del City, Okla., for 20 years. He was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1996 and 1997. He worked at the IMB as senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations from 2005 until 2009.

Elliff is a fourth-generation Oklahoman and third-generation pastor. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.; a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and a doctor of ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Jeannie, served as missionaries to Zimbabwe in the early 1980s. They resigned in 1983 after their daughter, Beth, was seriously injured in a car accident there.

Elliff served two terms as Southern Baptist Convention president in 1996 and 1997. He has led several key churches in the denomination, including First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Okla., where he was pastor from 1985-2005.

Elliff then served as IMB senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations from 2005-09. In that role, he taught and counseled missionaries and helped mobilize churches throughout the convention for missions involvement. Since then he has led Living in The Word Publications, a writing and speaking ministry he founded in 2005. He is the author of numerous books about prayer, spiritual awakening and family life.