NAMB board elects Ezell president
    September 14 2010 by Mike Ebert, North American Mission Board

    ATLANTA — Kevin Ezell has been elected president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). NAMB’s board of trustees approved the nomination in a special called meeting Sept. 14 in Atlanta.

    Photo by John Swain

    Bryant Wright, right, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., greets Kevin Ezell, left, pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., and his wife, Lynette, during a break in the Sept. 14 trustee meeting where Ezell was elected as NAMB’s next president.

    Ezell’s nomination was announced Aug. 31 after NAMB’s seven-member presidential search committee voted unanimously to recommend him as president. Today’s meeting began at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and ended at noon with the announcement of the vote to approve Ezell.

    Ezell has pastored Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., since 1996. He served as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference this June in Orlando. He and his wife, Lynette, met with NAMB trustees for about an hour Tuesday morning in a closed session to discuss his nomination.

    Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., attended the meeting. Wright delivered a devotion to NAMB trustees this morning before they entered into executive session to consider the vote.

    “Today is an historic day in the life of NAMB,” Wright told trustees. “Today your big decision is to follow God’s will with a man the search committee clearly feels is God’s man for leading our churches as they go about the harvest.”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Ebert is team leader of communications for the North American Mission Board.)
    9/14/2010 6:56:00 AM by Mike Ebert, North American Mission Board | with 4 comments

Jack Carver
My mother passed away a few years ago, and I never lived with her after I graduated from college. However, I'm still in my pj's so I'll wait until later to comment on Ezell's approval as head of NAMB. Hopefully, jeans and a clean knit shirt will qualify me to have an opinion about the state of the SBC and NAMB. I'll even shower and shave!
9/15/2010 9:03:11 AM

Bill Tomlinson
I imagine that the new President of NAMB has a favorite quote. Perhaps it is, "Do what I tell you to do, not what I do." How in the world is this man going to lead other churches to support the Cooperative Program?
9/14/2010 7:21:02 PM

Another good example of not what you know, but who. I cannot help believe that being Al Mohler's pastor did not help.
9/14/2010 3:24:32 PM

James Horton
Well it seems that leaders with concerns are of little concern. It took all of three weeks to ram through this nomination. I hope for the sake of missions he will be received better than he received the concerns of Baptists in the churches (those living with their mothers and laying around the house in bathrobes) he will now be encouraging to support missions through the CP seeing he did not lead his own church to so in an exemplary manner.
9/14/2010 2:47:40 PM

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