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RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–No Foreign Mission Board personnel were fired or terminated during the recent revitalization/reorganization of the agency.
None of the six former 10 area directors who were not named to the new 14 positions of regional leader has resigned. Each is being given a year’s furlough and is being asked to return to missionary status with a new field assignment.
In trustee action in April all 10 area directors’ positions were vacated, effective July 1 due to changes in overseas administrative units and redefined job descriptions. The four area directors who will become regional leaders will also return to missionary status, and the 10 new regional leaders also will remain on missionary status.
Of the six former area directors, three were offered positions as regional leaders and declined those for various reasons.
The six were Joe Bruce of Middle America and Canada, John Faulkner of Eastern and Southern Africa, Bill Goff of Spanish South America, Faye Pearson of East Asia, Mike Stroope of Cooperative Services International and Dale Thorne of the Middle East and North Africa.

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    Tim Ellsworth is associate vice president for university communications at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program and on news related to Southern Baptists’ concerns nationally and globally.

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