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7/29/97 9 more named at NAMB to professional posts

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Nine more staff members have been named to the management-level of the North American Mission Board, the Southern Baptist Convention new domestic missions agency.
NAMB was created in June by a merger of the Home Mission Board, Brotherhood Commission and Radio and Television Commission. Eighty percent of the staff are based in the former Home Mission Board building north of Atlanta, with the remaining employees based at the RTVC’s former studios in Fort Worth, Texas, and now called NAMB’s media technology team.
Thomas Hammond will be director of church evangelism. Hammond comes from Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Ga., where he has served as pastor of evangelism for the past five years. He will be responsible for the areas of family evangelism, spiritual and lay renewal evangelism and multicultural evangelism.
David Lee from California has been named director of ministry evangelism. Chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, special ministries, church and community ministries and immigration ministries fall into the ministry evangelism area.
Len Taylor, who has served as minister of students at First Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va., the past four years, is assuming the role of director of student evangelism. Student evangelism has been outlined as one of the four major thrusts of the new agency, along with evangelizing the cities, growing ethnic congregations and mobilizing volunteers.
John Yi has been named as Asian church planting associate. Yi will serve on the new congregation implementation team along with others previously named to Anglo, Asian, Hispanic and African American church- planting staff positions.
Mike Ebert will be the director and editor/chief of publishing. Ebert comes from the Christian Coalition in Chesapeake, Va., where he has served as director of their publications department and editor of the bimonthly Christian American magazine. He will be a key team member in the media and missions education group of the agency.
Carol Baker has been named as missions opportunities/events manager. Baker will serve as part of the media and missions education group in Alpharetta under the director of missions education.
Harry Lewis, former pastor of Immanuel Southern Baptist Church, Ridgecrest, Calif., and president of California Southern Baptist Convention, has accepted the post of regional coordinator for either the West or Midwest region. In this capacity, Lewis will work with state conventions and associations to help develop strategies for ministry and missions.
Doug Metzger, also of California, has been named director of the strategic focus cities unit. Two positions in this area for strategic cities planning coordinators have not yet been filled.
Wayne Rhodes, a computer consultant from Virginia Beach, Va., has been named as Internet director/programmer/webmaster. His areas of expertise include software development, Internet technical support and network NT and Novell programming.

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