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7/9/97 John Yarbrough, Dewey Hickey join NAMB management staff

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Among the list of new management staff for the North American Mission Board are two prominent Southern Baptist leaders: Georgia pastor John Yarbrough and Dewey Hickey, executive director of the Dakota Southern Baptist Fellowship.
Yarbrough, pastor of First Baptist Church, Perry, Ga., served as a member and later as chairman of the Implementation Task Force which implemented the restructuring of the Southern Baptist Convention, “Covenant for a New Century.” NAMB was the most complex and far-reaching part of the restructuring.
At NAMB, Yarbrough will lead in developing the agency’s cooperative relationships with state Baptist conventions and fellowships, including direct responsibility for about a dozen states in the eastern United States. Last Spring, Yarbrough also chaired an ITF-sponsored work group which examined the cooperative agreements which govern those relationships.
Yarbrough is a Georgia native and has pastored churches in Georgia and Kentucky, where he received a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in numerous roles at the associational, state convention and national level, including two years as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and as a member of the SBC Executive Committee the past five years.
He and his wife, Diana, have two grown children.
Hickey, an Arkansas native, has served in pioneer missions areas nearly 30 years including 10 years as a church planter in Nebraska, eight years as state missions director for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention and the last 10 years in the Dakotas.
Hickey told Baptist Press his team will “look at everything being done by anyone planting churches in North America and develop various models for church starting that are biblically and contextually sound.”
Hickey has a master of divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri and is completing a doctor of ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California. He and his wife, Harriett, have four grown daughters and three grandchildren.
Ed Pope, director of evangelism for the Dakota fellowship, has been named interim executive director for the fellowship.

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