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Bio: Tom Elliff

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Following is the bio of Tom Elliff, who was the unanimous recommendation of a 15-member board of trustee search committee to be the next president of International Mission Board:

Thomas (Tom) D. Elliff


Feb. 21, 1944, in Paris, Texas. A third generation Southern Baptist pastor with both father and grandfather having served as pastors and associational director of missions.


Wife, Jeannie Thomas, married Aug. 20, 1966. Four grown children: Beth, Amy, Sarah, Jon. Twenty-five grandchildren


2007, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry

1971, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity

1966-67, Ouachita Baptist University, Graduate Teaching-Fellowship (History)

1966, Ouachita Baptist University, Bachelor of Arts/Major: History

Honorary, Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, Doctor of Divinity

Honorary, Southwest Baptist University, Doctor of Sacred Theology


2005-Present, Founder of Living in the Word Publications, a writing and speaking ministry focused on spiritual awakening

2005-2009, International Mission Board, SBC, Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture/Church Relations

1985-2005, Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, Okla.

1983-1985, Pastor, Applewood Baptist Church, Lakewood, Colo.

1981-1983, Foreign Mission Board, SBC, Missionary to Zimbabwe

1972-1981, Pastor, Eastwood Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okla.

1962-1972, Churches pastored while in college and seminary: Southside Baptist Mission, Warren, Ark.; Turner Baptist Church, Turner, Ark.; Martindale Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.; Vickery Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas; First Baptist Church, Mansfield, Texas. Led multiple crusades and conferences in the United States and overseas. Frequently has spoken on the topic of family, sharing individually or with Jeannie, appearing on such programs as: For Faith and Family, Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Kingdom Family Conferences.


1999-2003, Chairman, Southern Baptist Council on Family Life

1996-97, 1997-98, President, Southern Baptist Convention

1994, Preached Annual Sermon at the SBC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

1990, President, SBC Pastors’ Conference

Preached during several SBC Pastors’ Conferences

1988, Chairman, SBC Order of Business Committee

1985, Preached Theme Interpretation at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas, Texas

1985, SBC Committee on Boards

Served in a variety of local and state Baptist convention responsibilities


2009, “What Should I Say to My Friend,” IMB

2009, “The Broken Curse,” Living in the Word

2008, “The Red Feather,” Living in the Word

2004, “Ten Questions Every Husband Should Ask His Wife Every Year,” Living in the Word

2003, “Come Home to the Heart of God,” LifeWay Resources

2003, “The Seven Pillars of a Kingdom Family,” B&H

2003, “Letters to Lovers,” B&H

2003, “In Their Own Words,” (With R.G. Witty), B&H

1998 (Crossway)/2010 (CLC), “A Passion for Prayer”
Contributor to: MasterLife, The Disciples Study Bible, The Family Worship Bible and various other publications.

1992, “America on the Edge,” NCM Press

1990, “The Pathway to God’s Presence, “B&H

1978, “Praying for Others,” B&H

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