RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Lloyd H. Atkinson, who directs efforts by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board to appoint new missionaries, has been named associate vice president for mission personnel.
Atkinson, a former FMB missionary to Chile, will continue to direct the board’s personnel selection department.
In his new position, however, he also will help administer the day-to-day operations of the office of mission personnel. That office selects long-term career and associate missionaries, plus shorter-term mission personnel such as the International Service Corps and journeymen.
Atkinson and his wife, Sue, were missionaries to Chile from 1972- 77. He later joined the board staff as administrative assistant to the director for western South America, then worked with prospective missionaries as a candidate consultant in personnel selection from 1981- 86. He has been director of personnel selection since 1989.
A native of Miami, Atkinson graduated from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. At the Institute of Religion in Houston he earned a certificate in clinical pastoral education.
In addition to his foreign missions service, he has been pastor of three Virginia churches.