The IMB is announcing that Todd Lafferty will be recommended to the IMB Board of Trustees at their February 6-7 meeting to become the Executive Vice President, working with Dr. Paul Chitwood.
Here is a press release from IMB where you can read about him.
This has been expected since before Dr Chitwood was announced. We were told by multiple knowledgeable sources that Lafferty would be appointed with Dr. Chitwood and our initial post announcing Dr. Chitwood’s candidacy for the IMB presidency carried Todd Lafferty’s name as well. We removed it quickly, and have no idea what the process has been in selecting Lafferty – whether he was already chosen as we’d been told and the announcement was simply delayed or whether a search took place and ended up back where we were told it would be. We may never know and it doesn’t matter.
We do know that Todd Lafferty fills an important role in the IMB. I was blowing a trumpet for an IMB president with field experience. The search committee chose a man who did not have any. Dr. Chitwood seems able, even extraordinary, in many ways, but lacked experience as a missionary. Todd Lafferty fulfills that role.
He replaces one of the luminaries of the IMB, Dr. Clyde Meador.