LifeWay Christian Resources Begins Search for New President After Thom Rainer Announces Retirement

Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, said he has “been blessed immeasurably by the ministry and the people of LifeWay” during his report to trustees on Monday (Aug. 27).
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LifeWay Christian Resources trustees began the initial steps to search for a successor to President and CEO Thom S. Rainer during their Aug. 27-28 meeting in Nashville.

Trustee chairman Jimmy Scroggins named a seven-person search committee to find LifeWay’s next leader.

The trustees’ presidential search committee will be led by Kent Dacus, vice president of student services at California Baptist University, as committee chair. Dacus is a member of The Grove Community Church in Riverside.

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Others on the search committee are Bill Langley, pastor of Severns Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Millie Burkett, member of Pathway Church, Gresham, Ore.; Ken Bledsoe, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Aberdeen, N.J.; Madeline Harris, member of Ezekiel Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.; Todd Fannin, member of Life Fellowship Church, Pryor, Okla.; and Luther McDaniel, member of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tenn. Three alternate members are Mike Osborne, executive pastor of Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Colonial Heights, Va.; J.D. Perry, member of Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La.; and Brad McLean, pastor of First Baptist Church, New Braunfels, Texas.

The search committee will receive questions and names for consideration at [email protected].

Scroggins, pastor of the multi-campus Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., voiced appreciation for Rainer’s godly leadership the last 13 years. “Thom is a man of honor and integrity who has brought honor, integrity and success to this organization,” he said.

Scroggins also asked the trustees to be in prayer for the search committee and for the future leader of LifeWay.

“We believe in a God who is sovereign over all things,” he said. “We believe God has had His hand and anointing on this organization for well over 100 years. And we are confident God will continue to sustain LifeWay and allow this organization to move forward and thrive.”

Rainer announced his retirement to trustees during the Monday (Aug. 27) plenary session and informed LifeWay employees by email that evening.

“My life has been blessed immeasurably by the ministry and the people of LifeWay,” Rainer said. “I accepted this position with humility and gratitude, and I leave it with humility and gratitude.”

Rainer told trustees he had no doubt it was the right time and season to pass the baton of leadership. “We are in an incredible position,” he said. “LifeWay is poised for a great future with a new leader.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Carol Pipes

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