The International Mission Board (IMB) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) announced Bryant Wright as the new president of Send Relief today (March 2). Wright was the founding pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., where he served for 38 years.
“In today’s culture, compassion ministry is a wonderful way to win the right to be heard, not just with people you’re ministering to who are in great need, but with those who see Christians respond to needs in a compassionate way,” Wright said. “Send Relief allows us to have a positive witness on behalf of the whole convention.”
The announcement comes two weeks after NAMB and the IMB announced plans to collaborate on national and international compassion ministry under the banner of Send Relief.
“Paul (Chitwood, IMB president) had the idea to pursue Bryant for this role, and I am so grateful,” said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. “Bryant dedicated much of his life to Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and built a congregation that is passionate about spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth and about compassion ministry. Their church makes an impact in Atlanta and around the world, and I am so excited that he is going to be stepping into this role.”
As the president of Send Relief, Wright will report both to Ezell and IMB president Paul Chitwood to oversee and coordinate their joint efforts in compassion ministry.
“Bryant Wright is a model Great Commission leader,” Chitwood said. “As a pastor whom God used to grow a megachurch, twice-elected Southern Baptist Convention president and a man with the nations on his heart, Bryant will be a strong voice to champion the compassion ministry of Southern Baptists’ two mission boards. He has been heavily involved in that work, both with NAMB and IMB, for many years. I look forward to seeing how God will use him to lead Southern Baptists to continue to help the hurting and share hope with the lost.”
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Source: Baptist Press