RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — Clyde Meador, who serves as executive advisor to the president at the International Mission Board (IMB), is retiring — or, more accurately, re-retiring — on Friday (June 12), after more than 45 years of service to Southern Baptists.
Meador and his wife, Elaine, began their missionary service with the Southern Baptist Convention entity in Indonesia in 1974. He served through the years as a missionary and mission field leader in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, the Pacific and Oceania. He has worked closely with four IMB presidents as a top advisor, and served two stints as the organization’s interim president.
The Meadors first retired in May 2016, after 41 years in missionary service and executive roles. His respite from executive duties was short-lived; four months later, he was unanimously elected as IMB’s interim president by trustees, before the election of current president Paul Chitwood in November 2018.
At Chitwood’s request, Meador was approved by trustees to remain in the President’s Office as interim executive vice president for several months during the transition. In February 2019, at the election of Todd Lafferty as IMB’s executive vice president, Meador agreed to remain as an executive advisor. In the subsequent months, he would fill the roles of interim vice president of Mobilization; interim vice president of Support Services; and interim vice president of Human Resources.
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Source: Baptist Press