Trustees for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) meeting in Denver today have chosen Frank Page to serve in a key NAMB position.
A report on The Christian Index’s web site says the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention will start later this month as vice president of evangelism. The Taylors, S.C., pastor has been a proponent of a national evangelism strategy since his SBC tenure.
Richard Harris, who has been serving as acting interim president, was named interim president, and a 10-person committee was named to seek the agency’s next president.
“Frank’s coming to NAMB is one of the most significant happenings in recent years,” said Harris. “He brings expertise, experience; he brings visionary leadership; and he brings relationships that few have throughout this convention. There are few leaders in this convention that have as much vision and passion to see the Great Commission fulfilled in North America, and ultimately the world, as Frank Page.”
After the vote by NAMB’s trustees Oct. 7, Page pledged to those who had just approved his role: “I will work with all my might and work with all my heart.”
“The only hope for our continent is Christ,” Page said. “Serving as I do on President Obama’s advisory council and having served as SBC president, I am well aware of the anarchy in our nation and our only hope is Jesus, and that’s why I am here. For the rest of my life I want to do what I can to touch lostness on this continent.”
During Page’s SBC presidency he called upon NAMB to lead the convention in a new national evangelism initiative, which eventually became GPS: God’s Plan for Sharing. That initiative is launching in spring 2010. in the United States and Canada.
“It’s almost a surreal feeling to me, because God brought that to my heart right after being elected as SBC president. I felt God just kept saying, ‘We have got to get a nationwide evangelistic emphasis going.’ So I kept pushing for that and pushing for that. I knew that our churches were hungry for somebody to step forward and say, ‘Here’s where we’re headed.’”
Page’s church, First Baptist Taylors, where he has been pastor since 2001, has made evangelism and missions a hallmark. The church ranks in the top 95th percentile of SBC churches for number of baptisms, with 144 reported in 2008. First Taylors is a leading giver among South Carolina Baptist churches in gifts through the Cooperative Program as well as national and state missions offerings. In addition, First Baptist Taylors plants a new church a year.