David Platt, president of the International Mission Board (IMB), has been released “from his commitment to the IMB,” IMB board chairman Rick Dunbar announced Sept. 14.
Platt’s resignation will be effective at the IMB board of directors’ Sept. 27 meeting, the same day retired missionary Clyde Meador will become interim president if approved by the full board. Meador was approved by the executive committee of the IMB board in a special called meeting Sept. 13.
“Trustee officers recently discussed with David the possibility of the need for an organizational transition to an interim time as the presidential search continues,” Dunbar explained. “The board’s executive committee met, and after prayer and discussion decided to release David from his commitment to the IMB in order to allow him to focus full time on his new role … and for the IMB to move forward into a transition period.”
Platt has served as president since Aug. 27, 2014. Since September 2017, Platt also has served as pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, D.C.
On Feb. 12, 2018, Platt asked IMB trustees to begin searching for his successor and stated his intention to continue serving as president during the process.
Referencing that initial intention, Platt also noted in a statement released Sept. 14, “I want to honor the authority God has placed over me … and I want to do whatever is best for the IMB.”
Meador has 42 years of service with the IMB. He previously served as IMB’s interim president August 2010–March 2011. (IMB)