David Platt Elected as New Southern Baptist International Mission Board President

by Christian Examiner |

((Photo: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary/File))David Platt preaches in this 2014 file photo.

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board has selected Pastor David Platt to serve as its new president.

In the role, Platt will supervise the global missions efforts of America's largest Protestant denomination, which includes nearly 5,000 full time missionaries.

Platt served as the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, and authored the book Radical to challenge Christians to serve Christ outside their comfort zone.

He also founded Radical, a parachurch ministry that hosts the popular event Secret Church.

According to the Radical website, "Secret Church is our 'house church' where we meet periodically for an intense time of Bible study—lasting 6+ hours—including a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecution and for those who have still not heard the gospel."

The 36-year-old pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., takes office immediately.