Adjunct, Christian Studies
Born March 16, 1942, in Tupelo, Mississippi; childhood and education in Clinton, Mississippi.
- Bachelor of arts degree from Mississippi College, Clinton
- Master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
- Honorary doctor of divinity degree from Mississippi College
- Honorary doctor of missions degree from California Baptist University, Riverside
- Honorary doctor of divinity from Columbia International University in South Carolina
Bobbye Simmons of Brookhaven, Mississippi
- Lori (daughter) and Chip were appointed by the IMB in 1999 and are currently serving in Central Asia in community outreach and encounter. They have three children, Samuel (born in 2002), Miriam Anna (born in 2004) and Gloria (born in 2005).
- Russell (son) and Angela and their three children, Zachary (born in 1995), Joseph (born in 1999) and Anna Grace (born in 2002), currently live in Waco, Texas where he is Director of Communication for The Dwyer Group. They previously served in East Asia from 1999 to January 2005 and in Corporate Communications with LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville from 2006 to 2013.
Pre-Career Missionary Experience
- Pastor of Sadler (Texas) Baptist Church
- Youth director and associate pastor at Sagamore Hill Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas
- Baptist Student Union director and Bible instructor at Grayson County Junior College, Denison, Texas
- Summer (1962) missionary to New York and Vermont for the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board and summer (1963) missionary to the Philippines for the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board
- Mississippi College Hall of Fame
- Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
- 1972 Outstanding Young Men of America
- Mississippi College Service to Humanity Award, 1976
- Missio Nexus Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
- A Journey Of Faith And Sacrifice: Retracing The Steps Of Lottie Moon, written by Jerry Rankin and photography by Don Rutledge. Published by New Hope in June 1996.
- Empowering Kingdom Growth to the Ends of the Earth. Published by IMB in June 2005.
- Lives Given, Not Taken, co-authored with Erich Bridges. Published by IMB in June 2005.
- The Challenge to Great Commission Obedience. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN in 2006.
- Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for God’s Glory. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN in 2009.
- In the Secret Place: A Pilgrimage Through the Psalms. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN in 2009.
- Spiritual Warfare and Missions: The Battle for God’s Glory Among the Nations, with Ed Stetzer. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN in 2010.
- Great Commission Obedience: the Path to Resurgence. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN in 2011.
International Mission Board Assignments
- Appointed missionary to Indonesia in June 1970.
- General evangelist in East Java and Surabaya, Indonesia, 1971-81.
- Associate to the area director for South and Southeast Asia, Jan. 1, 1982 July 31, 1986, based in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Administrator for Southern Baptist mission work in India, August 1986 May 1987.
- Area Director for Southern Asia and Pacific, May 31, 1987 June 14, 1993. Based in Singapore, he oversaw the work of 480 missionaries in 15 nations.
- President of the International Mission Board June 14, 1993 – July 31, 2010.
President Emeritus, International Mission Board, SBC
Director, the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University
Adjunct professor of missions: Mississippi College, William Carey University, Columbia International University.