SBC PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS, 1988
CHARTING OUR COURSE BY THE UNCHANGING CHRIST
By THOMAS D. ELLIFF
Dr. Tom Elliff was born Feb. 21, 1944, in Paris, Texas, and is a third generation Southern Baptist pastor with both his father and grandfather having served as pastors and associational director of missions. Elliff has a D. Min. from Southern Seminary, an M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A./Major: from Ouachita Baptist University.
Currently the president of the International Mission Board, Elliff previously served the IMB as senior vice president for Spiritual Nurture/Church Relations. From 1985-2005 he was pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, Okla; from 1983-1985 was pastor of Applewood Baptist Church, Lakewood, Colo.; from 1981-1983, was a missionary to Zimbabwe with the (then) Foreign Mission Board. Dr. Elliff served as pastor of churches in Okla., Ark., and Texas. He also served the Southern Baptist Convention is various roles, including: chairman, Southern Baptist Council on Family Life; president, Southern Baptist Convention; president, SBC Pastors’ Conference; chairman, SBC Order of Business Committee; member, SBC Committee on Boards. The author of several books, Elliff was a contributor to: MasterLife, The Disciples Study Bible, The Family Worship Bible and various other publications.
This morning I want to address a matter of crucial significance . . . a matter upon which our very future as Southern Baptists rests . . . a matter which will define the scope of our future effectiveness, our usefulness to the Lord. I want to speak on the importance of “Charting Our Course By The Unchanging Christ.”
My text is the same as the theme text for this convention: “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.”