After a trustee investigation produced a scathing report of numerous examples of poor management, Bob Reccord has resigned as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board.
“I regret that events of recent weeks have created an environment which makes it difficult to lead the organization and to stay on mission,” Reccord, 54, said April 17 in a statement.
Allegations first surfaced in a February exposé by the Christian Index, a Georgia Baptist Convention newspaper. NAMB’s trustees, after their own investigation, put Reccord under strict “executive-level controls” March 23, which many observers thought would prompt his resignation.
He was the first leader of the agency, which has its office in Alpharetta, an Atlanta suburb. NAMB was formed in 1997 under a restructuring plan that combined the Southern Baptist Convention’s former Home Mission Board, Radio and Television Commission and Brotherhood Commission.