After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served as the International Mission Board’s President from 2011–2014, as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005–2009, and as a missionary in Zimbabwe from 1981–1983. Pastorates have included churches in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. Tom has also served as the president of the SBC Pastors Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Tom is the founder of Living in the Word Publications, named after a radio broadcast he hosted for twenty-five years. Living in the Word is a writing, publishing and speaking ministry focused on the urgency of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth and the ongoing necessity of spiritual awakening. Tom has spoken in conferences and crusades around the world. Blessed with four children and twenty-five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, Tom is a frequent speaker at conferences and on programs addressing issues related to family life. Tom is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (BA), Southwestern Seminary (M.Div.), and Southern Seminary (D.Min.).