W. Thomas Hammond, Jr.
On January 1, 2019, W. Thomas Hammond, Jr. became the executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Previously, he served as the lead pastor of Alpharetta First Baptist Church from 2013-2018. For several years during his leadership, Alpharetta First Baptist ranked among the top 10% of the fastest- growing churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention, planted three churches, began a Latino and Per-sian ministry, and increased their giving through the Cooperative Program from 1% to 6%. With a heart for evangelism, Rev. Hammond led Alpharetta First Baptist to baptize over 250 people. Prior to coming to Alpharetta First Baptist, Rev. Hammond served as vice president for Convention Advancement with the SBC Executive Committee; senior director of Church Evangelism with the North American Mission Board; director of missions at the Metrolina Baptist Association in Charlotte, North Carolina; minister of evangelism at Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia; and evangelism associate at the Ohio Baptist Convention.