Rosenau_inlineCLEVELAND, Ohio—Baptist Mid-Missions has appointed Vernon Rosenau president. He will step into the role in January, after the retirement of the mission agency’s current president, Dr. Gary Anderson, at the end of 2015. Anderson has been president for 26 years.

BMM says, “We are exceedingly grateful for Dr. Anderson’s exceptional leadership marked by wisdom, faithfulness, and a shepherd’s heart. He leaves behind a strong legacy for Rev. Rosenau to build upon. Our sincere thanks also goes out to our Leadership Succession Committee who put in many hours of prayerful, conscientious work over the past 18 months.”

Rosenau is a third-generation missionary to Central African Republic, joining Baptist Mid-Missions in 1975 with his wife, Jan. During his second term, he was elected field president, and in 1999 he became Baptist Mid-Missions’ field administrator for Africa and Europe. Anderson calls Rosenau “a man of genuine godly character and spiritual discernment who will bring fresh leadership to the Mission. . . .

“He has a deep-seated respect for God’s work in and through the Mission, which suits him exceedingly well to lead. He has been a shepherd to young and old alike, constantly emphasizing generational interdependence on all of his fields. Vernon will move the Mission forward from his first day in office.”