Mission Society President Dick McClain Announces Retirement

Dick McClain, the president of The Mission Society, will be retiring in March 2014.

Joining the organization in 1986, he became president in 2009 and is currently the longest tenured member of staff.

McClain was born into a missions family in China and was raised in India and Hong Kong before going on to seminary and eventually pastoring young churches.

The organization plans to elect a committee of possible candidates and a new president will be named in February of 2014. That will give the new president two months to work along side McClain.

"The Mission Society is well positioned and poised for further growth in the next chapter of its life," he said in a press release. "As long as there are persons who do not know Christ and entire people groups who have little or no access to the gospel, The Mission Society will continue to mobilize and deploy the people of God to join Jesus in His mission."

The latest board meeting also saw the addition of new board members Katheryn Heinz, Jay Moon, Carolyn Moore, and Todd Weeks.

Founded in 1984, The Mission Society deploys missionaries throughout different ministries globally and currently is in 42 countries with roughly 225 missionaries.

"The Mission Society (www.themissionsociety.org) exists to mobilize and deploy the body of Christ globally to join Jesus in His mission, especially among the least-reached peoples. To that end, The Mission Society recruits, trains and sends Christian missionaries to minister around the world. It develops diverse programs and ministries in keeping with its missionaries' unique callings and gifts, ranging from well-drilling and the arts, to more traditional ministries, such as teaching English and church-planting," it says under the mission statement on their website.