BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — International Mission Board (IMB) President Tom Elliff announced Feb. 26 that he will step down from his position after the newly-appointed search committee finds the next president. Trustees spent time in prayer for Elliff and his wife, Jeannie, after the announcement. The Elliff’s previously served with the IMB as missionaries to Zimbabwe. Tom Elliff was elected as IMB president in 2011. He distributed an open letter that attributed his decision to leave his position as the “Lord’s clear leading.” The search committee was to meet this afternoon. Tom Elliff previously served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1996-1997 and as pastor of First Baptist Church, Del City, Okla., 1985 to 2005.