Tuesday, June 11th is an exciting day for the International Mission Board (IMB), but it is also an exciting day for Indiana Baptists. On Tuesday morning at the SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, the IMB will be commissioning missionaries during their IMB Missions Celebration. Among those being commissioned will be Todd and Michele Linn of Evansville, IN!


Todd and Michele are being sent to the country of Zambia by Oakhill Baptist Church in Evansville. Todd has served in pastoral ministry for over 23 years (most recently pastor at First Baptist Church in Henderson, KY, 2002–2019) and began his writing and teaching ministry in 2020. At that time, a good friend (Dr. Chuck Lawless) asked if Todd had ever considered teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa. While Michele and Todd have always loved missional work, they did not know his credentials would allow him to teach seminary-level courses overseas in the English language. So, after authoring a few books, they began the application process with the International Mission Board.


In Zambia, Todd will serve as a Seminary Lecturer and Bible School Developer. He will be teaching at the Baptist Seminary in the capital city of Lusaka, and they will also travel three times a year to do Bible School Development and Discipleship in rural Zambia. Todd is excited to train the next generation of African pastors, theologians, authors, and missionaries, and Michele gets to use her wonderful administrative skills. They will also learn one of the 72 tribal languages of Zambia.


Todd says, “We are really excited about this opportunity. Michele and I have both participated in and led numerous mission trips overseas to Thailand, Laos, Jamaica, and Brazil, but this is a totally new adventure!”


If you are going to be at the SBC Annual Meeting, make plans to be at the IMB Sending Celebration to cheer on Todd and Michele as they take this exciting step. And even if you are not able to join that day, commit to praying for this couple as they follow God’s call to teach and minister in the country of Zambia.