Meet the Staff
International Board of Jewish Missions is headquartered in Hixson, Tennessee where our dedicated staff manages all aspects of the ministry. Below is a list of the current staff members and a description of who they are and what they do to contribute to the mission of IBJM.
Meet the President
Dr. Orman L. Norwood, seen here with his wife of over fifty years, was born in 1931 in Alabama and was won to Christ at the age of sixteen by the late Dr. Robert G. Lee of Memphis. He has been preaching the gospel for over sixty years. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was a pastor of Baptist churches for twenty years.
Dr. Norwood's ministry with IBJM spans over 40 years. He joined the late Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus, founder of International Board of Jewish Missions, in 1971 and in 1978 was appointed General Director. Following the deaths of the founders, he was elected President of IBJM in the year 1992.
He is the Editor-in-chief of The Everlasting Nation Magazine and has authored several books, including The Return of Israel's Messiah and Stones and Shadows. In addition, he has written numerous gospel songs, and has spoken across America and in many foreign countries. For over 35 years, Dr. Norwood hosted radio broadcasts.
Meet the General Director
Dr. Ed Frampton serves as General Director of IBJM.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Brother Frampton was saved at the age of seventeen. He earned a B.A. degree in Business Management / Administration from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. After seventeen years in textile management, he attended Bob Jones University and Seminary where he earned a Master of Ministry degree. During this time he was a deacon at Tabernacle Baptist in Greenville, and later served for seven years as the assistant pastor and administrator of Victory Christian School in Sylva, North Carolina. In 1997, Brother Frampton and family began preparing for mission work with IBJM in Johannesburg, where they served until assuming his present position with IBJM in 2006.
While in Johannesburg, the Framptons’ ministry among the Gentile and Jewish communities included the founding of two churches, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lombardy East and New Covenant Baptist Church in Sandringham. These churches are now pastored by faithful South African national pastors and continue a vibrant ministry among both Jews and Gentiles.
Pastors may reach Brother Frampton by calling IBJM at (423) 876-8150, via our contact form, or by mail to International Board of Jewish Missions, P.O. Box 1386, Hixson, TN 37343.
Meet Our Administrative Assistants
Sheila Wharram, center, was born in Portsmouth, England. She served as secretary to Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Gartenhaus, our founders, and is secretary to Dr. Orman Norwood, our president.
Jennifer Bennecke, left, is secretary to our General Director and the Director of Missionary Training, and also helps with the planning of overseas trips.
Glenda McGuirt, right, is our receptionist. She answers the phone, oversees the Gift Shop, and prepares prayer letters for distribution.
Meet Our Director of Global Outreach
Rev. Allen Lord served as an IBJM missionary in Paris, France for twelve years. During that time he planted a good church and saw many people come to the Lord. His expertise and years of experience on the mission field prepared him for an expanded ministry in the States and around the world.
Today Brother Lord travels often to churches to represent IBJM and to challenge people to join with us in this vast outreach. As Director of Advancement he is available for consultation about wills, estate planning, gift annuities, and many other facts relative to the work of the Mission. He is an effective speaker and a seasoned missionary who speaks fluent French. He leads evangelistic trips to France and Ukraine and would be a blessing to any church or missionary group.
Churches should contact Brother Lord for conferences, weekend meetings, mission trips overseas, and consultations about giving. He can be reached at (423) 876-8150.
Meet Our Director of Missionary Training
John and Marilyn Lawrence are veteran missionaries, having served as full-time workers in France from 1987-2002. During this time, John was the administrator of a Bible Institute about 45 miles from Paris. His wife, Marilyn, worked beside him preparing meals for the students and staff, among other duties. He pastored and served as assistant pastor for several churches in France. John also teaches French at Chattanooga State Community College.
John serves as Director of Missionary Training and as Administrator of the Gartenhaus Training Center. He can arrange a Christ in the Passover demonstration for your church.
Meet Our Financial Department Workers
The bookkeepers who serve in this department are: Ila Gaskin and Francine Williams.
Meet Our Graphic Designer
Chris Ratliff does photography and design work for IBJM, as well as being the layout artist/typesetter for "The Everlasting Nation" magazine. He holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of TN in Chattanooga and has 28 years experience in the graphic arts and print industry fields.
Meet Our Network Administrator
David Ringheimer is our Network Administrator at the Mission.
David maintains our database servers, our website, designs IBJM and missionary media presentations and keeps our computer stations at IBJM up and running.
Meet Our Print Shop & Mailing Department
The Print Shop turns out thousands of gospel tracts for Jewish people and prints prayer letters and cards for missionaries, plus much more.
Mitch Johnson has been with IBJM for twenty one years and supervises the Print Shop, handles mailing, shipping of orders, the magazine mail-outs, and represents IBJM in meetings.
Meet Our Maintenance Department
Joe Reed is in charge of maintaining our facilities and handles general repairs as well as serving as coordinator for any contract labor necessary.