So I learned that Bob Gray resigned in Dec 2008 due to health reasons. This is the second bit of IFBx scuttlebutt I have heard recently. I had almost forgotten I was only one really-stretched link away from this crowd. And boy is the wire hot lately!
As it turns out, due to declining health, Bob Gray decided he wanted to focus on promoting the college/school and speaking engagements. But there was a string attached to his departure... the church body had to vote in his son, Bob Gray II, as pastor, before his resignation would be effective. There is also a one-year transition period were they will both be in charge.
Evidently Bob Gray Sr. felt like Hammond made a mistake moving from Hyles to Schaap, and has been critical of Schaap. (It seems that most big-name IFBx preachers have hopped on that bandwagon, see my comments on Fugate.) So this I'll-resign-if-you-vote-in-my-son-but-I'll-still-hang-around-for-a-year routine is supposed to avoid that "pitfall."
The final vote to instate Bob II under these conditions was 96%. The 96% isn't suprising- the 4% is. Having spent time there personally I would have expected the vote to be 98%+. This is a place where the pastor's word is God's, and you don't move or change jobs unless pastor says it's ok. I sympathize with the 4%, but they need to get out and stop dreaming about reforming the system... they are only hurting themselves and their families.
As such the question of whether or not Bob Sr. should have been the one to pick his successor is moot, because the inner core of LBT does his bidding anyway.
We look on this from the outside and wonder why Bob Sr. is holding on as tight as he is. I assure you however, that to the people there it makes sense and feels natural, given what they believe about pastoral authority.