Fred Luter Jr., senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, has been elected as the first African-American to hold the post of president of the Southern Baptist Convention. More than 7,600 Southern Baptists are registered as messengers for the annual meeting in New Orleans.
Luter most recently served as SBC first vice president. He was unopposed for the SBC presidency. He was nominated by David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church, New Orleans.
“He is qualified in every way to hold this office,” Crosby said in the nominating speech. “Let’s give our ballot a voice and shout out to the world, ‘Jesus is Lord. This is our president. We are Southern Baptists.’”
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