ST. LOUIS (BP) — Louisiana pastor David Crosby will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), former SBC President Fred Luter announced today.
“I have watched David the last 10 years here in New Orleans as he has taken the leadership of all the churches and pastors of our city in helping to rebuild New Orleans, which everybody knows was totally destroyed [in 2005] in Hurricane Katrina,” Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, said in an interview, telling Baptist Press of his intention to nominate Crosby during the SBC annual meeting June 14–15 in St. Louis.
During the 20 years Crosby has pastored First Baptist Church, New Orleans, the congregation has given between 7 and 15 percent of its undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program, Luter said. That level of CP giving persisted despite a major relocation effort and $3.5 million of damages sustained from Katrina, Crosby said.
Over the past five years, the congregation has averaged 9.5 percent giving through the Cooperative Program, according to the Annual Church Profile. Total missions giving for the congregation has been at least 22 percent of its undesignated receipts each of the past five years.
First Baptist sponsors NOLA Baptist Church, a North American Mission Board (NAMB) church plant, and Crosby is a founding board member of New Orleans Baptist Ministries, the umbrella organization which operates Baptist Friendship House on behalf of NAMB and the local association.
Crosby has served a variety of leadership roles at the association, state convention and SBC levels, including moderator of the New Orleans Baptist Association, Executive Board member of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and member of the SBC Committees on Committees and Resolutions. He is a trustee at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Crosby told BP, “I really believe in cooperation, and I believe the Southern Baptist Convention exists primarily to facilitate cooperation among our churches for the world mission of the Gospel. Cooperation, to me, has a financial component, and my churches have always been deeply invested in the Cooperative Program and the special missions offerings. Cooperation also has a personal component.”
He continued, “I also feel strongly about the Gospel being both proclaimed and enfleshed. The Gospel needs proclamation and incarnation. So I’m convicted that our behavior, both individually and collectively, should reflect the Savior and please Him, and that our words are not enough. … I try to keep both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission on my heart.”
Crosby’s nomination is the third to be announced for the SBC annual meeting.
He is married to Janet and has three children and eight grandchildren. Crosby holds a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of philosophy from Baylor University.
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