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SBC messengers re-elect Texas pastor Bart Barber to a second term as president

US Louisiana SBC Bart Barber

New Orleans, USRNS Texas pastor Bart Barber was elected to a second year in office during an afternoon session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Barb­­­er received 7,531 votes, 68 per cent of the 11,014 vote total, beating out Georgia Baptist pastor Mike Stone, a more conservative challenger, who received 3,458 votes, or 31 […]

In the US, Georgia pastor Mike Stone to challenge SBC President Bart Barber this summer

Pastor Mike Stone.

United StatesRNS For only the second time in more than three decades, a Southern Baptist Convention president will face a challenge for reelection. Georgia pastor Mike Stone, who lost a hotly contested election in 2021, announced on Wednesday that he would accept a nomination for the presidency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Pastor Mike Stone. PICTURE: […]

Who is Ed Litton, the new Southern Baptist Convention president?

US SBC Rev Ed Litton

Nashville, Tennessee, USRNS In a hotly contested election decided by just over 500 votes, Alabama pastor Ed Litton was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Litton, the longtime pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, a congregation with 3,900 members, was considered a long shot in the presidential race. Two other candidates – Georgia […]

Southern Baptists pick president who worked for racial unity

US SBC Pastor Ed Litton

Nashville, Tennessee, USAP The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory.  Ed Litton, a pastor from Alabama, won […]

Secret recordings show Southern Baptist dispute on sex abuse

SBC Ronnie Floyd 2016

Nashville, Tennessee, USAP Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention intensified Thursday as critics sought to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and worried more about its reputation and donations than about victims.  A former executive of the denomination’s ethics […]

Alabama pastor Ed Litton, known for racial reconciliation work, joins SBC presidential race

US Southern Baptist Convention AGM 2019

RNS Rev Ed Litton, an Alabama pastor known for his work on racial reconciliation, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention this summer. Litton enters an increasingly crowded field for SBC president, joining Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler, Georgia pastor Mike Stone and Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest […]