From Will Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Message
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (LBM) – Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC 2021 annual meeting on June 15 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Litton won a runoff election against Georgia Pastor Mike Stone by a margin of 556 votes, 6,834 to 6,278.
According to Registration Secretary Don Currence, the number of messengers before the election peaked at 15,691. However, only 13,112 ballot papers were cast.
Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Blackshear, Georgia, led Litton after the first round of four candidates, including R. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and Randy Adams, executive director of Northwest Baptist Convention, Vancouver, Washington.
First vote: Stone, 5,216, or 37.5 percent; Litton, 4,360, or 32.4 percent; Mohler, 3,764, or 26.3 percent; and Adams, 673, or 4.7 percent (out of 14,013 total votes counted).
Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, nominated Litton with strong affirmation of Litton’s ability as a “unifier” who “has shown uniquely his commitment to racial reconciliation.”
Luter described the SBC as “no longer shoulder to shoulder, but face to face”, adding that “we no longer fight an enemy on the battlefield, we are now fighting our brother in the barracks”.
“Southern Baptists, it is time to leave the barracks,” he said, adding, “If we do not leave the barracks, we are missing out on what God is doing in a lost and dying world.
“This is our moment to focus on the Big Mission,” urged Luter. “Friends, take it from Fred. Let’s vote for Ed. Ed Litton as President of the Southern Baptist Convention! “