Southern Baptist Church Elects New President

The Southern Baptist Convention has a new president.

Ed Litton, senior pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., was elected president during the annual SBC meeting last week, according to the Baptist Standard.

Litton has made a name for himself for being outspoken, with more liberal positions on issues.

Litton has made racial reconciliation a hallmark of his work since at least the 2014 riots after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. His election is considered a defeat for hard right conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent battles over race, sexual abuse and gender roles.

Litton was one of the signers of “Justice, Repentance and the SBC,” a December 2020 statement published after heads of six Southern Baptist seminaries issued a statement rejecting critical race theory.

Litton, who served as the organization’s first vice president in 2001, is taking over from J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., who served an extra year term due to the cancellation of the 2020 annual meeting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn more about the new SBC President here.