Luter calls to order SBC meeting in Baltimore

Meredith Flynn —  June 10, 2014

Luter_gavelPresident Fred Luter gaveled into session the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention this morning.

As of 8:05 a.m., there are 4,310 registered messengers at the meeting. Attendance is typically sparse in the first session, but four Illinois Baptists are seated in the first three rows: Cliff and Lisa Woodman from Emmanuel Baptist in Carlinville, and Jack and Wilma Booth from Calvary Baptist in Elgin.

Luter’s successor will be elected this morning from a field of three candidates: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church in northwest Arkansas; Dennis Kim, Global Mission Church of Greater Washington; and Jared Moore, New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky.

As for the current president, Luter opened the session with his trademark humor: “Even though I have enjoyed the crab cakes here, I’d rather the beignets and coffee in N’Awlins.”

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Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.