HOUSTON (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.
Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional white Southern base.
The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention claims 16 million members, but recently announced that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year.
Luter was re-elected on Tuesday during the convention’s annual meeting in Houston. He was unopposed and received a standing ovation.
Southern Baptist presidents can serve a maximum of two one-year terms.