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Southern Baptists elect Alabama pastor Ed Litton as president

NASHVILLE — Thousands of Southern Baptists elected Alabama pastor Ed Litton — the only candidate some say can prevent an exodus of minority members from the denomination — to serve as the next president of their network of conservative evangelical churches.

Litton won the top Southern Baptist Convention role in a runoff vote on Tuesday in Nashville. He defeated Georgia pastor Mike Stone.

The convention, which is divided over the future direction of the convention, needs a uniter, said Louisiana pastor Fred Luter Jr., who nominated the pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama.

“Ed is uniquely qualified to do that,” said Luter, a former convention president and the first Black leader to serve in the role. 

“At a time when conservative Southern Baptist African American leaders are questioning their connection to the convention, Ed has uniquely shown his commitment to racial reconciliation.”

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