Ed Litton, the relatively unknown senior pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, defeated two preeminent rivals to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention during a session of the SBC’s annual meeting Tuesday (June 15).
Litton has made racial reconciliation a hallmark of his work since at least the 2014 riots after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Litton’s 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 won in the second round of voting Tuesday, defeating conservative Georgia pastor Mike Stone, a former SBC Executive Committee chair and favorite of the Conservative Baptist Network, which has been critical of SBC leadership, saying it has become captive to liberal ideas.
This past Sunday, I spoke on Ephesians 2 and the need for ethnic conciliation in light of the Gospel and alluded to some of the challenges modern Christianity was facing. This is incredible news coming out of #sbc21 today. I’m hopeful.https://t.co/NyfxddPOlJ
— J.J. Gawlowicz (@jjgawlowicz) June 16, 2021