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J.D. Greear elected new Southern Baptist leader

by J.C. Derrick
Posted 6/12/18, 05:51 pm

DALLAS—Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas overwhelmingly elected J.D. Greear as the group’s next president on Tuesday. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C., took 69 percent of the vote on the first ballot. Former seminary head Ken Hemphill had 31 percent.

Greear, 45, becomes the youngest SBC president in nearly four decades. In 2016, he withdrew from consideration after two inconclusive ballots, paving the way for current SBC president Steve Gaines to take the post. On Tuesday, Tampa pastor Ken Whitten made a passionate case for electing Greear. He cited 1,300 baptisms at Greear’s church over the last two years, 158 missionaries sent, and the congregation’s 17 percent non-white membership: “J.D. Greear is the right man at the right time.”

The SBC is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.2 million members, but its numbers have consistently declined over the last 10 years.

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J.C. Derrick

J.C. is WORLD’s deputy chief content officer and WORLD Radio’s managing editor based in Dallas. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 06/12/2018 08:57 pm

    Greear is a good man, with solid teaching.  I hope that he can help Southern Baptists right their ship after recent blows.

    Posted: Tue, 06/12/2018 11:40 pm

    Just as brilliant barristers have proven themselves poor judges so too perhaps a brilliant pastor could prove inadequate to riding herd on a denomination which at least in my youth prided itself on the autonomy of the local churches with no hierarchical chain of command, no Vatican centralized HQ promulgating policy or doctrinal interpretation for loddy doddy every body. 

    He was never a candidate but I personally like Albert Mohler. But he can perhaps be more useful in his role as podcaster etc.

  • TWH
    Posted: Thu, 06/14/2018 10:24 pm

    I just took a look at the Summit Church website. Entertainment is the hook. It's amazing that Jesus and the Apostles missed this sure-fire method. (:

  •  Shelley Tuttle's picture
    Shelley Tuttle
    Posted: Sat, 06/30/2018 10:40 am

    By saying the SBC is not going to be intertwined in politics [ just seems a bit naive about how the Church influences the culture. I think the SBC will not be able to dismiss itself--nor should it desire to--from the politics swirling around us in this day and age. What did the "minority" do in the Old Testament? Reboot! Call upon the God of heaven who marches us on to victory, winning people to its Way (for the unbeliever is more astute at standing up for itself than we often are). The Church will triumph as the godly submit themselves to the will of God and not relegate itself to churchianity that says the gospel is about a set of dictated terms (i.e., you can't do this; you can't do that). There is no formula, and our job is to promulgate the message in every aspect of society as we care about souls more than we should care about how we look.