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Floyd elected head of Southern Baptist Convention

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 10, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.

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The Rev. Ronnie Floyd, pastor at Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, speaks Sunday night at the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE — The Rev. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of the multicampus Cross Church based in Springdale, was elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday in Baltimore, with 51 percent of the vote. Floyd will succeed the Rev. Fred Luter, the first black president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Floyd will be the third Arkansan to serve as president since the denomination was formed in 1845. The others included James Philip Eagle, the state’s 16th governor, and Brooks Hays, a layman. He will serve at a time when Southern Baptists are experiencing a loss in membership, as well as a decline in baptisms. Floyd has previously called on his fellow Baptists to do more to spread the Gospel.

The Springdale pastor was nominated as president in 2006 but lost to the Rev. Frank Page, who now serves as president of the denomination’s Executive Committee.

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rschaeffer_sdale_org says... June 10, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

What a great privilege and honor!

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TomN says... June 10, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

Southern Baptists have been in decline ever since a group of radical fundamentalists, arrogating unto themselves a pure and proper understanding of Christian revelation and doctrine (Ahum... they alone possess the truth), announced a takeover of the denomination during the the 1979 Southern Baptist Convention. Many have left the denomination because of its narrowness, intolerance and condemnation of others with whom they disagree.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 10, 2014 at 2:40 p.m.

TomN ......... Amen, amen, amen I left but I was never a good Baptist anyway.

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Pacorabone says... June 10, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.

Can someone tell me who founded the baptist church? And in what year it was founded?

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dswoods says... June 10, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

Earliest church labeled Baptist was in 1609 in Amsterdam with English Separatist John Smyth as pastor.

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