Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., and a member of NRB, was elected Wednesday to serve as the next President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
Gaines’ election by acclamation was announced after another presidential nominee, J.D. Greear, withdrew from the race ahead of a second runoff vote scheduled for Wednesday morning. Gaines succeeds fellow NRB member Ronnie Floyd, Pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, who served two consecutive one-year terms as SBC President.
In congratulating Gaines, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson said he was thankful that the Memphis-area pastor is the new President of the SBC, and said he will be praying for him.
"Steve Gaines is a bold preacher who has a heart for Scripture memory and personal evangelism," he stated.
Dr. Johnson also thanked Greear for his servant leadership, and praised him for his decision, for his pledge of support for Gaines, and for his stand for unity in the Gospel.
In addition, Dr. Johnson thanked Floyd for his past two years of leadership.
“As President, Ronnie Floyd led the Southern Baptist Convention with a spiritual agenda,” he stated.
The presidential election took place during the 2016 SBC Annual Meeting held June 14-15 in St. Louis. The two-day gathering drew more than 7,000 representatives from SBC-affiliated churches.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 16, 2016