National Baptist Elect a New Leader
By Reverend Alvin Love | September 5, 2014
The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc met this week in the city of New Orleans, LA for its 138th Annual Session. Amidst all of the reports about global and home mission, ecumenical relations, faith based initiatives, etc, the main focus of this meeting was the election of a new president.
Five very capable men offered themselves as candidates for the presidency of this august body: the Reverend R.B. Holmes, Rev. Boisie Kimber, Rev. Clifford Jones, Rev. Randy Vaughan and Rev. Jerry Young. Voting took place in the Morial Convention Center from 7:00am until 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 4, 2014. After all of the votes were tabulated, the Reverend Dr. Jerry Young, Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Jackson, MS emerged victorious.
Dr. Young said, "I am humbled by the knowledge that I am now president because God did it!" Dr. Young begins his administration with the goal of re-building the infrastructure and capacity of the convention by putting the right people in place and by matching gifts and skills with the job at hand. "We've got to get the right people on the bus if we are going to get the job done," stated Young. "What happened yesterday is history." "It is time for us to move into the future as one!"