Video of Fred Luter Jr.'s Emotional Election as SBC President Released

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By Elena Garcia , Christian Post Reporter
July 8, 2012|5:04 pm

In case you missed it, video of the historic election of Fred Luter Jr. as the first African- American president of the Southern Baptist Convention was recently posted on the Annual Meeting's website.

Luter's election was especially significant since the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the nation with over 16 million members, was established 167 years ago in support of slavery and segregation.

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David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, delivered the nominating speech right before Luter was elected with acclamation on Day 1 of SBC's June 19-20 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

"I nominate for the president of our Convention a native New Orleanian who would like be a candidate for sainthood one day if he were a Catholic. A fire-breathing, miracle-working pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor Fred Luter," he told some 8,000 Southern Baptist delegates.

In an emotional acceptance but short acceptance speech, Luter said, "To God be the glory for the things that He has done," as he wiped away tears from his face.

Outgoing SBC president Bryan Wright prayed over Luter, saying, "As we think about our beginnings, as we think about how far we have come, as we think about how you have divinely called Fred Luter for this key moment in history, we just thank you for the privilege of being a part of this day and we thank you for how you are going to use Fred Luter in the days to come."

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Luter's wife Elizabeth who was in the crowd burst into tears when his election was announced.

Luter, who previously served as the Vice President of the Convention, will likely serve two one-year terms as president.

In addition to the video of Luter's election, recordings of the entire 2012 SBC Annual Meeting were also posted last week. To view Luter's historic election, click on video titled "Election of Officers (First) under the Tuesday Afternoon tab in the media player.

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    Fred Luter speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, June 18, 2012. Luter was elected president of SBC on Tuesday, June 19.
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    Fred Luter is announced as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
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    Bryant Wright prays for Fred Luter after his election as the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
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    Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Ave. Baptist Church in New Orleans, speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention's 2012 Pastor Conference, Monday, June 18, 2012.
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    Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Ave. Baptist Church in New Orleans, speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention's 2012 Pastor Conference, Monday, June 18, 2012.
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    Fred Luter speaks at a press conference after being elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention at its Annual Meeting in New Orleans, June 19, 2012.
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    Fred Luter hugs an attendee at the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, June 18, 2012. Luter was elected president of the SBC on June 19.
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    Fred Luter hugs an attendee at the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, June 18, 2012. Luter was elected president of the SBC on June 19.
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  • Fred Luter
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