southern baptists en Southern Baptists Elect First Black President <p>The Southern Baptist Convention has elected Fred Luter as its new president, making Luter the first African-American to lead the 167-year-old denomination.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was elected president of the nation&#39;s largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday at its annual meeting. He is the pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.</p><p>The historic move comes as the denomination tries to expand its appeal beyond its traditional white Southern base. Membership and baptisms have been generally declining in recent years.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:37:24 +0000 Gabe Bullard 711 at