BALTIMORE – Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas with campuses in Springdale, Rogers, and Fayetteville, has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Floyd was elected over two other candidates – Dennis Manpoong Kim, pastor of Global Mission Church of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Md., and Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky.
Floyd received 1,834 or 51.62 percent of the votes cast. Kim received 1,446 votes (40.70 percent) while Moore garnered 210 votes (5.91 percent).
Floyd was nominated by Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Mohler noted that Floyd has been a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention for more than three decades. “He is a gifted, visionary pastor drawn by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Mohler said.
Mohler described Floyd as a “unifier and Southern Baptist statesman. When Southern Baptists have needed him for a task, great or small, he has been there to serve and lead,” Mohler said.
Kim was nominated by Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.
He described Kim as a “rare find” among Southern Baptists and noted that if he was elected he would be the first president not from the “traditional South.”
Moore was nominated by Benny Smith, a deacon from his church. Smith described his pastor as the leader of an average Southern Baptist church who is dedicated to serving Jesus Christ.
– Lonnie Wilkey, editor, Baptist and Reflector