Southern Baptist Convention en Rev. Fred Luter Becomes First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention <p>The Southern Baptist Convention will be under the leadership of its first African-American president. The country&rsquo;s largest Protestant denomination is hoping to diminish its troubling racist past.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 14133 at Southern Baptists' Historic Presidential Vote Near <div><p>The nation&#39;s largest Protestant denomination is set to take its biggest step yet toward resolving its troubled racial past.</p><p>On Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention plans to vote on whether to elect an African-American president for the first time in the denomination&#39;s 167-year history. The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is so-far unopposed for the position.</p><p>Seventeen years ago, Luter was one of the authors of an SBC resolution that apologized to African-Americans for perpetuating racism and resolved to strive for racial reconciliation.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:09:04 +0000 The Associated Press 14095 at New Orleans Pastor Set To Be First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention <p>The pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church is poised this week to become the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention.&nbsp;His career as a church pastor was not something he imagined as a child. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 13937 at