Alabama pastor to nominate Jerry Sutton for SBC president

MONTGOMERY, Ala.?Rick Evans, pastor of Dalraida Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., has stated his intent to nominate Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the denomination’s June 13-14 meeting in Greensboro, N.C., the Southern Baptist Texan learned June 7.

“Jerry Sutton is an example to us all. He is a consistent leader and a convictional conservative,” Evans said in an interview with the Texan. “In times of uncertainty, we need a man with a proven track record. Jerry has not sought the position and has made no effort to attain it. He also knows the history of the SBC, especially the recent history of the convention,” he added, referring to “The Baptist Reformation,” Sutton’s history of the SBC Conservative Resurgence between 1979 and 1995.

Tennessee pastor Jerry Sutton confirmed June 6 he would allow his name to be placed in nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at its June 13-14 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

Sutton joins two other pastors?Ronnie Floyd of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Frank Page of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C.?who will be nominated for the post.

“For the last month I have been receiving calls from people throughout the convention who say they are not completely at peace over the upcoming presidential election,” Sutton said. “I kept putting them off. I prayed all night Sunday night into Monday, asking the Lord for guidance and He told me I’m supposed to run.”

Sutton said he believes he can strengthen the bonds that hold Southern Baptists together.

“I can relate to a lot of different segments of the SBC. Right now there is a lot of confusion, and I think I can help bring clarity.”

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