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Southern Baptists re-elect first black president

3 years 11 months 1 week ago June 11, 2013 Jun 11, 2013 Tuesday, June 11 2013 June 11, 2013 4:13 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

HOUSTON - The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr of New Orleans.

Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation's largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional white Southern base.

The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention claims 16 million members, but recently announced that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year.

Luter was re-elected on Tuesday during the convention's annual meeting in Houston. He was unopposed and received a standing ovation.

Southern Baptist presidents can serve a maximum of two one-year terms.

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