The Rev. Jerry Young is ready to lead Baptists here and across the country as the new president of the National Baptist Convention, USA.
“To all of the fine Christians in Mississippi who haven’t been praying, they better start now,” a laughing Young said, soliciting prayers for his five-year term.
Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, makes history as the first Mississippi pastor chosen for the position. The 134th annual session for the National Baptist Convention took place this week in New Orleans, and Young was elected Thursday night from a field of five candidates nominated for the seat.
Young garnered 3,195 of the 6,400 votes cast. His agenda involves assembling a team to work on the organization’s “infrastructure” to respond to the needs of members through a unified and fresh vision.
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