Atlanta-area pastor Johnny Hunt has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, returning control of the 16-million-member denomination to its fundamentalist establishment.
On June 10, the opening day of the 2008 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia, received 52.94 percent on the first ballot, beating out five contenders—a record number of candidates.
In remarks after his election, Hunt said, “I hope to unite our hearts around the things that we believe that Christ is most committed to.” Hunt said he hopes to represent that view of Southern Baptists to the broader public as well. He lamented that, in their support for conservative issues in the “culture war,” Southern Baptists “oftentimes . . . come across as only what we’re against.”