A New Jersey pastor who once worked for American Baptist Churches USA has been chosen as the top executive for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, one of the leading black Baptist denominations.
Walter Parrish III, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey, was elected general secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention at the group’s recent annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
Parrish, 50, will succeed Tyrone Pitts, general secretary of the PNBC since 1989, who is retiring. Parrish will assume the post January 1 but will continue as senior pastor of the Montclair church.
Before moving to the historic African-American congregation, which is dually aligned with the PNBC and the ABCUSA, Parrish worked 12 years for the American Baptists’ Ministers and Missionaries Benefits Board.