Texas pastor Bart Barber will serve a second one-year term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention after winning Tuesday’s (June 13) election by a vote of 7,531 (68.38%) to 3,458 (31.40%).
Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church Farmersville, Texas, won the election over Georgia pastor Mike Stone, who also ran for the post in 2021. Sitting SBC presidents traditionally run unopposed for a second term, but Stone allowed himself to be nominated because of his concerns over the SBC’s current trajectory related to finances and sexual abuse reforms.
Prior to the election, Barber said he was running again to continue the initiatives he started in his first term, including the SBC’s response to sexual abuse.
“I’m deeply committed to trying to leave the Convention healthier than it was when I got it,” he said in a May 26 interview on the Baptist21 podcast. “That’s not to dis the convention. It’s just I think every president ought to have that objective, to try to improve a little bit, incrementally at least, the health of the Convention.”
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