Ronnie Floyd being recommended as SBC Executive Committee president

Ronnie Floyd being recommended as SBC Executive Committee president

Arkansas pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd will be recommended for the presidency of the SBC Executive Committee, the EC’s presidential search committee announced today (March 31).

The full EC will consider Floyd’s nomination Tuesday, April 2, at a special called meeting in Dallas to begin at 11 a.m. Central at the Grand Hyatt at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. A press conference and then a Facebook Live session at will follow the EC meeting, which may end by approximately 3 p.m.

Senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, Floyd’s SBC service has included two years as convention president, two years as EC chairman and a term as SBC Pastors Conference president.

Cross Church has given nearly $11.5 million through the Cooperative Program during Floyd’s pastoral tenure, according to data from the SBC’s Annual Church Profile. CP is Southern Baptists’ unified method of funding missions and ministries in North America and throughout the world.

In 2017, Floyd was appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a role in which he has overseen the annual National Day of Prayer emphasis in May.

As SBC president from 2014 to 2016, hallmarks of Floyd’s leadership were emphases on prayer, spiritual awakening and racial reconciliation. At each of the two SBC annual meetings at which Floyd presided, an entire evening session was devoted to prayer for spiritual awakening in America.

Floyd, 63, served in SBC leadership roles during at least two previous notable junctures in the convention’s history.

He was chairman of the EC trustees from 1995 to 1997, when the SBC adopted the Covenant for a New Century restructuring plan that reduced the number of convention entities from 19 to 12.

Fifteen years later, he chaired the SBC’s Great Commission Task Force, which presented a series of recommendations affirmed by messengers in 2010 and aimed at increasing the convention’s evangelistic effectiveness.

He served as general editor of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Bible Studies for Life curriculum from 2013 to 2017 and has authored more than 20 books, including “How to Pray,” now in a 20th anniversary edition. He is online at

Floyd holds both master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and an undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

He and his wife Jeana of 42 years have two sons and seven grandchildren.

If elected, Floyd would be the EC’s seventh chief executive. (BP)