Delegates to the 2014 Family Faith Fest of the National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc., have elected Lake Charles, La., native Pastor Samuel C. Tolbert Jr. as the 15th president of the convention.
Samuel Tolbert, pastor of the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church of Lake Charles, La., defeated incumbent president Stephen Thurston of Chicago and George Brooks of Nashville, Tenn., in a three-way race, according to a press release.
Tolbert, 55, is former general secretary of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., and since 2005 has led as president the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions State Convention.
He is a graduate of Bishop College in Dallas with a master of divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and is pursuing a D.Min. at the Stephen Olford Center at Union University in Memphis, Tenn.
Elected to a five-year term, Tolbert
will pursue an agenda of renewal, reconciliation and revitalization among active, inactive and former members.
"The Lord has put it on my heart and given me the ability to organize our convention for effectiveness and efficiency as we move forward to serve this present age with purpose and power," Tolbert