family later moved from Christian County to Warren, Mich.His
parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Wallace York
, now live in Princeton.York is a professor of Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of the Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort.
That church has nearly 600 members.
During Tuesday's elections, York
received 686 votes from messengers, or delegates, to 627 for the Rev. Rusty Ellison of Walnut Street Baptist Church, Louisville's oldest Baptist congregation.
The opponents praised each other after the vote and pledged to work together.
Ellison had described himself as a "centrist" who embraces diversity, while York
described himself as a "conservative theologically" and said he
would only appoint committee members who believed in the "inerrancy," or literal truth, of the Bible.
"I believe grass-roots Kentucky Baptists believe the Bible from cover to cover," he
hopes to use the position to reach out to pastors at small churches and pastors who hold more than one job.He
wants to strengthen the relationship between the seminary and the convention's affiliated colleges, which include Georgetown College, Campbellsville University and Cumberland College
said he'd like the convention to draw on seminary faculty members for seminars and speaking engagements and tap seminary students for missions in areas of the state that lack churches.