Kentucky Baptists holding annual meeting to elect president

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville Baptist pastor is in the running to become the first African-American president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Kentucky Baptists are holding their annual meeting on Tuesday at a church in Elizabethtown.

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The Rev. Kevin Smith is the teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. He is running against Jerry Tooley, who is director of missions in the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association in Owensboro.

Smith became the first African-American to hold the office of first vice president in 2006.

Baptists meeting at the Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown will select the president in the afternoon, near the end of the daylong meeting.



The Kentucky Baptist group is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which elected its first-ever black president, The Rev. Fred Luter of New Orleans, in 2012.

 

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