Kentucky Baptists elect first African-American president

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville Baptist pastor has been elected the first African-American president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

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

The Rev. Kevin Smith is the teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. During the afternoon vote, he received 578 of 811 votes cast. Jerry Tooley, director of missions in the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association in Owensboro, received 233 votes.

The gathering at the Severns Valley Baptist Church erupted in cheers when Smith was announced as president.

Smith was also the convention’s first African-American to hold the office of first vice president, in 2006.

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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