GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Southern Baptists elected a relative
outsider as their president today, turning back a Nashville pastor
and another candidate.
Delegates meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, elected Frank
Page of Taylors, South Carolina, to head the Southern Baptist
Convention for the next year.
The 53-year-old Page received just over 50 percent of the vote.
Pastor Jerry Sutton of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville
was one of the other two candidates. He's currently first vice
president of the group and is aligned with conservatives.
The Southern Baptist Convention is based in Nashville.
Page described himself as a (quote) "normal pastor of a
somewhat normal church."
Page's campaign emphasized the importance of giving to the
Southern Baptists' cooperative program, in which congregations pool
money to fund overseas and domestic missions.
He was supported by younger pastors and others who felt
marginalized by the leadership of older convention leaders.