J.D. Greear (right) has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
With 68 percent of the vote, the North Carolina pastor easily outdistanced Ken Hemphill (32%) this afternoon at the SBC's annual meeting, taking place in Dallas. Two years ago, Greear had run for the post but stepped aside in a closely contested election. He succeeds Memphis pastor Steve Gaines, who had served two one-year terms.
Dr. Greear leads The Summit Church, which boasts nine campuses and a membership just under 10,000. He holds master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.