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SBC President – Ed Litton
Ed Litton serves as the 63rd President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Litton was elected on June 15, 2021, at the SBC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Litton has served as senior pastor of Redemption Church (formerly North Mobile Baptist) since July 1994. Prior to coming to Redemption Church, Ed served as a home missionary appointed to work in the evangelism office of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. From there, he and his wife, Tammy, moved to Tucson and founded the Mountain View Baptist Church. Almost seven years after that work had been established, God led Ed to Redemption Church as senior pastor.
Ed holds a B.A. in Religion & Theatre from Grand Canyon University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ed and Tammy have 3 children: Josh, Tyler, and Kayla. Ed was married to Tammy for 25 years when she was killed in an automobile accident August 16, 2007. After a period of God’s grace and healing, Ed married Kathy Ferguson, widow of Pastor Rick Ferguson, who was also killed in an automobile accident.
SBC Executive Committee Interim President & CEO – Willie McLaurin
On Feb. 1, 2022, Willie McLaurin was announced as the interim president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee.
McLaurin joined the Executive Committee staff in December 2019 as the vice president for Great Commission relations and mobilization. Prior to the EC, McLaurin served in executive leadership at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, where he developed strategic relationships for the advancement of the Cooperative Program and invested in the a leadership program for young pastors.
Prior to serving at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, McLaurin was executive pastor at Greater Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., and senior pastor at Greater Hope Baptist Church in Union City, Tenn. He has also served as an interim pastor for eight Southern Baptist churches.
In Baptist life, McLaurin served on the SBC Resolutions Committee in 2018 and as president of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network in 2011-2012. He also was on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention from 2003-2005 and was the inaugural president of the African American Fellowship of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
He is currently a member of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Team and the New Churches Task Force of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
McLaurin is the author “Which Race Are You Running? Keeping Life in Perspective” and “VIP: Very Important Purpose. Discover, Develop and Deploy Your Divine Design for Your Life.”
A native of North Carolina, McLaurin holds a Master of Divinity from the Duke University School of Divinity, a B.S. in biology and sociology, and an honorary doctor of theology degree from Saint Thomas Christian College.
McLaurin is a member of Simeon Baptist Church in Antioch, Tenn. He and his wife Antonia have two daughters, Sierra and SiChanna.