What a pleasant surprise. First ballot and Brother Johnny Hunt walked out of the election process as President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Everyone knows that I endorsed Brother Frank Cox and that was something that I felt led to do and I kept my word. I knew that either Brother Johnny or Brother Frank would make an excellent president. I beilieve that Brother Johnny is the man for the postion as the convention as spoken. I believe he will do a tremendous job for three reasons.
First, Brother Johnny did not come from Baptist Blue blood. He has been used by God tremendously and, let’s face it, he does not need the SBC. Brother Johnny was elected on the first ballot by a 52% of 5800 ballots. That is the number of people he preaches to every Sunday AM. He has a heart to the SBC not become some elititst status. I believe that he will do all that he can to keep us focused on the lost.
Second, Brother Johnny mentores many younger pastors and promotes healing for hurting pastors. In a convention that has been diagnosed as too gray haired, he will be a fresh voice. He reaches out to younger pastors and has mentored many through his Timothy/Barnabas schools. He is known across the convention as the mentor of younger pastors. He also helps those that stumble along the way with his City of Refuge ministry. God has used him to put that ministry together and he also has done much to encourage pastors that are hurting in their ministry. I can personally tell you that he has always returned my phone calls. I have never called his office and left a message that he did not call me and take time to hear me ask questions.
Third, Brother Johnny has pastored churches in various stages in his ministry. He has a humble attitude about himself. As I came walking through the convention hall, he stopped speaking to about three people to call to me and greet me with a warm handshake and hug. Brother Johnny remembers you when he meets you.
This convention seems to be shaping up to be one that is a convention of unity. This unity is seen in the first ballot win of Brother Johnny Hunt. I praise God for this direction and look forward to what the next two years hold.