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Platt to nominate Wright as SBC pres.
Baptist Press
March 23, 2011

Platt to nominate Wright as SBC pres.

Platt to nominate Wright as SBC pres.
Baptist Press
March 23, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia pastor Bryant Wright will be

nominated for a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention

(SBC), Alabama pastor David Platt announced March 11.

Wright, senior pastor of the Atlanta-area Johnson Ferry

Baptist Church in Marietta, will be nominated by David Platt, senior pastor of

The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.

The SBC annual meeting will be June 14-15 in Phoenix.

Platt praised Wright for providing “Kingdom-minded,

Christ-exalting servant leadership” for the Southern Baptist Convention this

past year.

“I have known Bryant for many years and have great respect

for him both personally and pastorally,” Platt said in a statement to Baptist

Press. “Bryant possesses a deep love for the local church he leads and for the

convention of churches of which he is a part. Over this past year as president

of the Southern Baptist Convention, he has graciously and faithfully served

Southern Baptist churches, encouraging us to work together for the advancement

of the gospel in North America and to all nations.

“Bryant pastors a church full of people who are passionate

about spreading the gospel locally and globally,” Platt added. “They are active

in sharing Christ in the Atlanta area, baptizing hundreds of new believers this

last year and ministering to urgent spiritual and physical needs in their

surrounding community. In addition, they are directly involved in ministry to

people in more than 30 different countries around the world. They give

selflessly — during 2010, their total missions giving comprised over $3 million

dollars.”

Wright, a native of the Atlanta area, holds a master of

divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.,

and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of South Carolina. He

earned his M.Div. at Southern

Seminary and was minister to single adults at Second Baptist Church in Houston

before accepting the pastorate of the fledgling Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in

December 1981.

The church has since grown to more than 7,600 members. Wright

and his wife Anne have three children and three grandchildren.

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