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
“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
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
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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