WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president
Johnny Hunt underwent successful cancer surgery Jan. 7 at Northside Hospital in
Atlanta. An update on the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., website said Hunt rested well after the
operation and was expected to be released from the hospital Jan. 8.
return to the doctor for a check-up Jan. 15.
Hunt, 57, announced in November he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He
was elected SBC president in 2008 and re-elected to a customary second term
last year, when he also appointed a 23-member task force to study the
denomination’s efficiency and effectiveness.
A one-time high-school dropout and pool-room manager before
accepting Christ in 1973, Hunt
is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He has led the Woodstock congregation, with 17,600 members the third
largest house of worship in metropolitan Atlanta, since 1986.