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Since the Southern Baptist Convention was constituted in 1845, SBC presidents have led the Convention through many difficult times in the country’s and Convention’s history. The men elected to this office have been pastors, denominational workers, laymen, educational institution heads, and political leaders. Although the president’s official duties have not changed much since 1845, each presidential term has been shaped by current events and the president’s personality and vision.
Prior to 1932, each SBC president was elected at the beginning of the annual meeting and would preside immediately. The 1932 SBC annual meeting would be the last time a president would preside the year of his election. This same meeting also introduced the election of the president who would preside over the following year’s annual meeting, which is still the practice toda...