Charlotte pastor elected next president of Southern Baptist Convention

CHARLOTTE — A senior pastor from a popular church in Charlotte will be the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

SBC voters in Indianapolis picked Clint Pressley to be the next president of their convention in a runoff race on Wednesday. He won 56% of the final vote.

Pressley is a senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. He’s a native of Charlotte and grew up going to Hickory Grove as a teenager, according to the church.

This isn’t Pressley’s first leadership role in the SBC. He previously served as vice president in 2014-2015. He’s also been a member of the North Carolina Baptist Board of Directors since 2023.

Pressley has said he supports a measure to amend the SBC constitution to ban churches with women pastors. Just before noon Wednesday, the SBC voted to not formally ban churches with women pastors.

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