Grace Baptist Church will welcome Southern Baptist Convention president the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. for a special service at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.
“We have had him scheduled (to visit) for a long time and are excited to have him at the church. We invite the public to come out and hear Mr. Luter speak,” said the Rev. Tim McGehee, senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church.
Luther, the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is the senior pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Luter is senior minister at the church and has been with the congregation since 1986, when it had 65 members. Before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, the congregation had grown to over 7,000 members, making it the largest congregation affiliated with the SBC in Louisiana. Luter led the rebuilding of the membership after the Katrina,and as of his election to the Southern Baptist presidency the congregation had rebuilt to 5,000 members.
According to Luter, his strategy for congregational growth is rooted in his concept “FRANgelism — friends, relatives, associates and neighbors in acts of networking people into the life of the congregation.”
Luter was unanimously elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, in June 2012. He was unanimously re-elected to a second term on June 11, 2013.
The event is free and open to the public. Grace Baptist is located at 1901 Ovoca Road in Tullahoma.