Dr. Jerry Young Elected President of the National Baptist Convention, USA

I am thrilled that Belhaven University board member, Dr. Jerry Young has been elected president of the National Baptist Convention, USA.  This is  the largest African-American denomination in the country.

Dr. Young is a remarkable preacher, with a humble spirit and servant’s heart.  I know God will use his influence in significant ways as he serves in this vital leadership position.

He has served on our board for about 18 years, and has always been responsive to help Belhaven University in the city of Jackson and extending our reach around the country.

Here is the story from the Clarion Ledger

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Dr. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, has been elected the next president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Young makes history as the first Mississippi pastor to serve in this position.

The 134th Annual Session for the National Baptist Convention took place this week in New Orleans, and Young was elected Thursday night from a field of five candidates nominated for the seat. The candidates were Dr. R.B Holmes, Dr. Clifford Jones, Dr. Boise Kimber and Dr. Randy Vaughn. Young won by a landslide 3,195 votes, according to New Hope Baptist Church.

Marcus Cathey, pastor of West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, and his congregation supported Young during his campaign because of proven leadership.

“It’s been my privilege to call Dr. Young my pastor for the past 34 years as I grew up in Jackson as a member of New Hope Baptist Church,” Cathey said in an email. “This election will give the nation an opportunity to see the type of leadership that’s produced here in our state.”

Also attending the convention, Cathey said Young’s immediate tasks will include recruiting a team to help him address questions about the convention’s future work and decline in members.

Each church, district association or state convention entity may be eligible to cast up to five votes for the election for president of the National Baptist Convention. Young succeeds Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., elected president Sept. 10, 2009 during the 129th Annual Session held in Memphis.

Dr. Jerry Young is a native of Scott, Mississippi and has led New Hope Baptist Church since 1980, and is the founder and headmaster of New Hope Christian Pre-School and New Hope Christian Elementary School serving 300-plus students.

Up until Thursday’s vote, Young served as the organization’s vice president at large and also served as president of Mississippi National Baptist Convention for 12 years. The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., is the largest African-American religious organization in the country.

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