Southern Baptist President Fred Luter to Speak at WCU Chapel

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 22, 2013 - Dr. Fred Luter, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will speak at William Carey University’s chapel service on February 27. The service is at 9:20 a.m. in Smith Auditorium and the public is invited to attend.

Rev. Luter was elected as the Southern Baptist Convention’s first African-American vice president in 2011, and he made history again when he became SBC’s first ever African- American president in 2012. In addition to his duties as SBC  president, Luter serves as senior pastor of 7000-member Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (FABC) in his hometown, New Orleans, La. Rev. Luter gave his life to the Lord in 1977 after a serious motorcycle accident made him realize he wanted to go into ministry. Every Saturday at noon he preached to anyone who would listen on the corner of Galvez and Caffin Avenue until he was invited to preach his first church sermon in 1983 at the Law Street Baptist Church. Soon after he was preaching regularly at Greater Liberty Baptist Church.

Rev. Luter began preaching at Franklin Avenue in 1986, and by 1989, he had grown his church from 65 to over 300 members. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the church in 2005, Rev. Luter set up branches of FABC  in Baton Rouge, La., and Houston, Texas, where some of his congregation relocated. For the three years following Katrina, Rev. Luter simultaneously  rebuilt the New Orleans church. In 2008, he joyfully welcomed his members back to their newly built sanctuary.

Rev. Luter and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 32 years and have two children: a son, Chip, and a daughter, Kimberly.