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HOUSTON — The Rev. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, was elected Tuesday as the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Luter’s candidacy at the convention’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday was unchallenged.

Before the vote, the Rev. David Crosby of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, who became an ally of Luter after Hurricane Katrina, took the podium. He addressed the packed convention hall and a live online audience in nominating Luter for president. click here to read more