Cross Church Pastor Ronnie Floyd accepts the position as the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) president on Tuesday, April 2.
“We asked the Lord for a declarative showing … Based on your call, I will be, this coming Sunday, resigning from’ Cross Church ‘and immediately taking the role of president-elect’ of the EC,” Floyd said in a statement that the Baptist Press tweeted.
The full executive committee — a panel of seven — held a special meeting in Dallas at 11 a.m. The committee made the announcement about their decision to have Floyd serve as seventh chief executive later in the afternoon. The vote was 68-1.
“Ronnie Floyd is a trusted voice of experienced leadership,” said Executive Committee chairman Mike Stone in a Baptist Press publication on March 31st, prior to the decision.
Floyd has 33 years of experience at Cross Church, according to the church.
In 2014-2016 he served as SBC president where his leadership focus was on prayer, spiritual awakening and racial reconciliation, according to the Baptist Press website.
It was during his tenure as SBC president, in 2016, when a resolution renouncing display of the Confederate flag was made.
Floyd, 63, and his wife Jeana have been married for 42 years, have two sons, and seven grandchildren.
Below is a word from newly elected EC Ronnie Floyd, courtesy of the Baptist Press.