The Southern Baptist Convention’s new president, J.D. Greear, has been vocal about diversifying church leadership. Before assuming the position in June, Greear wrote the following:
“The SBC was forged on the wrong side of the racial question and at far too many key points in our history, our leaders have been either (at best) slow to adopt or (at worst) resistant to needed cultural changes. Some of our leaders even presented ‘biblical’ defenses of slavery and segregation.”
That recognition may be trickling down to Oklahoma, where local SBC leaders recently held the first-ever African American rallies in Oklahoma, flying in California pastor A.B. Vines to preach about overcoming racial divisions stemming from the church’s pro-slavery roots.