David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in June, Georgia pastor James Merritt has announced.
“David is a pastor’s pastor, a spiritual statesman, and is universally respected in his state and across our convention,” Merritt, pastor of the Atlanta-area Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, said in a May 17 announcement to Baptist Press.
Merritt said he looks forward “to the leadership he will bring to this important role if it is God’s will for him to be chosen” during the June 9-10 Pastors’ Conference in Birmingham, Ala. Uth currently is the sole nominee to date as president of the conference that precedes each year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
Uth has led First Baptist Orlando since 2005. He is a former president of the Florida Baptist Convention and former International Mission Board trustee chairman.
First Baptist Orlando recorded 1,326 baptisms in 2018; church membership stood at 20,539, with the church reporting an average of 7,800 in morning worship.
“Nearly 25 percent of the church speaks and worships in Spanish or Portuguese,” Merritt said, noting that First Orlando “leads the way in multicultural ministry.”
“The church was lead partner in planting Storyline Fellowship in Denver, Colo., in 2015 and has works flourishing in Madagascar (since 2014) and East Asia (since 2017),” Merritt, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said. “The church has ongoing partnerships and missions activities in Cuba, Burkina Fossa, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti and Jordan.”
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Source: Baptist Press