Southern Baptist Convention Presidents

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The President of the Southern Baptist Convention heads the denomination and is elected at the yearly convention. The term is for one year, and a candidate can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, after which he must sit out a year before standing for re-election.

In the early days of the SBC, Presidents could serve more than two terms and frequently did: P.H. Mell served a total of 16 years (over two terms spanning eight years each), the most of any President. Since the advent of the current two year limitation, the custom has been for the President to serve two consecutive terms and not run again after the one-year stand-down period. However, one person has served as President for more than the customary two terms since that time: Adrian Rogers served as President for a single term in 1979-1980 and then again for two consecutive terms in 1987-1988 and 1988-1989.[1]

# President Years in Office State
1 William Bullein Johnson 1845–1851 South Carolina
2 R.B.C. Howell 1851–1859 Virginia and Tennessee
3 Richard Fuller 1859–1863 South Carolina
4 P.H. Mell 1863–1871 Georgia
5 James P. Boyce 1872–1879 South Carolina and Kentucky
6 P.H. Mell 1880–1887 Georgia
7 James P. Boyce 1888 Kentucky
8 Jonathan Haralson 1889–1898 Alabama
9 William J. Northen 1899–1901 Georgia
10 James Philip Eagle 1902–1904 Arkansas
11 E.W. Stephens 1905–1907 Missouri
12 Joshua Levering 1908–1910 Maryland
13 Edwin C. Dargan 1911–1913 Georgia
14 Lansing Burrows 1914–1916 Georgia
15 James Bruton Gambrell 1917–1920 Texas
16 Edgar Young Mullins 1921–1923 Kentucky
17 George W. McDaniel 1924–1926 Virginia
18 George W. Truett 1927–1929 Texas
19 W.J. McGlothin 1930–1932 South Carolina
20 F.F. Brown 1933 Tennessee
21 Monroe E. Dodd 1934–1935 Louisiana
22 John R. Sampey 1936–1938 Kentucky
23 Lee Rutland Scarborough 1939–1940 Texas
24 W.W. Hamilton 1941–1942 Louisiana
25 Pat Neff 1944–1946 Texas
26 Louie D. Newton 1947–1948 Georgia
27 Robert G. Lee 1949–1951 Tennessee
28 J. D. Grey 1952–1953 Louisiana
29 J.W. Storer 1954–1955 Oklahoma
30 C.C. Warren 1956–1957 North Carolina
31 Brooks Hays 1958–1959 Arkansas
32 Ramsey Pollard 1960–1961 Tennessee
33 Herschel H. Hobbs 1962–1963 Oklahoma
34 K. Owen White 1964 Texas
35 W. Wayne Dehoney 1965–1966 Tennessee
36 H. Franklin Paschall 1967–1968 Tennessee
37 W. A. Criswell 1969–1970 Texas
38 Carl Bates 1971–1972 North Carolina
39 Lawrence Owen Cooper 1973–1974 Mississippi
40 Jaroy Weber 1975–1976 Alabama
41 James L. Sullivan 1976–1977 Tennessee
42 Jimmy Allen 1977–1978 Texas
43 Adrian Rogers 1979–1980 Tennessee
44 Bailey Smith 1981–1982 Oklahoma
45 James T. Draper, Jr. 1983–1984 Texas
46 Charles F. Stanley 1985–1986 Georgia
47 Adrian Rogers 1987–1988 Tennessee
48 Jerry Vines 1989–1990 Florida
49 Morris Chapman 1991–1992 Texas
50 Homer Edwin Young 1993–1994 Texas
51 Jim Henry 1995–1996 Florida
52 Tom Elliff 1997–1998 Oklahoma
53 Paige Patterson 1999–2000 Texas
54 James Merritt 2000–2002 Georgia
55 Jack Graham 2002–2004 Texas
56 Bobby Welch 2004-2006 Florida
57 Frank S. Page 2006–2008 South Carolina
58 Johnny M. Hunt 2008–2010 Georgia
59 Bryant Wright 2010–2012 Georgia
60 Fred Luter 2012–2014 Louisiana
61 Ronnie Floyd 2014–2016 Arkansas
62 Steve Gaines 2016–2018 Tennessee
63 J.D. Greear 2018- North Carolina

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  1. ^ The service year overlaps with two calendar years as the Annual Meeting is held in June, and the term starts upon completion of the Annual Meeting.