JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 25, 2012 – Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La., will speak in chapel at Union University Sept. 26.
Luter became the first black SBC president when he was elected to the position in June during the denomination’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
“I, among many, many others, believe that God raised up Fred Luter at this time for leadership in Southern Baptist life and the larger evangelical world,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “Fred Luter has distinguished himself as pastor, preacher, leader and denominational statesman. Above all of these things, Pastor Luter is kind, generous and caring in every context, truly a person of highest integrity.
“What a joy it will be to welcome Dr. Luter to Union University.”
An Associated Press story in 2011 quoted Dockery as the first person who called for Luter’s election as SBC president, which Dockery described as “a historic moment of great significance.”
The chapel service will begin at 10 a.m. in G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel. It is open to the public.
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Friday, March 6, with all classes canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.
Friday's Preview Day has been canceled.
Brewer Dining Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday. The Lex will be closed. No breakfast will be served.