Pastor Fred Luter, Jr.
Pastor
Fred Luter, Jr.
, the first African American President of the Southern Baptist Convention,
is the
Senior Pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Chu
rch in New Orleans, Louisiana
.
Fred
Luter
, Jr.
began his ministerial journey
on
what he refers to as
his “
Damascus
Road
Experience.
I
n 1977
,
a motorcycle accident seriously injured his body but
ultimately
saved his soul.
As a result of
the accident, he made a conscious decision to surrender his life
entirely
to Christ. Every Saturday, on
the
street
corner of Galvez and Caffin Avenue
in the Lower Ninth Ward,
Luter would preach the
gospel to all who wanted to hear
.
In 1983,
God elevated
Luter and equipped him to preach
his first sermon at
the
Law Street Bapt
ist Church in New Orleans,
Louisiana.
Years later, while preaching
at the
Greater Liberty Baptist Church
, Luter
learned of the opening at Franklin
Avenue
Baptist Church and applied for the
pastoral
position
.
In
September of 1986,
the small but faithful
65 members of
Franklin Avenue
Baptist Church
elected
Fred Luter, Jr.
as their
pastor. This young street preacher from the Lower Ninth Ward was humbled and honored to serve this churc
h as his first
pastorate. T
his first time pastor committed himself to enco
urage the people by preaching, teaching, and living the Word
of God
.
Dedicated to
saving the family
,
Pastor Luter purposely sought
unique ways to draw men to the church. His belief
has always been that
if you save the man, the man would save his family.
The blessings in the next fe
w years were truly
the hand and
grace of God
upon his life
.
By 1989, Pastor
Luter had grown FABC to over 300 members.
By 1994, the church could no longer accommodate the
crowd in their current building and
Pastor
Luter challeng
ed his congregation to increase their tithes and offerings to
build
a larger sanctuary
. In March of 1997, God rewar
ded their faithfulness and Pastor
Luter moved his
growing
membership
into a 2,500 seat sanctuary. By 2005,
prior to Hurricane Katrina,
Past
or
Lu
ter grew
FABC
to over
7
,000 members.
Currently
,
FABC is still growing and Pastor
Luter has a vision to build a 4,500 seat
sanctuary through its Capital Campaign
“Committed to Changing More Lives
.
Pastor
Luter says
Franklin Avenue’
s mission statement
is simple
: To spiritually impact our families, neighborhoods, city and
state by
E
xalting the Savior,
E
quipping the saints and
E
vangelizing the sinners
.
Pastor
Luter’s strategy for
cong
regational
growth
is embedded in his concept
he calls
“FRANgelism”
the
acronym
“FRAN” standing for friends, relatives, associates,
and neighbors
where he encourages his congregation
to invite one of them t
o come to church with you.
Pastor
Luter’s passion for the people of God, commitment to his family and his love for God’s word le
d him to be
unanimously elected
as President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest prote
sta
nt organization in America, in
June 2012.
Many have referred to him as a man after God’s own heart that is k
nown for his humil
ity and powerful, lively
preaching style. O
ne of Pastor
Luter’s famous sayings
at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
is “It
’s Not Ab
out the Pastor,
It
’s
All
About the Master” and that saying he has taken with him to the SBC. When
asked to say a few words after being
elected
, his response was
simply
“To God Be the Glory for the Things He Has Done.”
Pastor
Fred Luter, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 11, 1956.
He has been married to his “Prime R
ib”
Elizabeth Luter for 32 years. They are the proud parents of one
daughter Kimberly Luter,
one son Fred “Chip” Luter, III,
daughter
in
law
Jasm
ine Luter and grandparents of
one grandson, Fred Luter, IV.

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Notes

  1. “Meet our pastor”. FABC: Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  2. Nolan, Bruce (2012-06-17). “Spirit of change: An influential local preacher is set to become the first black leader of the Southern Baptist Convention”. Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). pp. A1, A10. Retrieved 2012-06-18. Cf. Sherman, Dayne (2012-06-24). “Southern Baptist Convention in black, white”. Sunday Star (Hammond, Louisiana). pp. 4A, 5A. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  3. Oller, Travis (2012-06-13). “Rev. Fred Luter Jr. to be Southern Baptists first black president”. Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  4. Jervis, Rick; Grossman, Cathy Lynn (2012-06-19). “Pastor to become first black leader of Southern Baptists”. USA Today. Retrieved 2012-06-20. (Akin’s seminary is the one in Wake Forest, North Carolina). Cf. Land, Richard (2012-06-21). “Meaning of Fred Luter’s presidency to Southern Baptists”. Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  5. Davis, Jamie (2012-06-22). “Historic moment: Local pastors attend SBC annual meeting”. Daily Star (Hammond, Louisiana). pp. 1A, 2A. Retrieved 2012-06-22. The election of Luter and the decision to provide an alternative name were taken as signs that SBC desired to move away from a past associated with slavery and racial segregation. As stated by president Ed Stetzer of SBC’s LifeWay Research: “Many Southern Baptists were on the wrong side of the hoses in Birmingham“Southern Baptists face tough decisions”. Lubbock Avalanche Journal. 2012-06-19. p. A1. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  6. Jones, Jim (2012-06-19). “Southern Baptists elect first African-American president”. Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas). Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  7. Kwon, Lillian (2012-06-20). “Outgoing SBC Head Calls on Southern Baptists to Repent of Theological Idolatry”. Christian Post (United States Edition). Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  8. Hunter, Mark H. (2013-08-10). “Racial harmony punctuates plans of Southern Baptist Convention head”. Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). p. 3D. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  9. Eckholm, Erik (2012-06-17). “Southern Baptists set for a notable first”. New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  10. DeBerry, Jarvis (2012-06-19). “With Luter, Baptists show new side”. Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition) (New Orleans). p. B5.
  11. Editorial Page Staff (2012-06-21). “A Southern Baptist first”. Times-Picayune (Metro Edition )). p. B6. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  12. Acts 9:1–18; Acts 22:3-16.
  13. Loller, Travis (2012-06-16). “Southern Baptists set to elect first black president: Organization that formerly supported segregation makes way for diversity”. Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2012-06-20. On the 1981 Leonard-Hearns boxing match, see Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns.
  14. Hayes, Ashley (2012-06-20). “New Southern Baptist leader: Former street preacher, Katrina survivor”. CNN. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  15. Peoplefinders information on Fred Luter, (accessed 2012-06-20). For photograph see Herbert, Gerald (2012-06-20). “Elizabeth Luter, wife of Fred Luter”. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  16. Pope, John (2012-06-20). “Southern Baptists elect denomination’s first African-American leader”. Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). pp. A1, A4. Retrieved 2012-06-20. Number of children appears on p. A4.
  17. Peoplefinders info on Kimberly Ann Luter (accessed 2012-06-25) locates her in Bessemer, Alabama as well as New Orleans.
  18. Hennessy-Fiske, Molly (2012-06-01). “Black pastor reaches across the Southern Baptist divide”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  19. “Elizabeth Luter talks about Jonah at ministers’ wives luncheon”. Florida Baptist Witness. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
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