October 30, 2007
First woman to lead Texas Baptist group
A former missionary to Japan narrowly defeats a West Texas pastor.
The largest state Baptist convention in the nation elected its first female president yesterday, the Associated Press reports.
Joy Fenner, a former missionary to Japan, narrowly defeated Texas pastor David Lowrie, 900 to840. The Dallas Morning News reports that Fenner's will begin her presidency in a time of trouble for the BGCT, including a budget shortfall, layoffs and a scandal involving church starting funds.
Fenner is not the only "first" for the convention. The AP reports that the convention elected its first Hispanic president in 2004 and its first black president in 2005.