KY Baptists Elect First African American Officer

A Kentucky man is making history this week.

Louisville's Kevin Smith is the first African American ever elected to the post of first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, which wrapped up in Bowling Green on Nov. 15, 2006.

Smith is the pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He was elected first vice president with a vote of 423 to 208.
Campbellsville, Ky., pastor Skip Alexander was also nominated.

The pastor of a church in Corbin, Ky., Darren Gaddis of Central Baptist Church, was elected the president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Gaddis defeated opponent Steve Ayers of Hillvue Heights Baptist Church here in Bowling Green by a 2 to 1 margin.

Gaddis said he plans to use his presidency to promote Kentucky Baptist Connect, a program designed to help churches become more Evangelical.