Published November 10, 2015
Elizabethtown—Kevin Smith, teaching pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, made history again Nov. 10 by becoming the first African-American to be elected as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Smith, who was the first African-American to serve as first vice president of the KBC in 2006, defeated Jerry Tooley, director of missions for Daviess-McLean Association, who was first vice president this past year.
The vote was 578 to 233, with Smith capturing 71.3 percent of votes, compared to Tooley's 28.7 percent.
Smith was nominated by Lincoln Bingham, senior pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church at Shively Heights in Louisville.