NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A new milestone is expected this week at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual conference.
Fred Luter, Jr. may become the first African American president of the SBC by week's end. The current Vice President is running unopposed for the top spot.
Many SBC officials say Luter's election would send an important message. They've been dogged by racial issues in the past, most recently when SBC official Richard Land made racially charged comments in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case.
He's since apologized.
The SBC is the nation's largest Protestant denomination and is headquartered in Nashville.