State Baptists elect American Indian as president

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (AP) 11-08

For the first time in its history, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma has elected an American Indian as its president.

Emerson Falls, the pastor of Glorieta Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, was elected to the top office Nov. 11 during the convention’s 102nd annual meeting, held at The Church at BattleCreek.

Falls is of the Sac and Fox and Choctaw tribes and also serves as the president of the Fellowship of Native American Christians.

Convention delegates also chose Aaron Summers, the pastor of Perry First Baptist Church, as vice president and Blake Gideon, the pastor of Idabel First Baptist Church, as second vice president.

The Baptist state convention has more than 1,700 churches with about 750,000 members, making it the largest religious denomination in Oklahoma.