Convicted felon loses bid to regain top Baptist post
National Baptist Convention chooses Julius Scruggs instead
Oct 20, 2009
Despite a highly publicized effort to regain the presidency of the nation’s largest African-American Baptist denomination, disgraced pastor Henry Lyons overwhelmingly lost his election bid last month.
Henry Lyons, a former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, lost 4,108 to 924 to Alabama pastor Julius Scruggs when delegates cast their ballots September 10 at the denomination’s annual meeting in Memphis.
Lyons resigned from the NBCUSA’s presidential post ten years ago after being convicted of swindling more than $5.2 million from organizational partners of the denomination.
Scruggs, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, had served previously as the convention’s vice president at large. The two men, both 67, sought an office that carries a salary of $100,000 a year for a five-year term.