Simpson College is proud to announce that the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., the first African-American to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will receive the 2013 Carver Medal.
The award, one of the most prestigious awarded by the college, is named in honor of George Washington Carver, who began his education at Simpson College and credited the college for his future success.
Luter will receive the medal at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Smith Chapel on the Simpson campus, at which time he also will deliver the annual Carver Legacy Lecture, which dates back to 1975. Previous lecturers have included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Clarence Page and the Iowa Tuskegee Airmen.
“We are thrilled to recognize Pastor Luter and his many accomplishments,” said Simpson President John W. Byrd. “The legacy of George Washington Carver is something we cherish and celebrate at Simpson College, and I am looking forward to hearing his talk.”
In June 2012, the Rev. Luter was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has 16 million members in 45,000 churches throughout the United States.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina damaged the church and destroyed Luter’s home, and displaced many members of his congregation. Four months later, he was holding worship services in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston to reach the scattered congregation.
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church was repaired and services restored in 2008. The Rev. Luter has preached at various events across the country. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for more than 25 years. They have two children.