Black Southern Baptists try to keep expectations in check for first black SBC president

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (RNS) As the Southern Baptist Convention is poised to elect its first black president, the mostly African-American flock at Colonial Baptist Church is equal parts excited and astonished. “The denomination has come from 180 degrees,'' said Vernon T. Gaskins, 83. “I am quite shocked to see it but I’m glad to see it.'' By Adelle M. Banks.