The resignation of Pastor Xavier Thompson from the presidency of the storied Baptist Minister’s Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California this past May after five years as the group’s youngest ever leader, opened wide the door for new leadership in January and a race for who will lead the group that has shifted into high gear.
Among the candidates to lead the more than 100-year old group—whose membership includes over 200 L.A. county area pastors—are K.W. Tulloss (The Historical Weller Street Baptist Church) and Marvis Davis (New Bethel Baptist Church in Venice), a former president of the conference.
“I’m running for the position of president because I want to re-establish our Baptist clergy as the force it is,” said Tulloss. “Historically, Los Angeles has been a Baptist stronghold. I have an agenda centered around re-establishing the commitment of our Baptist clergy around many of the key issues our community is facing such as homelessness, affordable housing, jobs and political representation. My desire is bring more cohesion to the church community and to coalesce our combined power to impact meaningful change for our parishioners and residents.
“Many of the city’s top clergy leaders are members of this conference. It is a power to be reckoned with.”
Pastor Marvis Davis can sum up what he will strive for in leadership into one word: “Unity.”
“I’m honored to be considered,” Davis said. “I have the experience. I have the capability and I’m available. My prayer is to continue the legacy of our 100-plus year old organization. I joined in 1975 and have been consistent in my membership since, continuing to serve in any capacity that I am asked. The main thing is that I want to give back to this organization that has invested in me for 43 years.”
The election is set to take place on January 7 at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church with interim president, Pastor L.A. Kessee, presiding.