Denominational Leader Would Be Convention's First Woman President

DALLAS (AP) -- A denominational leader who got her start as a church secretary is likely to become the first female president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Longtime mission worker Joy Fenner is in line to be named head of the nation's largest Baptist state convention when it meets in late October. Less than 1 percent of the convention's pastors are female.

The 72-year-old Fenner says she's "a very reluctant candidate." But she says there are some within the convention who say it's time for a woman to be selected.

The convention named her first vice president last year, putting her in position to serve the one-year term as president in 2008.

Her only announced opponent is a West Texas pastor who concedes that he's unlikely to be elected and pledges to support Fenner if she wins.


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