BALTIMORE, Md. (SWBTS) – Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, was elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) during the annual meeting, June 10.

In a press conference following his election, Floyd explained his desire to craft a “clear definable vision” for the convention. Central to this vision is an acceleration of Great Commission advance and a reprioritizing of “extraordinary prayer” across the convention.

“I am firmly convinced that we are very committed to our path, which is the completion of the Great Commission, but we must accelerate our pace of completing the Great Commission,” Floyd said.

Likewise, Floyd said the greatest need in the convention and in the United States is another great awakening.

“Just as Jonathan Edwards called for years ago before the first Great Awakening, it’s time for us to come together, it’s time for us to have visible union, and it’s time for us come together in extraordinary prayer.”

 “We can bemoan where we are, … [but] it’s time to pray,” Floyd said.

As a way to cast and focus his vision in the coming months, Floyd will write about SBC-related issues every Monday morning on his blog in addition to creating a “web-based experience” to dialogue with Southern Baptists.

Floyd concluded his press conference with what he called a “Call to Columbus,” where he urged Southern Baptists to join him in Columbus, Ohio, for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in June 2015. Over the next year, Floyd said, he is committed to working with SBC leadership “to try our very best to spend as much time together practicing extraordinary prayer for the next great awakening at next year’s convention.”

Over the past year, Floyd was a key organizer for two large gatherings in Dallas and Atlanta for pastors to pray for revival and awakening in America.

Influential as a leader in the convention, Floyd has served as president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference, chairman of the board of trustees of the SBC Executive Committee, and chairman of the 2009-10 Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, as well as other areas.

Floyd earned his Master of Divinity in 1980 and his Doctor of Ministry in 1983 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Southwestern honored him with a distinguished alumnus award in 2004.

Floyd served as general editor for the updated and enhanced version of Bible Studies for Life, LifeWay's most popular Bible study curriculum series, released last fall. He has also authored 10 books, including Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission and The Power of Prayer and Fasting.