Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention who founded the First Baptist Church Woodstock, in Woodstock, Georgia.
He studied at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
He was a member of the of the North Carolina-based Lumbee Native American Indian tribe.
He had two daughters with his wife, Janet Allen.
James Merritt, a fellow Georgian, was one of his predecessors as President of the Southern Baptist Convention.