After electing a new president last week in Memphis, members of the National Baptist Convention were praising outgoing president Rev. William Shaw for his leadership and integrity in the wake of the scandal-marred term of Rev. Henry J. Lyons. Afro.com reported from the meeting of the nation's largest association of African-American churches.
"There's no question Dr. Shaw has been a tremendous leader with foresight and insight," said the Rev. Dr. L.B. West, a Washington, D.C. minister, "It's been a wonderful 10 years to see him walk in integrity and live in integrity."Praise also came from President-elect Rev. Julius Scruggs of Huntsville, Ala., who handily defeated Lyons:
"Dr. Shaw has done a phenomenal job leading this convention for 10 years," the minister told the AFRO. "He became president when this convention was in serious trouble, going through perilous waters and he's navigated us through those waters and brought us to where we are."Shaw himself said he is confident that Scruggs will keep the NBC on the right path. Shaw will return to leading his White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
"I go without regret, I go without sorrow, I go without trying to hang on," he said. "[Because] being president is an episode in a journey, but the journey goes on."