(RNS) — There are seven more months before the next annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

But the race for SBC president may already be over, following news that R. Albert Mohler Jr. will likely be nominated to run as the denomination’s next president.

H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, a predominantly African American congregation, announced last week that he planned to nominate Mohler. 

“We need the zeal to mobilize our resources to spread the gospel,” Charles said in making his announcement on Twitter. “We must do so together. I believe @albertmohler is the man to lead us forward in that unity.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in Nov. 2018. RNS photo

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