'My job is to represent Jesus Christ': 6 things to know about SBC President Ed Litton

6) Ministry informed by pain 

Litton’s first wife of 25 years, Tammy, died in August 2007 in a car accident. They have three children, Josh, Tyler and Kayla.

In 2009, he married Kathy Ferguson, who was married to a Baptist pastor in Denver. Her husband had also died in an accident.

"They had an amazing life and an amazing ministry that spread all over the state of Colorado, and he was killed in a car accident when they were on a family vacation," Litton said. 

"We were about the same age when these things happened in our lives,” he added. “And it alters the course of your life. In many ways, you think your life's going a certain direction when all of a sudden everything seems to change and you're out of control. So we both have a profound sense of pain, suffering in our life that has changed us. And I think it's changed us for the better. 

Litton said he and his wife “love to tell people the story that there is a God who loves us.”

“He doesn’t go distant in the most painful things in life. He actually does the opposite. The Bible says it this way: He draws near to the brokenhearted, and those that are crushed in spirit.”

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