Litton to address University of Mobile graduates


MOBILE, Ala. (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton, senior pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., will deliver the commencement address at the University of Mobile on Saturday at 10 a.m.

More than 300 graduates will be awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in an outdoor ceremony.

Litton was born in Kingsport, Tenn. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He served as a home missionary appointed to work in the evangelism office of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. From there, he and his wife, Tammy, moved to Tucson and founded Mountain View Baptist Church. In 1994, almost seven years after that work had been established, God led Dr. Litton to First Baptist North Mobile, now Redemption Church.

In 2007, Litton and his family, as well as the entire church family, suffered a devastating loss when Tammy was killed in an automobile accident. Several years later, Litton married Kathy Ferguson, a pastor’s wife who had lost her spouse in a similar accident. Kathy now serves as director of planter spouse development at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The couple each has three children from their first marriages.

Today, Redemption is one church in two locations in north and west Mobile. Redemption has helped plant churches in New York City; Cleveland, Denver, Tucson, Leesburg, Va., San Juan, Puerto Rico, northern Virginia and Las Vegas and is looking to plant more Gospel-believing churches in North America.

For graduation details and to watch a livestream of the ceremony, go to In case of inclement weather, the graduation venue is Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road. Weather updates will be made on official University of Mobile social media accounts and on

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university with a vision of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose,” founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions in an environment where they are known.