Reverend Stephen John Thurston was elected the 14th President of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. on September 4, 2003. He served as the 3rd Vice-President of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. (NBCA) from 1989 until 2003. Under the stewardship of President E. Edward Jones, Rev. Thurston was elected the youngest (age 37) 3rd Vice-President in the history of the Convention. Prior to serving as 3rd Vice-President, he served for three years as Corresponding Secretary of the NBCA, Inc. In January 2005, he, along with the other Presidents gave leadership to the 1st Joint Winter Board Meeting of the National Baptist Conventions. In January 2008 they convened for their 2nd Joint Winter Board Meeting along with the New Baptist Covenant.