Showing posts from July, 2018

Another fired Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary doing church youth ministry and missions in the SBC

Elliott Freeman According to his bio on the Meridian University staff page ,  Elliott Freeman g raduated from the University of Oklahoma and received his Mdiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary .  He and his wife, Leslie, served as missionaries for 6 years in southeast Asia.  Elliott, Leslie and their 4 children are now members of First Baptist Church Sapulpa Oklahoma. Meridian University is a biblical training school for missions founded by Ralph Speas and Tom Elliff . Meridian University is located on the second floor of First Baptist Church Sapulpa. Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board , first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma, and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastors Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention .

"Let it go": Southern Baptist Mission Organization, IMB, tells child sex abuse victim

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Southern Baptist officials knew of sexual abuse allegations 11 years before leader's arrest I collaborated with Dee Parsons on her new post at The Wartburg Watch about this story. Read more here. BREAKING: The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention knew about sexual abuse allegations about Mark Aderholt nearly 11 years before his arrest. — Sarah Smith (@sarahesmith23) July 13, 2018 Evidenced by social media posts, arrested pastor, former @SCBaptist leader Mark Aderholt, had access to kids in ministry, teaching kids at his church @FBCColumbiaSC according to pastor @PhilipTurner81 . He’s also seen in pic by @FCACentralAR . #sbc18 #metoo #churchtoo @IMB_SBC — Amy Smith (@watchkeep) July 13, 2018 Shouldn’t he be held responsible as well? Isn’t he in charge of the @IMB_SBC ? @plattdavid — Amy Smith (@watchkeep) July 13, 2018

Chris Conlee resigns from Highpoint Church: new statement from Jules Woodson

Read more from Local 24 Memphis  Statement from Jules Woodson: Over the past 6 months, since I originally went public with my story, and through the resignations of the other 3 pastors involved, Steve Bradley of StoneBridge Church has refused to acknowledge or be held accountable for any wrong doing to include his failure to report my assault to law enforcement.   As #ChurchToo stories continue to pop up in headlines nationwide, (i.e. Bill Hybels, Frank Page, Paul Pressler, Mark Aderholt, to name a few,) people are beginning to understand how damaging and traumatizing clergy sexual abuse can be...It is a gross abuse of power that violates victims physically, emotionally and spiritually. However, churches continue to minimize abuse by handling reports internally and with toxic theology that focuses on cheap grace and forgiveness over accountability and justice.   My goals in continuing to speak out are not self motivated for pity or attention but instead, to encourage ot