Tennessee pastor sixth to be nominated for SBC president

Dan Spencer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, Tenn., has become the sixth nominee for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Chris Kendall, senior pastor of Oak City Baptist Church in Seymour, Tenn., informed the Baptist and Reflector April 11 of his intention to nominate Spencer, who […]

Pastor, sons use hobby to provide guitars for missionaries

Pastor Greg Gilbreath of Madison Baptist Church has always enjoyed both playing and repairing his own guitars. Two of his sons — Sam and Ben — also enjoy playing the guitar, while his third son, Nic, is a woodworker. Sam Gilbreath is minister of youth and plays in the worship band at Meridian Baptist Church […]

TBMB leader calls for break with Guidepost Solutions

In response to a tweet by Guidepost Solutions supporting the LGBTQ+ community, Southern Baptists should “immediately break ties with Guidepost Solutions,” said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. Guidepost Solutions posted the following statement to its Twitter account on June 6. “Guidepost is committed to strengthening diversity, equity […]

Southern Baptists react swiftly to ‘devastating’ news of SATF Report

Editor’s Note: The Southern Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Task Force released the results of an independent investigation by Guidepost Solutions on Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m. This story contains a synopsis of the results of the nearly 300-page report which can be read in its entirety at sataskforce.net. Southern Baptists are still trying to […]

ERLC leaders accused of ‘blatant deception’

Former Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission President Russell Moore and then-ERLC board chair David Prince committed a “blatant deception” by consciously concealing from ERLC trustees information that was eventually leaked to the press ahead of the 2021 annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting and that was intended to “trigger a polity and trust crisis among SBC […]

God uses dog’s barking to save pastor, family

For the first time in his life, Darrin Crockett is glad God did not answer his prayer. On Monday night, March 2, Crockett and his family went to bed as always. Their dog Doc, however, barked incessantly throughout the night. Crockett remembers asking God “to make that dog quit barking.” God apparently chose not to […]

Tenn. Baptists oppose Critical Race Theory, intersectionality

Tennessee Baptists overwhelmingly adopted a resolution denouncing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and intersectionality during their 145th annual meeting. The resolution defined CRT as “a secular worldview used by some in social sciences to analyze marginalized populations by categorizing differences among peoples, especially race and gender.” The resolution noted that intersectionality “arises from dialogue regarding CRT […]

Letter: Tenn. editor sends congratulations

As a native of South Carolina, I can remember The Baptist Courier coming into our home. I didn’t realize the significance then, but as I grew older and became a journalist myself, I realized the importance of the state paper. God called me into Christian journalism and I worked at both North Greenville College (which […]

After the laughs & giggles, they learn God’s Word

The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church are not unlike countless other teenagers participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring. What sets the Roaring Fork youth apart from other groups is where they practice — one of the bathrooms and showers at Camp Smoky, owned and operated by […]

Tennessee pastor resigns as IMB trustee

A Tennessee Baptist pastor has resigned as a trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board in response to an action taken by IMB leadership last summer. He had another year to serve on his present term. Dean Haun, pastor of First Baptist Church, Morristown, told the Baptist and Reflector his resignation was in response to […]