SBC Executive Committee deals with budget woes, leadership challenges

Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee members were hit with another disappointment during the final plenary session of their fall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19. EC Chairman and Louisiana pastor Philip Robertson announced that Dan Summerlin, the recently retired Kentucky pastor who had been announced the day before as a candidate for the role of transitional […]

SBC EC eliminates staff positions

The SBC Executive Committee made staff adjustments on Sept. 13 that eliminated five staff positions and two contractor positions, according to a statement. “Over the past few weeks, our current leadership and officers met at length to determine various ways to most effectively steward the resources provided to us by Southern Baptist churches,” said Jonathan […]

McLaurin resigns as interim EC president, removed from search consideration

Willie McLaurin has stepped down as interim president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee and is no longer considered to be a candidate for that position by the presidential search team. McLaurin confessed to EC Chairman Phillip Robertson and EC Presidential Search Committee Chairman Neal Hughes Aug. 17 that his education credentials were forgeries. […]

EC Chair David Sons speaks to search process past and future

(Updated 5/31/23) Much has changed for David Sons since mid-April. As the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting approaches in June, Sons is now the chairman of the Executive Committee and therefore an ex-officio member of a new search team tasked with finding a candidate to lead the EC. Per EC bylaws, Sons, who was elected vice […]

EC approves Caring Well Sunday for abuse awareness

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee voted Sept. 20 to add a sexual abuse awareness day to be known as Caring Well Sunday to the SBC Calendar of Activities. Approval of the recommendation that the last Sunday in September be set aside for the emphasis was the latest action taken within the convention in an […]

Hunt resigns from NAMB, named in Guidepost report

Longtime pastor and SBC leader Johnny Hunt resigned from his position at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) on May 13, according to a statement from NAMB President Kevin Ezell. Hunt served as the senior vice president of evangelism and leadership since August 2018. He led prominent Southern Baptist church First Baptist in Woodstock, Ga., […]

Vice President resigns from SBC Executive Committee staff

Greg Addison, executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, is stepping down. Addison notified Ronnie Floyd, SBC EC president and CEO, of his intention to step down on Oct. 15, according to an email sent to EC trustees and staff on Oct. 20. Addison filled a new position for the EC when he came […]

Former EC chair Stone sues former ERLC president Moore

In a lawsuit filed Oct. 18, former SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone alleges he has “suffered a tremendous loss in professional cultivation and reputational standing, decreased future earning power … and serious mental and emotional injury in the form of extreme public embarrassment, stress, anxiety, and fear” due to the actions of former Ethics […]

S.C. trustee leads EC members in call for special meeting

Officers of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee are planning for a special called meeting of the members. A letter from 25 EC trustees calling for the meeting was sent to EC Chairman Rolland Slade on Oct. 13. In the letter sent to Slade by EC trustee David Sons, a group of 25 trustees explained […]

Floyd resigns as SBC Executive Committee leader

Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, announced his resignation Thursday night, Oct. 14, in a letter to Southern Baptists released by email. Floyd pointed to the decisions made by trustees in a special called meeting on Oct. 5 as the basis for his decision. “The decisions made on Tuesday afternoon, October […]