Towering Baptist figure wants to lead SBC amid strife, sex abuse crisis

Houston Chronicle

Nov. 2, 2019

By Robert Downen

Rev. Albert Mohler, the longtime president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said Thursday that he’d like to lead the faith group once current president J.D. Greear’s second term ends in June. SBC presidents are term-limited, and are elected each year by thousands of delegates at the faith group’s annual meeting in June.

If elected, Mohler would take the SBC’s helm at a time of increasing divide over race and gender issues, as well as the sex abuse crisis that’s been detailed in an ongoing Houston Chronicle investigation. The investigation, Abuse of Faith, found that hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have been convicted of sex crimes in the last two decades. They had more than 700 victims, most of them children.

The Florida pastor who nominated Mohler, leader the SBC’s flagship seminary since 1993, said he is “the statesman leader we need at this precise moment.”

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