Southwestern Executive Committee terminates Patterson
May 31st, 2018 / By: Texan Staff / comments
FORT WORTH—Members of the Executive Committee of the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary voted unanimously May 30 to remove all benefits to Paige Patterson, a week after naming him president emeritus. “New information” regarding his handling of a sexual abuse allegation while employed at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary prompted their decision to act immediately.
Patterson loses the title of president emeritus, financial compensation and the opportunity to live at the Baptist Heritage Center as theologian-in-residence.
Released the evening of May 30, the statement reads:
“During the May 30, 2018, Executive Committee meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) Board of Trustees, new information confirmed this morning was presented regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values.
“Deeming the information demanded immediate action and could not be deferred to a regular meeting of the Board, based on the details presented, the Executive Committee unanimously resolved to terminate Dr. Paige Patterson, effective immediately, removing all the benefits, rights and privileges provided by the May 22-23 board meeting, including the title of President Emeritus, the invitation to reside at the Baptist Heritage Center as theologian-in-residence and ongoing compensation.
“Under the leadership of Interim President Dr. Jeffrey Bingham, SWBTS remains committed to its calling to assist the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by biblically educating God-called men and women for ministries that fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God.
“Further, the Seminary stands against all forms of abuse and grieves for individuals wounded by abuse. Today, Dr. Bingham made it clear that SWBTS denounces all abusive behavior, any behavior that enables abuse, any failure to protect the abused and any failure to safeguard those who are vulnerable to abuse. Additionally, Dr. Bingham called for the SWBTS community to join the Body of Christ in praying for healing for all individuals affected by abuse.”