Kelly King to assist SBTC churches in accessing sexual abuse awareness training
March 6th, 2019 / By: Texan Staff / comments
Grapevine—Kelly King, an experienced children’s minister and teacher, will serve as a consultant for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention assigned to help the convention’s churches access training and resources to promote sexual abuse awareness. King will be liaison for the convention’s relationship with MinistrySafe, a company that trains ministry and corporate leaders in sexual abuse awareness.
She has worked with churches in Riverside, California, Colleyville, Fort Worth and Columbia, South Carolina in children’s ministry. She has also taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary. She holds degrees from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (PhD in childhood education).
King began her work with SBTC on March 5. Mark Yoakum, director of church ministries for the convention said of King, “Kelly King brings knowledge both practically and academically to help the SBTC provide sexual abuse awareness training for churches in Texas. Her presence says that the SBTC is very concerned with this problem and willing to take action to help churches avoid problems with sexual abuse.”
The convention announced February 25 an initiative with MinistrySafe aimed at providing convention-funded training for as many as five members from as many as 1,000 SBTC churches. The convention has worked with MinistrySafe since 2009 and has seen hundreds of church leaders trained already. SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards also announced that the convention would plan five regional training events for church leaders during 2019 and engage a consultant to help churches train their leaders.