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  • SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

    September 13 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s presidential search committee has formed an advisory committee of faculty, staff and students to support them in their work. The committee will assist in two ways, according to a Southwestern news release: “(1) They will gather for several prayer meetings, and (2) they will hold several town hall meetings …

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  • SWBTS announces presidential search team

    August 24 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    SWBTS announces presidential search team

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SWBTS) board of trustees released the list of names on its presidential search team Aug. 24. The 9-member committee will seek a replacement for former president Paige Patterson who was terminated in May.

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  • Patterson forfeits keynote SBC sermon

    June 8 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Patterson forfeits keynote SBC sermon

    Paige Patterson, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who was recently dismissed amid controversy, has decided to step down from giving the keynote sermon June 13 at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. An alternate preacher, Kie Bowman, will give the address in Patterson’s place.

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  • Patterson denies mishandling ‘reported abuse’

    June 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson denies mishandling ‘reported abuse’

    In a letter to the “Southern Baptist Family,” Paige Patterson has defended himself against “accusations that I ever knowingly ignored or failed to follow appropriate protocols in cases of reported abuse of women, students, or staff at any institution where I have served.”

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  • String of statements dispute details of Patterson’s firing

    June 5 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    String of statements dispute details of Patterson’s firing

    The specifics of what led to Paige Patterson’s removal from leadership at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have been scarce, largely due to closed-door trustee meetings and confidential student files, but a recent series of statements by two seminaries and Patterson’s attorney have begun to parse the finer points of the controversial decision.

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  • Woman hushed by Patterson comes forward, tells of 8 more

    June 1 2018 by Seth Brown & Liz Tablazon, Biblical Recorder | with 4 comments
    Woman hushed by Patterson comes forward, tells of 8 more

    Megan Lively, a former student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was encouraged in 2003 by then-president Paige Patterson not to report an alleged sexual assault to police, said several women have contacted her with similar stories about Patterson since she came forward. Lively said she “wanted people to know” because she “felt like there were others.”

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  • SWBTS: Patterson stripped of emeritus title, benefits

    May 30 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    SWBTS: Patterson stripped of emeritus title, benefits

    The executive committee of the board of trustees for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced their decision tonight (May 30) to terminate President Emeritus Paige Patterson after meeting to discuss how he handled allegations of sexual assault against a student while he was president of another school.

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  • SWBTS interim president Bingham ‘humbled’ to serve

    May 25 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SWBTS interim president Bingham ‘humbled’ to serve

    Historical theologian Jeffrey Bingham has accepted the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The position was offered to him May 23 in a 3 a.m. phone call from trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert after trustees named former president Paige Patterson as president emeritus.

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  • Trustees: Patterson move aims for ‘benefit’ of SWBTS

    May 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trustees: Patterson move aims for ‘benefit’ of SWBTS

    The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees say their decision to “move in the direction of new leadership” by making Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately was intended “for the benefit of the future mission of the seminary.” Patterson’s new role will come “with compensation” and was approved by a “majority vote.”

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  • SWBTS trustees transition Patterson to president emeritus

    May 23 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 2 comments
    SWBTS trustees transition Patterson to president emeritus

    UPDATED: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SWBTS) board of trustees convened May 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the school's campus in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss and deliberate controversy that has engulfed SWBTS President Paige Patterson. As the meeting extended into the early morning hours of May 23, more than 12 hours later, the trustees issued a statement on Patterson's retirement and the seminary's future.

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  • Patterson apologizes for comments ‘hurtful to women’

    May 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson apologizes for comments ‘hurtful to women’

    Paige Patterson has apologized for a “failure to be as thoughtful ... as I should have been” in describing domestic violence and the physical attractiveness of women in sermon illustrations. In the ongoing discussion surrounding Patterson’s comments, nearly 230 people have signed an open letter in support of Patterson.

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  • Patterson comments draw women’s responses

    May 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson comments draw women’s responses

    An open letter from Southern Baptist women objecting that Paige Patterson has been “allowed to continue in leadership” despite his statements on sexuality and domestic abuse has garnered nearly 2,500 signatures – with more than 1,800 in its first 24 hours online. Other Southern Baptist women defended Patterson’s character without affirming all his specific comments.

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  • SWBTS announces special May 22 trustee meeting

    May 7 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    SWBTS announces special May 22 trustee meeting

    “In light of recent events,” Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustee chairman has announced the board will hold a special meeting May 22. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. that day on the seminary’s campus in Fort Worth, Texas, according to a statement released by trustee chairman Kevin Uekert.

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  • SWBTS trustees, SBC entity presidents address abuse

    May 3 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SWBTS trustees, SBC entity presidents address abuse

    Amid ongoing discussion of statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on domestic violence, Patterson and the executive committee of the seminary trustees have issued a statement affirming “the importance of protecting victims of abuse.”

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  • Patterson clarifies domestic violence stance

    May 2 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson clarifies domestic violence stance

    Paige Patterson has clarified his view on domestic violence and voiced regret “that the way I expressed that conviction has brought hurt.” Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said, “For the record, I have never been abusive to any woman. I have never counseled or condoned abuse of any kind. …”

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