Trustee glad Hammond spared NAMB embarrassment
    August 12 2009 by Steve DeVane, BR Managing Editor

    North Carolina Baptists serving as trustees for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) had little to say about the resignation of NAMB president Geoff Hammond and three of his associates.

    Hammond, who had led NAMB since March 2007, and the three staff members resigned Aug. 11 after trustees met all day in closed session. The others who resigned were Dennis Culbreth, senior assistant to the president; Steve Reid, senior associate to the president for strategy development; and Brandon Pickett, communications team leader.

    Todd W. Garren, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Lincolnton, came on the NAMB board in 2006. He said he was appreciative that Hammond “saw the handwriting on the wall” and spared NAMB any further embarrassment.

    “It was a tough situation with no good ending,” Garren said.

    He said Hammond is a missionary at heart with a wonderful spirit.

    “In that regard he served NAMB well and served the kingdom well,” he said.

    Bruce L. Franklin, a layman and member of New Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Henderson, is starting his second year as a NAMB trustee. He said he thinks the board’s process “worked exactly as it should have.”

    “It was a long meeting, but ultimately God’s will was done,” he said.

    Franklin said the board is moving forward.

    “We want to be focused on the real objective that is reaching this continent for Christ,” he said. “One of the things we want to do is reassure our Southern Baptist churches that we believe we’re on track.”

    8/12/2009 8:48:00 AM by Steve DeVane, BR Managing Editor | with 9 comments




Comments
Brent Hobbs
Well, Les, I am counting on them. Because if they don't help fix a badly broken machine, the confidence and loyalty of the next generation of SBC ministers may be irreparably damaged.
8/14/2009 11:52:05 AM

Les Puryear
I meant "their" not "they're." :)

Les
8/13/2009 7:49:44 PM

Les Puryear
I wouldn't count on the GCR Task Force to bring transparency to the SBC. They're meetings are held in secret.

Les
8/13/2009 7:48:58 PM

Norman
Does anyone know how much NAMB sold FamilyNet for to Charles Stanley's ministry? FamilyNet was the last remaining vestage of the Radio and Television Commission. No you don't, because that, too, is a secret.
8/12/2009 7:29:56 PM

Stephen E Loftis
Will the GCR add transparency? Or will it be more of the same secrecy? I fear the latter more than the former.
8/12/2009 5:45:58 PM

Artist28174
Thanks, but no.
8/12/2009 5:14:57 PM

Brent Hobbs
Thanks to Artist for his usual gracious and helpful comment.

There's some serious work to be done to reassure anyone NAMB is on the right track. This whole situation stinks. The closed-door meetings and secrecy need to stop. I hope the GCR Task Force will bring some recommendations dealing with transparency in operations for our agencies. The EC with Clark Logan and now NAMB with this situation are incredibly frustrating.
8/12/2009 4:15:31 PM

David Roberts
Artist28174 - why don't you tell us why? And maybe you have a real name and location?
8/12/2009 4:01:28 PM

Artist28174
Southern Baptists have been blathering about "reaching this continent for Christ" since 1845. They never have, haven't even come close. Wonder why?
8/12/2009 3:51:33 PM

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