Ronnie Floyd resigns from Southern Baptist Steering Committee amid ‘deep disappointment’

Transfer. Ronnie W. FloydPresident and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, announced her He resigned late Thursday amid growing controversy over the sexual abuse investigation.

“Due to my personal integrity and the leadership responsibility entrusted to me, I will no longer be and will no longer be able to fulfill the duties entrusted to me as leader of SBC’s executive, financial and trusteeship,” he said. FloydAt age 65, he wrote in a letter published by an SBC spokesperson.

“In the midst of deep disappointment and discouragement, we must make this decision of our own choosing and willingly, because there is no other decision I can make,” he said. Floyd Additional.

Mr. FloydNine days after the group’s board voted 44-31 to waive attorney-client privilege “as part of an independent third-party investigation” into the executive branch’s handling of sexual abuse allegations, the group left the group, nine days later. according to this Baptist Press report.

At the SBC’s June 2021 annual meeting, delegates voted to create a sexual abuse task force responsible for internal investigation.
On October 11, the law firm Günther, Jordan & Price, which has represented SBC and its board for 44 years, said it would leave both entities as clients, citing the withdrawal of attorney-client privilege.

Waiving this privilege would put years of confidential files at the disposal of the task force and their investigators. Executive Committee members warned that this “could expose SBC to lawsuits and bankruptcy.” according to this Religious News Service report.

While attorneys James P. Guenther and James D. Jordan acknowledged SBC’s right to waive privilege, Executive Committee “This vote fundamentally changed the ever-present understanding of communication between our firm and the company,” he wrote in a letter. Executive Committee or [Southern Baptist] common thought.”

In his resignation letter, Mr. Floyd The lawyer expressed his concerns.

“There was a way to fulfill these desires without creating these potential risks to the Convention’s liability. Unfortunately, even some of us laymen who serve as our trustees have had to submit their resignations as their profession will no longer allow them to serve due to these risks now present. Others will have to do the same.” he Wrote.

Mr. Floyd He added, “This is unacceptable and should concern every Baptist layman. SBC organizations need more, not less, laypersons who bring their professional expertise in law, finance and other disciplines to us.”

Mr. Floyd He was senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas from 1986 to 2019, and previously served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2014 to 2016. he elected president and CEO Executive Committee in 2019.

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