Seminary Board Strips Paige Patterson of Title and Benefits in Dramatic Turnabout

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Seminary Board Strips Paige Patterson of Title and Benefits in Dramatic Turnabout



Facing fresh evidence of an alleged rape cover-up by its former President Paige Patterson, the board of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary voted to strip Patterson of the title and benefits it had granted him while ushering him out of the seminary’s leadership a week ago.


In a statement posted to its website Wednesday (May 30), the executive committee of the Fort Worth, Texas, school’s board of trustees took away “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.”


Patterson’s swift firing represents the most dramatic turn in the #MeToo movement’s effects on the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States.

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