Southern Religion

Transition indeed


Tom Messer, who reportedly helped cover-up the child sex crimes of his church’s founding pastor, is listed as a featured speaker for the Florida Baptist Pastors Conference. Even though his is not an SBC church.

Christa reminds us that Bob Allen wrote for Ethics Daily:

A TV station in Jacksonville, Fla., reports that leaders in a prominent Baptist church in the city knew for years their former pastor was a pedophile, but covered it up for fear public knowledge would harm the church’s ministry, shipping the minister to Germany where he served 10 years as a missionary, possibly with access to other children.

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The Baptist Mission for Forgotten People, where [Dr. Robert] Gray finished his ministry as a missionary, wasn’t told anything about his background for 10 years and did not find out until Gray was arrested, a spokesperson told reporter Jeannie Blaylock.

There was even news of a smoking gun tape recording. Really. Read and decide for yourself what it means. Bear in mind that claims against Gray date to 1949. Excerpts from his police interviews are here.

Messer’s Monday morning session topic: “Transition: Leading the Church to Adapt for Greater Effectiveness.”


First, shouldn’t someone speak to accountability? Also, no discussion of a solution to the overarching problem is contemplated.

Where is Florida going with this?

November 7, 2009 - Posted by | Churches, SBC | , , ,

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