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Was Chester Mulligan Listed in the Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Report?

Chester Mulligan, a former pastor at East Chicago’s Central Baptist Church in Indiana, was arrested on two counts of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl between 1997 and 2001. Mulligan pleaded guilty to felony stalking in exchange for the dismissal of two counts of felony sexual misconduct. He was given a year of probation. He most recently served as pastor at Miami’s Grace Baptist Church from 2003 to 2014, when the congregation voted unanimously to appoint a new pastor.

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Southern Baptist List Of Names

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file contains horrifying new details regarding particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively disapproved abuse avoidance and reform for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed an extensive and independent third-party investigation that revealed that abusers were typically neglected, forgotten, or even condemned by upper-level congregation authorities from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. In addition, it showed these leaders often lied to their own members to keep them from being aware of the widespread sexual misbehavior.

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A History of Disregarded Misconduct

For nearly twenty years, victims who were sexually assaulted sought to speak with the administration of the “SBC” about the preachers and congregation staff members. Just about all of these disclosed occurrences fell beyond the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain the number of sexual predators were in fact charged. According to the report, an internal record was kept. Survivors’ cries for fair treatment went overlooked as leaders from churches and organizations tried to protect themselves rather than those who have actually been preyed on by sexual abuse.

The report claims that a senior “SBC” leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just one month after finishing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a well-known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of assaulting a fellow congregant at a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering for and even motivated suspected abusers.

Responsibility in the Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, intimidation, retaliation, and coverup.” He hopes this document will bring much-needed reform and hold those responsible for their horrific actions.

The document asserts that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse no more than 1 month after finishing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative council as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and actually encouraged believed sexual predators.

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