Was David Kent Pierce Listed in The Southern Baptist Convention Guidepost Report?
In August 2009, David Kent Pierce, former minister of music at the FBC in Benton, AR, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual indecency with a child involving three young men. He served two years of a ten-year sentence. He was sentenced to 72 months in prison on two of the charges, 48 months in prison on the other two charges, and additional probation time. He served time in an Arkansas prison and is now a Florida sex offender.
Southern Baptist List Of Names
According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document includes horrifying new specifics concerning certain abuse instances and clarify how denominational officials actively hindered abuse avoidance and change for years.
Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed an extensive and independent 3rd party examination that found that abusers were typically ignored, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by upper-level congregation representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it revealed these leaders often lied to their own members to stop them from being aware of the unchecked sexual misconduct.
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A Story of Disregarded Abuse
For nearly two decades, survivors who were sexually abused sought to get in touch with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention concerning the ministers and congregation workers. Just about all of these disclosed occurrences fell beyond the SOL, making it uncertain how many sexual abusers were really charged.
The report alleges that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the SBC, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as noted SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even encouraged suspected abusers.
One victim detailed being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Board “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”
Responsibility in the Baptist Convention
The document alleges that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse no more than 1 month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering up and even encouraged believed sexual abusers.
He hopes this report will instigate much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.
Mr. Banville is a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling auto accidents, work injuries, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and falls, and representing survivors and victims of sexual abuse. Mr. Banville is affiliated with law firms in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C., and Maryland. Justice Guardians