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Was Erbey Valdez Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Erbey Valdez, pastor of New Spirit Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX, was charged with a second-degree felony in a case involving a 17-year-old on July 8, 2010, when he was a former middle school principal. Erbey and his wife established New Spirit Baptist Church in October 2018. The church was kicked out by the Southern Baptists of Texas for keeping a pastor on the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry. According to his profile, Valdez has two degrees from SWBTS: a master of divinity and a master of theological studies. According to the Texas Registry, Valdez is on probation/community supervision in that case.

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Southern Baptist Convention 2022 Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document includes scary new information relating to certain abuse occurrences and sheds light on how denominational officials actively resisted abuse avoidance and change for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced an extensive and independent 3rd party investigation that discovered that abusers were frequently overlooked, forgotten, and even admonished by high-level congregation representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million members. In addition, it revealed these leaders frequently lied to their own members to avoid them from understanding the rampant sexual misbehavior.

Continue reading more about the Southern Baptist Convention 2022 Report

A Past of Ignored Abuse

The report alleges that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just one calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even encouraged believed abusers.

One victim described being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in several Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Board “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Church

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

The report alleges that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative council as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering and even motivated presumed sexual predators.

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