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Was Shawn Davies Named in the Southern Baptist List of Abusers?

Shawn Davies, a music and youth minister at the FBC in Greenwood, Missouri, pleaded guilty and was convicted of 25 counts of child abuse in 2005. In 2007, he was sentenced to 20 years in Missouri, concurrent with a ten-year sentence in Kentucky. Davies has worked at FBC Greenwood in Missouri, an unidentified church near Georgetown in Kentucky, FBC Ferguson in Missouri, and an unidentified church in Michigan. He was released in 2019. The church was renamed in 2011 to Fellowship Chruch – Greenwood Campus.

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Southern Baptist Abuse Database

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes scary brand-new specifics regarding specific abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational officials actively disapproved abuse prevention and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a substantial and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or even denounced by high-ranking church representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. In addition, it uncovered these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to stop them from understanding the flagrant sexual assaults.

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A Story of Overlooked Misconduct

The report claims that a senior Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely 1 month after finishing his two-year period 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 implicated of assaulting a lady during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was unaware of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report additionally names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering for and even motivated suspected abusers.

One victim detailed being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in a number of 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

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The Report shows a pattern of stonewalling, intimidation, retaliation, and coverup.” He anticipates this report will deliver much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their actions.

The document states that a leading Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault merely 1 month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as prominent SBC leaders who aided in protecting and even encouraged believed abusers.

He desires this report will instigate much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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