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William Henry Randall Named in Southern Baptist Convention List of Abusers
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Was William Randall Listed in SBC Abuse Database?

William Henry Randall was arrested in 2018 as the former pastor of St. Simon Baptist Church in Orange Park, Florida. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery after being accused of molesting a 12-year-old child at the time.
Randall received a 20-year prison sentence. The church was destroyed by fire in March 2021.

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Southern Baptist Convention Guidepost Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report contains scary new specifics regarding particular abuse circumstances and clarifies how denominational officials actively resisted abuse prevention and change for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a substantial and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were frequently ignored, forgotten, or perhaps admonished by high-ranking congregation leaders from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. Furthermore, it revealed these leaders often lied to their own members to stop them from being aware of the widespread sexual assaults.

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A Record of Dismissed Abuse

Almost all of these reported occurrences occurred outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many predators were in fact charged. According to the report, an internal list of predators was kept.

The report asserts that a senior Convention official was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely 1 month after finishing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. Furthermore, 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 lady at a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering and even encouraged alleged abusers.

One victim recounted being treated with animosity as she alleged she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in several 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.”

Accountability in the SBC

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

The document claims that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault only one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative division as renowned SBC leaders who aided in covering and even encouraged believed sexual predators.

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