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Southeastern Seminary to rename facilities and programs after SBC sex abuse report names Patterson, Hunt

In a letter to students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) President Danny Akin announced plans to rename some of the school’s facilities and programs following the appearance of their namesakes in the recent report. from Guidepost Solutions on how the SBC Executive Committee handled sexual assault allegations. abuse from 2000 to 2021.

“On Monday, I let you know that the Southeastern Cabinet and I were discussing the use of Johnny Hunt’s name in association with various parts of seminary life. After these discussions, I have made the decision to remove Dr. Hunt’s name from any association with programs, facilities and other items. Therefore, our staff has started and continues to work on this process,” Akin wrote.

Monday, May 23 was only a day after the Guidepost Solutions report came to light credible allegations against Huntwho allegedly sexually assaulted the wife of a young pastor and mentee in 2010.

Hunt was a longtime leader in the SBC, having pastored First Baptist Woodstock Church in Georgia for 30 years. He also served as SBC President from 2008 to 2010 and Senior Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership for the SBC’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) from 2019 until his resignation on May 13, 2022, about a week before the Guidepost Solutions report. has been freed. Hunt holds a degree from SEBTS.

Hunt’s name had been associated with an academic chair at the school, as well as its 5-year BA/MDiv program, among others.

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Akin also informed students that he intended to remove Paige Patterson’s name from campus life.

Patterson, another former SBC icon, was one of the architects of the so-called “conservative resurgence” within the denomination. Patterson served as president of the SBC from 1998 to 2000. He was president of SEBTS from 1992 to 2003, then president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) until 2018.

Patterson was removed from his position at SWBTS for failing to report credible allegations of sexual assault on female students at the school, writing in an email in 2015 that he intended to meet a survivor alone so he could “break her up.”

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Patterson was also involved in covering up the sexual abuse of Paul Pressler, another SBC “Conservative Resurgence” leader, in 2018.