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Texas church expelled from Southern Baptist Convention for hiring sex offender as pastor

Feb 19, 2020

By Holly Meyer

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee expelled a Texas church Tuesday (Feb. 18) for employing a pastor who is a lifetime registered sex offender.

The 80-plus-member body, which acts on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention when it is not in session, took a vote to disfellowship Ranchland Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, during its regularly scheduled meeting in Nashville.

Ranchland Heights is “no longer to be considered in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention,” said the Rev. Mike Stone, chairman of the Executive Committee.

Stone did not share why the church was being removed during Tuesday’s meeting, but the official Twitter account for the Executive Committee detailed the reason.

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