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Famous Southern baptist leader forced to resign over 'morally inappropriate relationship'

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 30, 2018
07:12 A.M.

Dr. Frank Page resigned recently because of a relationship that he had that was morally inappropriate. The incident appears to have affected his marriage and family life.

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His resignation was announced on March 26, 2018, according to The Huffington Post. In a statement Page admitted that the deed had left his family quite embarrassed.

Pew Research Center reported that Frank Page, 65, was a leading figure in America’s largest Protestant denomination. He has resigned from his job over a ‘morally inappropriate relationship in the recent past.’

Page had served as the president and chief executive of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) executive committee. He officially announced his retirement on Monday.

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A day later, he followed up with a statement that explained that he was leaving active ministry because of a ‘personal failing’ that had embarrassed his family, God, himself, and the Kingdom.

Page added that he was trying to rebuild his relationship with his wife and two daughters. It hasn’t been reported what the nature of the relationship, or who the other party was.

‘Out of a desire to protect my family and those I have hurt, I initially announced my retirement earlier today without a complete explanation. However, after further wrestling with my personal indiscretion, it became apparent to me that this situation must be acknowledged in a more forthright manner.’

Frank Page, Baptist Press, March 27, 2018

Page served as president of the SBC from 2006 to 2008. He was elected as president of the denomination’s executive committee in 2010.

According to The Associated Press, he was responsible for overseeing a budget of nearly $200 million. The executive committee is an administrative body that coordinates the national ministries of the SBC and handles its financial affairs.

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The SBC consists of a network of more than 47,000 independently operating Baptist churches. Their total membership is more than 15 million people.

Stephen Rummage, the executive committee’s current chairman, shared that Page had expressed deep regret about how his actions had caused pain to others.

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Rummage added that the executive committee recognized that it needed to share the news about Page’s resignation with the world and other Southern Baptists with truth and honesty. He revealed that he felt broken for Page, his family and anyone else affected.

Rummage shared that he spoke for the entire executive committee in saying that they were committed to providing them with the spiritual and emotional support they needed in the coming days.

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