SBC President Bart Barber Says Predecessor Johnny Hunt Is Unfit to Return to Ministry

Bob Smietana of Religion News Service reports that Bart Barber, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, denounced his predecessor Johnny Hunt’s reinstatement to ministry. Hunt was publicly accused of sexually assaulting another pastor’s wife and took a six-month leave of absence starting in May. Barber said in a statement, “I would permanently ‘defrock’ Johnny Hunt if I had the authority to do so.” Barber does not have the authority to do so, however, given the SBC’s decentralized structure that prioritizes individual church autonomy.

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