Paige Patterson Fired from Southwestern Following Early Retirement

By Kate Shellnutt

Allegations lead to former seminary president losing his benefits.

A week after trustees voted to immediately shift Paige Patterson to “president emeritus” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), the board’s executive committee has voted to strip the denominational leader of all “benefits, rights and privileges.”

The executive committee stated today that it had confirmed information regarding reports that Patterson mishandled a rape allegation in 2003 while he served as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS).

The full statement reads:

During the May 30, 2018, Executive Committee meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) Board of Trustees, new information confirmed this morning was presented regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values.Deeming the information demanded immediate action and could not be deferred to a regular meeting of the Board, based on the details presented, the Executive Committee unanimously resolved to terminate Dr. Paige Patterson, effective immediately, removing all the benefits, rights and privileges provided by the May 22-23 board meeting, including the title of President Emeritus, the invitation …read more

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