Southern Baptist Convention leaders publish long-secret list of ministers accused of abuse

SOuther Baptists release names of sex offendersSouthern Baptist Convention leaders published Thursday a list of accused abusive ministers that previous staff maintained in secret for more than a decade.

The list's release is seen as an important first step in response to a historic report from investigative firm Guidepost Solutions into SBC leaders' failure to address sexual abuse for more than two decades.

The list contains the names of nine individuals who remain in ministry, two of whom reportedly are at SBC affiliated churches.

Releasing the list is “an initial, but important, step towards addressing the scourge of sexual abuse and implementing reform in the Convention,” Rolland Slade, chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, and Willie McLaurin, the committee's interim president and CEO, said in a statement accompanying the release.

“Each entry in this list reminds us of the devastation and destruction brought about by sexual abuse," they said. "Our prayer is that the survivors of these heinous acts find hope and healing, and that churches will utilize this list proactively to protect and care for the most vulnerable among us.”

The list, published on the SBC's website is 205 pages long, including numerous links to news articles as well as descriptions of charges and convictions.

It is being released in the exact form it was provided to Guidepost Solutions, with entries included in their entirety that referenced “an admission, confession, guilty plea, conviction, judgment, sentencing, or inclusion on a sex offender registry.”

Names of survivors and other individuals not related to the offender were redacted.