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Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Ronnie Floyd says he will resign after weeks of denominational division over a sexual abuse review.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A top Southern Baptist Convention official is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC’s response to sexual abuse.  

It’s a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. 

Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC’s Executive Committee, announced his departure while criticizing recent decisions related to the third-party review that is getting underway. 

An investigative firm is looking into allegations the Executive Committee mishandled abuse reports and mistreated survivors. 

The response to sex abuse is one of several issues causing controversy in the SBC. 

Tensions have flared over race, partisan politics and women’s leadership roles. 

The denomination has been grappling with a sex abuse scandal for years.

Credit: AP
FILE - In this June 16, 2021, file photo, people attend the morning session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning after weeks of internal division over how best to handle an investigation into the denomination’s response to sexual abuse reports. Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC’s Executive Committee, announced his departure Thursday, Oct. 14, in a statement. He said he will leave the post at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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