OPINION (ETH) – You would think a Church would do a thorough background check before putting someone on staff, let alone have them as the pastor of the Church! But a Baptist Church in Texas just employed a pastor who apparently is a registered sex offender! According to a report, The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee ended up expelling the church Tuesday after finding out the information.
The Tennessean reported: “The 80-plus member body, which acts on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention when it is not in session, took a vote to disfellowship Ranchland Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, during its regularly scheduled meeting in Nashville.” Ranchland Heights is “no longer to be considered in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention,” said the Rev. Mike Stone, chairman of the Executive Committee.
The church’s pastor, Phillip Rutledge, must register as a sex offender for life for aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Ranchland Heights leadership did not immediately respond Tuesday to The Tennessean’s request for comment. MORE