Grandson says Fred Phelps changed mind about gays

Westboro Baptist Church defector Zach Phelps-Roper says his grandfather’s anti-gay attitudes softened prior to his death.

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N.C. pastor Matt Cook nominated as CBF moderator-elect

If elected, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C., will take the helm in 2015.

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Garland to step down as Truett Seminary dean

The longtime administrator will become Baylor University’s interim provost June 1.

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Kentucky Baptist Fellowship’s coordinator retiring after 16 years

John Lepper, a former pastor and denominational worker, has been the state affiliate’s only coordinator.

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Ben and Amy Wright with their children. (Amy Wright photo)
Ben and Amy Wright with their children. (Amy Wright photo)

Experience on Broadway enriches Baptist couple’s calling to special needs advocacy

Amy and Ben Wright, deacons at First Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C., are using their performance abilities to advocate for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

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Critics question support of former ministry head accused of covering up abuse

A criminal trial has renewed interest in a civil lawsuit pending appeal alleging a massive cover-up of sexual abuse in a ministry with ties to high-profile Southern Baptists.

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Ex-Muslim preacher loses copyright claim

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a blogger’s posting of videos of a disputed “ex-Muslim” testimony constitutes fair use under the Copyright Act.

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Gaddy retiring as head of Interfaith Alliance

Welton Gaddy, a Baptist pastor and past president of the Alliance of Baptists, is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the Interfaith Alliance.

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Pastor arrested after domestic dispute

Andy Pittman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas, was arrested after police responded to a 911 call from his home.

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Former pastor charged with abuse

Police suspect a Baptist minister charged with sex crimes at a church in Arkansas may have committed similar acts at other churches he served in the past.

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