Funeral for Homer Ritchie, preacher for independent fundamentalist Baptist congregation in North Texas, will be Friday, Feb. 22. Ritchie took over for Frank Norris, who killed an unarmed man in church in the 1920s.
SBC president J.D. Greear told Baptist leaders that churches, including First Baptist Church in Bedford, must give assurance they’ve corrected their policies and procedures “with regards to abuse and care for survivors”.
The specially-called United Methodist Church’s General Conference will vote on how to address gay marriage and LGBTQ clergy. Local congregants are divided on the issue and afraid it could lead to schism.
In 2018, 700 volunteers honored Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by weeding community gardens, stocking food pantry shelves, painting apartments for victims of domestic violence and writing letters to soldiers overseas.
Tolar dies at the age of 90 after preaching in churches in Dallas, Plano, Houston and dozens others in Texas and the world. The former Baylor and Southwestern Theological Seminary professor taught religion.
Jonathan Shelley, who leads Pure Words Baptist Church in Houston, will be inaugurated Sunday at Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Stedfast church is labeled as a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center.
The pastor resigned from Stedfast church in Fort Worth, which is labeled as a hate group, after a fellow pastor says he solicited prostitutes, had marijuana and gambled. He called Orlando victims “scum” in 2016.
Dozens of people have contacted the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since its investigation into sex abuse at independent Baptist churches was published to share allegations of abuse and stories of abusers not being held accountable for their actions.