On May 6, concerned Southern Baptist women—women who had been grappling with the video of Dr. Paige Patterson preaching at the AWAKEN Conference in 2014, the audio of his counsel to domestic abuse victims in 2000, and his response this week to the Southern Baptist concerns over these matters—published an open letter to the Board of Trustees at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. All Southern Baptist women who share the views represented in the letter have been invited to sign it.

Similar conversations regarding these same concerns have been happening among Southern Baptist men, pastors, elder boards, and leadership teams. We are likewise grieved by the comments—heartbroken over the effect they have on our sisters in the faith, concerned about the wrong message they send to the world about the value and dignity of women, and aggrieved by the poor gospel witness. (These concerns with Dr. Patterson’s leadership, as illustrated in a recent article, are not isolated events.) We wish to stand with and support these sisters, adding our voices to theirs.

We should have noticed this long ago, and we were at fault for ignoring it until our sisters pointed it out. Our choice to speak now is also an acknowledgment that we did not take enough care to notice and act when our fellow believers were being denigrated.

We also wish to note that we are not speaking to validate our sisters’ voices. A woman’s voice does not need the affirmation of a man to be valid. They speak on their own with the authority and dignity of believers in Christ, created in the image of God.

We understand that private appeals have been issued to the SWBTS trustees pleading with them to take decisive action. Given the public nature of Dr. Patterson’s comments and the inadequacy of his public response, we feel biblically justified—in the line of Paul rebuking Peter “before them all” (Galatians 2:14)— in publishing this open letter.

All Southern Baptist men who share the views represented in the letter are invited to demonstrate that conviction by signing the letter to SWBTS trustees as follows:

LETTER TO SWBTS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Dear Pastor Ueckert and Board of Trustees,

We are concerned Southern Baptist men who affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, including its statements on the roles of men and women in the family and in the church.

We have read and support the May 6 letter published by concerned Southern Baptist women. We affirm the courageous and biblical stance taken by the women who drafted that letter and by those who signed it. We weep with sisters whose concerns for safety may prevent them from adding their names in such a public format. We join our voices with theirs in urging you to exercise the authority you have been given by the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and to take a strong stand against unbiblical teaching regarding womanhood, sexuality, and domestic violence. 

We are aggrieved by Dr. Patterson’s remarks at the 2014 AWAKEN Conference in which he used the Bible to defend a teenaged boy’s objectification of a teenaged girl, equating Moses’ word choice with vulgar slang used to accentuate one woman’s physical qualities over another. His rebuke of the boy’s mother (in front of her son) and his own commentary on the attractiveness of this teenaged girl only serve to heighten our concern. These comments and his decision to share them give the watching world cause to question Dr. Patterson’s character and his view of women.

Were the principal of a public high school to make such remarks about a teenaged girl in a public presentation, we can reasonably assume that he would immediately be called to meet with the school board and be reprimanded for his remarks and may even face termination of employment. That Dr. Patterson’s remarks have been public for four years without reprimand by your board or repudiation by Dr. Patterson suggests that the unbelieving community takes a stronger stand on the public treatment of women than Christians.

Furthermore, Dr. Patterson’s remarks in 2000 regarding his counsel to an abused woman were dangerous, unwise, and unbiblical. His failure to repudiate these remarks, along with the silence of the SWBTS Board of Trustees, gives the impression that such counsel is appropriate, wise, and biblical. We declare it is not.

In his recent remarks of clarification, Dr. Patterson has failed to repudiate and repent of his dangerous counsel and his inappropriate speech regarding a teenaged girl.

As our sisters suggested, the watching world is asking if Southern Baptist men believe it is biblical to view and speak of sixteen-year-old girls as sexual objects. They wonder if abused women will be counseled according to the pattern of Dr. Patterson’s remarks. Far worse, they wonder if such views and counsel reflect the God of the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ.

We join our sisters in declaring that Jesus is nothing like this. Such behavior is “not in step with the truth of the Gospel” (Galatians 2:14)—the Good News of a King who addresses sin, heals the wounded, protects the oppressed, calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and honors all women as human beings created in the image of God and all believing women as joint heirs in the Kingdom. Dr. Patterson’s behavior confuses the message of the Gospel. His continued leadership—without repentance and reprimand—calls into question the witness of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The world is watching, brothers. We pray the Lord will grant you faith, courage, and wisdom to act in a way that represents well our Savior Jesus Christ and the Good News of his Kingdom.

326 Signatures

Name Church Location
Ron Abernathy West Metro Community Church Yukon, Oklahoma
Ryan Abernathy West Metro Community Church Yukon, Oklahoma
Angie Allen Connect Church Stl Fenton, Mo
Jackie Allen Cross Church Surprise, Arizona
Jacob Anderson Carlisle Ave Baptist Church Louisville, Ky
Jacob Anderson Carlisle Avenu Baptist church Louisville, KY
Jameson Anderson FBC Albuquerque NM Albuquerque, Nm
Myron Anderson Long Beach, CA
Bryan Armstrong Quail Springs Baptist Church Oklahoma City, OK
Bryan Arnett Potomac Heights Baptist Church Indian Head, MD
Brian Aslin Harris Creek Baptist Waco, Texas
Nick Atkins Calvary Christian Louisville, KY
Donovan Bailey The Village Church Fort Worth Fort Worth, Texas
Paul Baker Highland Hills Baptist Church Macon, Ga
Mark Bane Fern Creek Baptist Louisville, Kentucky
Cade Barlow Ballardsville Baptist Church Louisville, KY
Rodney Barry FBC Smyrna GA Smyrna, GA
Dustin Barton Immanuel Baptist Church Warren, Arkansas
Dave Becker Freshwater Church Bolivar, MO
Jim Beckner The Church at Shelby Crossingsq Calera, AL
David Beirne Travis Baptist Church Corpus Christi, Tx
Jackie Benson Celeste Road Baptist church Saraland, Alabama
Kenneth Benson Christ the King Augusta, GA
David Bentley FBC Newalla Choctaw, Oklahoma
Stephen Benzel Parkland Baptist Church Louisville, KY
Jeff Berger FBC Conroe, Texas
Matt Berry Sojourn Midtown Louisville, Kentucky
Lanny Bivens Freedom Church Lincolnton, NC
Darrell Blaine Central Baptist Marlow, OK
Brandon Blake The Heights Church Tampa, FL
Andrew Blalock FBC Charleston SC Charleston, SC
CM Brandon Central Clovis, NM
Colton Branson Alexander Baptist Church Chesapeake, VA
Derek Brickell Little Rock, Arkansas
Bradley Brogden Journey Church Everett, WA
Chad Buck Cedar Street church Holt, MICHIGAN
Larry Bull FBC Alexandria Alexandria, Virginia
Matthew Burtch Movement Richmond, VA
Dale Busby North Pole, Alaska
Robert Busby Fellowship Baptist Church Grovetown, Georgia
Matthew Businaro First Baptist Church Harrisburg, Illinois
Mark Butler All Souls Anglican Church Portland, Oregon
Stephen Byers Wayside Baptist Church Miami, Florida
Brett Callan CrossPoint Church Sterling, Kansas
Ian Campbell City on a Hill Church Boston, MA
Shane Carvalho Mount Hope Church Bristol, RI
Stephen Casson Na Kamloops, BC
Dominic Cedillo Immanuel Louisville, KY
Brian Cenate Revolution McKinney, Texas
Steve Chappell Concord Baptist Church Bostic, NC
Aaron Chen Church of the Beloved Chicago, IL
Cathy Childers Lakeside Baptist Granbury, TX
Pete Christianson Fellowship Church Louisville, Ky
Haden Clark First Baptist Church Whitesboro, Texas
Patrick Coggins Greenville, SC
Steve Coil WayPoint Church Durham, NC
Philip Coleman Graefenburg Baptist Frankfort, KY
Rob Collingsworth The Village Church Fort Worth, Texas
Nate Collins Louisville, KY
Christopher Combs Harvest Baptist Church Hazard, KY
Rob Connelly Uptown Church Martinsville, Virginia
tom cottar SWTBS Alum pflugerville, tx
Chris Cox Keystone Church Ankeny, IA
Barry Cram FSBCDC former member OKC, OK
Andrew Crawford Elmont Baptist Church Van Alstyne, TX
Chris Creech Genesis Church Mexico, MO
John Creitz Duncanville Baptist Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Nathan Creitz City Life Church Ridgewood, NY
Alexander Currin Vintage Church Raleigh, North Carolina
Timothy Curtiss Pickwick Community Church Ottumwa, IA
Joshua Cypert Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jon Cyrus FBC Prospect Prospect, KY
Miles Dame The Crossing Greenville, SC
Cliff Daniels Imagine Dei Raleigh, NC
Jesse Darland First Baptist Charleston, SC
Kevin Dau Northfield Community Church Northfield, MN
Bradley Davis FBC Inola Inola, OK
Leroy Davis Hopeful Baptist Church Montpelier, VA
Darryl Dawson The Village Church Flower Mound, TX
William Dechert Christ City Dallas, TX
Luke Denner FBC Washington Washington, Missouri
Sean Dennis 3rd Avenue Baptist Church Louisville, Kentucky
Joey Denton Seven Oaks Church Belmont, NC
Chuck DeVane Lake Hamilton Baptist Church Hot Springs, AR
Jerry Dickinson Grand Avenue Baptist Church Ames, IA
Ronald Dickison North Phoenix Baptist Church Phoenix, AZ
Stephanie Dilley First Baptist Church Lindale, Texas
Steve Doane Epicentre Church West Los Angeles Culver City, CA
Scott Douglas Emmanuel Baptist Parrish, FL
Joshua Drew The Village Church Denton Denton, TX
Heinrich DuBose-Schmitt FBC Huntsville Huntsville, AL
Josh Dutton East Side Baptist Church Pine Bluff, AR
Tyler Eason Northwest Bible Church St Michael, MN
Joey Eaton Garfield Avenue Baptist Church Louisville, Ky
Mika Edmondson Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Chris Elliott The Well Boise, ID
David Elliott Jr Country Acres Baptist Church Wichita, KS
Weston Ely Genesis Eureka, Missouri
Nancy Enkelmann First Baptist of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
John Erickson Jubilee Community Church Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jim Erwin Washburn First Baptist Church Washburn, MO
Jesse Eubanks Sojourn Midtown Louisville, KY
Josh Evans Veritas Community Church Columbus, OH
Estafan Farag McGregor Baptist Ft Myers, Florida
Nathan Farley Dan River Church Danville, Virginia
Michael Felkins Grand Avenue Baptist Church Ames, Iowa
Brian Filer First Baptist Church Bluefield, WV
Roderick Fillinger Occoquan Bible Church Woodbridge, Virginia
Nicholas Fischer Third Avenue Baptist Church Louisville, KY
James Forbis First Baptist Church Willow Springs Willow Springs, Missouri
Ryan Forrest Eastern Heights Baptist Church Bartlesville, Ok
Jeff Foster Brookstone Church Weaverville, NC
Amanda Frost Graceland Baptist New Albany, IN
Stephen Furmanek Sojourn Community Church Louisville, KY
Will Gerrald Versailles Baptist Church Versailles, Kentucky
Smith Getterman Harris Creek Baptist Waco, Texas
Steven Giblet The Well Church Mustang, OK
Rob Gibson ChristChurch at Goshen Goshen, KY
Joseph Giles Berkeley Baptist Church Berkeley Springs, WV
Bobby Gilles Sojourn Church New Albany, IN
Danny Gilliam First Baptist Church Hillsboro, TX
Edward Glasscock Summer Grove Baptist Shreveport, LA
Alan Godwin Indian Lake Peninsula Church Hendersonville, TN
Scott Gordon Claycomo Baptist Church Kansas City, MO
Arvin Gowens Community Bible Church San Antonio, TX
Scott Grandi Mission Trails Church San Diego, CA
Connor Graves Iron City Church Birmingham, AL
Garrison Greene Veritas Community Church Dayton, Ohio
Jackson Greer Hardin Baptist Hardin, KY
NICHOLAS GRIFFITH Woodside Bible Church New Baltimore, MI
Jon Hawkins Arbor Drive Community Church York, Ne
Tim Hawkins First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park Pinellas Park, Fl
Craig Heinrich First Baptist Church of Fowlerville Fowlerville, MI
Ralph Helm Bent Tree Church Loveland, CO
Chris Henry Sojourn New Albany, IN
Roy Henry Faith Baptist Church Battle Creek, MI
Andrew Hickman Maywood Baptist Church Independence, MO
David Higgs Dorrisville Baptist Church Harrisburg, Illinois
Shelia Hill FBC Ridgeland, MS
Shelia Hill First Ridgeland Baptist church Ridgeland, MS
Jason Hinrichs The Village Church Fort Worth Fort Worth, Texas
Brent Hobbs New Song Fellowship Virginia Beach, VA
Trevor Hogg Summit Woods Baptist Church Lees Summit, Missouri
Andrew Holley Citizens Church Decatur, GA
Herb Holloway Crossroads Church Hammond, LA
Tom Holsteen Christ Fellowship Church Homewood, AL
Marc Ira Hooks Community North Baptist Church McKinney, Texas
JONATHAN HOOVER FBC Kinston Kinston, NC
Derek Hopperton Highview Baptist Louisville, Kentucky
Charles Houghton Cedar Street Church Holt, Mi
Kyle Howard Louisville, KY
Josh Howell Hopewell Baptist Tuscaloosa, AL
Jeff Hutchings Kings Cross Community Church St Louis, Mo
Adam Hyatt Graefenburg Baptist Church Waddy, KY
Adam Hyde Audobon Baptist Lousville, Ky
Corey Ickes Rivertown Church Brattleboro, Vermont
Jason Ivie Northwood Church Keller, Texas
Kyler Jackson Cough Pike Baptist Church Cincinnati, Ohio
Mark Jackson Grace Church Hendersonville, TN
Blake James Light in the Desert Mesa, Arizona
John Janke Northbrook Baptist Church Cedar Rapids, IA
Caleb Jenkins Third Avenue Baptist Louisville, KY
DJ Jenkins Anthology Church of Studio City Studio City, CA
Mark Jennings Grace Snellville Lawrenceville, GA
Matt Jennings Grace Snellville Snellville, Georgia
Darwin Joey Dallas, Texas
Andrew Johnson SWBTS Alum Fort Worth, TX
Andy Johnson Church at the Cross Grapevine, TX
Matthew Johnson Mont Rose Baptist Church QUITMAN, MS
David King Brazos Pointe Fellowship Lake Jackson, TX
ricky king providence road church norman, OK
Nathan Kitchens Ezra Baptist Church Bessemer, Alabama
Cole Kliewer Quail Springs Baptist Church Oklahoma City, OK
Sam Knecht University Baptist Church Fayetteville, AR
Susan Kohl Freedom Church Lincolnton, NC
Zach Korthals New Beginnings Baptist Church Longview, TX
Mark Kranz Now do one for Mark Driscoll Dallas, Texas
Tera Laffin Sojourn Community Church New Albany, Indiana
Chris Lam The Village Church Denton Denton, TX
James Lamborn Stafford, VA
Ryan Land Sojourn Community Church Louisville, KY
Michael Lawson First Baptist Church Sherman, TX
Mike Leake FBC Marionville Marionville, MO
Matt Lewellyn New Albany, IN
Elven Lindblad First Baptist Church Broken Arrow, OK
Preston Logan The Village Church Flower Mound, Texas
Hayden Lorraine Green Acres Baptist Church Tyler, Tx
Joseph Louthan Antioch Norman Norman, OK
Daniel Lowry New Castle FBC New Castle, KY
Jeremy Lucarelli Sojourn Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
Brett Lunn Calvary Baptist Church Edwardsville, Illinois
Judith Lusk New Life Presbyterian Glenside, PA
Bradley Lutz Cascade Hills Phenix City, AL
Michael Mallory Frisco First Baptist Frisco, TX
Matthew Manchester River City Church EPC DeLand, FL
Nathan Mansell East Cooper Baptist Church Mount Pleasant, SC
Evan Mantel Arlington Baptist church Arlington, Va
Terry Martens Grand Avenue Baptist Church Ames, Iowa
Aaron Martin High Point, NC
Paul Mayo 12 Stone Church Buford, GA
Dennis McDaniel Jr Corydon Baptist Corydon, IN
Matthew Metcalf Sojourn East Louisville, KY
Michael Metts Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, TX
Michael Middleton First Baptist Orlando, Fl
John Milam Travis Ave Baptist Church BENBROOK, TX
Tara Milburn Calvary Chapel Melbourne Melbourne, FL
Clint Miller Roswell Baptist Church Roswell, GA
David Miller Fellowship of the parks Grapevine, TX
Wesley Mills Fellowship North Knoxville Knoxville, TN
Grant Mitchell Fellowship Louisville Louisville, Kentucky
Lee Modesitt New Hope Manhattan, KS
Todd Morikawa Kailua Baptist Church Kailua, Hawaii
Andy Morris Immanuel Baptist Louisville, KY
Brian Morris Fellowship Baptist Church Riverside, CA
Jesse Motley FBC Aquilla, TX
Christian Mounts New Hope Church Palm Harbor, FL
James Moxon The Rock Community Church Littleton, CO
Paul Moxon Calvary Bible Kalamazoo, MI
Evan Musgraves Christ Fellowship Church Birmingham, AL
Jonathan Nanney The Summit Church Durham, NC
Eric Neevel Cornerstone Clyman, WI
Aaron New Conways First Baptist Church Conway, AR
Noble Nimmons Crossroads baptist Conroe, Texas
Matt Oettinger The Summit Church Durham, NC
Cody Owen The Village Church Dallas, TX
Rebecca Ozburn Central Baptist Church Sanford, FL
Bryan Padgett Redeemer Church Stillwater, OK
John Parker InJoy Christian Fellowship Cuba, Mo
Tyler Parker Emmaus Asheville Asheville, NC
Winton Patterson Circlewood Baptist Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Bradley Patton Shades Mountain Baptist Church Birmingham, AL
Barbara Paulos Grovetown, Georgia
Nathan Petrie Immanuel Baptist Church Lexington, Kentucky
J peyton fellowship louisville, ky
Neill Phelps Sojourn community church New albany, IN
Neill Phelps Sojourn Community Church - New Albany New Albany, Indiana
Eric Phillips Sojourn Community Church Louisville, KY
Jim Polk Rochester, New York
Stephen Port Christ Community Church Huntersville Huntersville, NC
Salvadore Portaro Pineview Baptist Church Lexington, SC
Matthew Posten Sojourn Community Church New Albany, Indiana
John Power Georges Creek Baptist Church Easley, South Carolina
Mike Purcell Redemption Church Northwest Mill Creek, WA
Joshua Purvis Mercy Hill Church Yulee, Florida
Brenda Quinn FBC Albany, MISSOURI
Russell Rankin Highland Baptist Church Waco, TX
Cameron Raulston Sojourn Community Church New Albany, Indiana
Kelly Rawllins Chesterfield Baptist Church Mosely, Va
Rex Ray New Zion Baptist Bonham, Texas
Wes Rector Concord Baptist Church CHATTANOOGA, TN
David Richards Pellville Baptist Church Hawesville, Kentucky
Terry Riegel Redeemer Church Rocky Mount, NC
Greg Riley FBC Allen, TX
David Roark The Village Church Flower Mound, Texas
Samuel Roberts First Baptist Stuttgart, AR
Travis Roberts Restoration Church Washington, DC
Todd Robertson Antioch Louisville, KY
Garet Robinson University Baptist Houston, TX
Daniel Rodriguez Bridge Point Community Church Cypress, TX
Jim Roebuck First Baptist Church Burns Flat, Oklahoma
Andy Ross Rolling Hills Community Church Franklin, TN
Jordan Rouden Highland Park Columbia, Tn
Thom Rowe Stonebridge Church The Woodlands, TX
Dennis Royse Sojourn New Albany New Albany, Indiana
Taylor Rutland First Baptist New Orleans New Orleans, LA
Travis Rymer Grace Harbor Chruch Providence, Rhode Island
Eric Schumacher Grand Avenue Baptist Church Ames, Iowa
Andrew Scott Concord Baptist Chattanooga, TN
Matt Scott Redeemer Community Church Oneonta, AL
Joel Sedam Mount Hope Church Bristol, Rhode Island
Jason Shaw Eastern Heights Baptist Church Jeffersonville, Indiana
Freddie Shellnut Left Birchman now a Trinity River Church Fort Worth, TX
Andrew Shelton New Life Baptist Church College Station, Texas
Barry Simmons Brandon, MS
Keith Sisney First Baptist Church Meadville, Missouri
Chris Sponaugle The Summit Durham, NC
Stephen Stallard Mosaic Baptist Church Brooklyn, NY
David Stanfill Austin Ridge Bible Church Austin, TX
Barbara Stewart FBC Ridgeland, MS
David Stone First Baptist Church Springfield, MO
Shawn Summers First Baptist Church Arnold, MO
Matthew Swanberg Sojourn Midtown Louisville, Kentucky
Randy Swearengin Skyline Baptist Branson, Mo
Jacob Sweeney Houston Church Planting Network Houston, TX
Braedon Taylor The Village Church Flower Mound, Texas
Rio Taylor FBC Campbellsburg, IN
Willard Teel First Baptist Church Austin, TX
Hunter Threadgill Capstone Church Tuscaloosa, AL
Joshua Tillman First Baptist Hilliard, FL
David Tinker Fisrt Southern Del City Del City, OOK
Edward Treece Chattanooga, TN
Matt Trembly Redeemer Church Waterloo Waterloo, IL
Scott Turbeville Klondike Baptist Church Pensacola, Fl
Kenneth Turner First Alliance Church of Toccoa Toccoa, GA
Rory Tyer Trace Crossing Tupelo, Mississippi
Cornelius Ukena Freshwater Church Springfield, MO
Daniel Van Beek Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Louisville, KY
Christian Vargus Kennewick Baptist Church Kennewick, WA
Jeffrey Vogelgesang Christian at-large Jamaica Plain, MA
Chris Von Hagel Immanuel Baptist Church Lexington, KY
Clint Wagnon CrossWay Church Deltona, FL
Seth Waldrop Lamp City Church Decatur, GA
Matthew Warren Mount Carmel Baptist Church Florien, LA
Brandon Watkins Imago Dei Church Raleigh, NC
Charles Watson Manteo Baptist Nags Head, NC
Trent Weaver FBC Walton Walton, KY
Tim Webb Bayou Sorrel Baptist Church Plaquemine, La
Cody West FBC Henryville Henryville, IN
Jim West
Eli Westerman Trinity Baptist Church New Haven, CT
Michael White Freedom Church Lincolnton, NC
Mark Whittenberg Tallowood Houston, TX
Michael Wilhite New Hope Baptist Newtonville, IN
chris williams heartland community church ripon, ca
Ronnie Winterton Sojourn Knightdale, NC
Brian Wiseman FBC Friona Friona, TX
John Wojciechowski Astoria, New York
Stephen Wolfe Northwood Baptist Church Northwood, IA
Young-Sam Won The Bridge Church and Hanuri Korean Church Carrollton, TX
Justin Woulard Walker Baptist Church Walker, LA
Austin Wright Sojourn Midtown Louisville, KY
Jeremy Wright Redeemer Baptist Fellowship Memphis, TN
Ben Wyatt Sojourn Community Church Louisville, KY
Jordan Young South Haven Baptist Church Raymore, Missouri
Richard Young First Baptist Church Bolivar, MO
Richard Young South Haven Baptist Belton, MO