Willie McLaurin Resigns as Interim President of SBC EC Amidst Resume Scandal

Willie McLaurin, the interim president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (SBC EC), has voluntarily stepped down from his post. The resignation came after revelations of falsified credentials on his resume, which he had admitted to SBC EC leaders.

McLaurin, who had claimed on his resume that he held degrees from North Carolina Central University, Duke University Divinity School, and Hood Theological Seminary confessed on Thursday that this was untrue. This discovery followed weeks of investigations initiated by search committee members.

According to a statement shared by the Baptist Press, Phillip Robertson, SBC EC Chairman, and Neal Hughes, EC Presidential Search Committee Chairman, verified that McLaurin did not graduate from their schools.

In addition to resigning from his interim position, McLaurin is also no longer a candidate for the position of SBC EC president. In a resignation letter, McLaurin apologized for his actions, asking SBC members for forgiveness.

“To the Southern Baptists who have placed their confidence in me and have encouraged me to pursue the role of President & CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, including pastors, state partners, entity servants, colleagues, and SBC African American friends, I offer my deepest apologies,” wrote McLaurin.

Jonathan Howe, vice president of communications for the SBC EC, expressed his sorrow and asked the community for their prayers, stating, “Today has been an incredibly hard day for our Southern Baptist family.”

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