Prompted by the amount of victims of sexual abuse, assault, harassment and exploitation within the past several weeks coming forward with their accusations against persons (predominantly men) in positions of power and authority, we first, as followers of Jesus Christ, and second, as Alabama Baptist pastors, find it incumbent upon us to make the following statement:

  1. We believe that the Bible declares that God has created both male and female in His image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:27) with intrinsic value and worth and to live before Him in complementary roles;
  2. We believe that the Bible teaches that God created humanity to live in perfect relationship with Himself and with each other, and that God’s perfect design was broken by the fall of man (Genesis 3:16-19);
  3. We believe that the Bible teaches that sexual intimacy is to be practiced only within the confines of marriage between one man and one woman (Hebrews 13:4);
  4. We believe that the result of man’s fallen condition and deviation from God’s perfect design for His creation is the brokenness of relationships between men and women which, at times, manifests itself in the form of physical and sexual abuse of women by men (Judges 19:25; 2 Samuel 11:2-4; 2 Samuel 13:14); and that in a broken and sexually depraved culture where every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted and every year over 321,000 Americans are sexually assaulted (https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence);
  5. We believe the gospel redeems and restores the brokenness of mankind in every facet of God’s creation, including relationships between men and women, demanding and enabling men to treat women with the utmost honor, dignity, and respect (1 Peter 3:7; Colossians 3:19) and that the Bible teaches that, in Christ, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28);

We resolve, therefore, as ambassadors of the gospel of Jesus Christ in this fallen world to denounce and condemn every form of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and exploitation of women. We also resolve to pray for and seek opportunities to minister to victims of sexual abuse in the name and healing grace of Jesus Christ and to continue to uphold the honor, dignity, and respect of all people, both males and females, as image-bearers of God.

Rev. Daniel Atkins
Taylor Road Baptist Church (Montgomery, AL)

Dr. Ben Bowden
First Baptist Church Enterprise (Enterprise, AL)

Rev. Mat Alexander
First Baptist Church of Gadsden (Gadsden, AL)

Rev. Carl Williams
First Baptist Church Demopolis (Demopolis, AL)

Dr. Allen Atkins
The Fellowship Church (Albertville, AL)

Dr. John Thweatt
First Baptist Church Pell City (Pell City, AL)

Dr. Joe Godfrey
Executive Director – ALCAP

Dr. Robert Mullins
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church (Elmore, AL)

Dr. Craig Carlisle
Director of Missions – Etowah Baptist Association

Rev. Mike Snyder
Estaboga Baptist Church (Estaboga, AL)

Rev. Cody Hale
Iron City Baptist Church (Anniston, AL)

Rev. Ben Jameson
Five Points Baptist Church (Northport, AL)

Rev. Jake Duke
Jefferson Baptist Church (Jefferson, AL)

Rev. Andy Frazier
Grace Baptist Church (Sumiton, AL)

Dr. Clint Landry
Arab First Baptist Church (Arab, AL)

Dr. Bill Wilks
NorthPark Baptist Church (Trussville, AL)

Rev. William Kee
Collins Chapel Baptist Church (Jemison, AL)

Rev. Eric Taylor
Lee Heights Baptist Church (Florence, AL)

Rev. Mark Gainey
Deerfoot Baptist Church (Trussville, AL)

Rev. Matt Haines
Sixth Street Baptist Church (Alexander City, AL)

Dr. John T. Brock
Highland Baptist Church (Florence, AL)

Rev. Tim Lynch
Sweet Home Baptist Church (Guntersville, AL)

Rev. Cory Horton
Elkdale Baptist Church (Selma, AL) 

Rev. Micah Gandy
First Baptist Church Monroeville (Monroeville, AL)

Rev. Larry Fuhrman
Gadsden, AL

Rev. Jonathan S. Jenkins
Sister Springs Baptist Church (Selma, AL)

Griffin Gulledge
Dothan, AL

Rev. Clint Bryant
Taylor Road Baptist Church (Montgomery, AL)

Rev. Chase Clower
First Baptist Church (Greenville, AL)

Rev. Tyler Gresham
Fairhaven Baptist Church (Demopolis, AL)

Jonathan Pitts
First Baptist Church (Selma, AL)

Marc Hodges
First Baptist Church (Thorsby, AL)

Gary Cardwell
Retired Director of Missions

Brad Williams
First Baptist Hazel Green (Hazel Green, AL)

Dr. Ron Horton
New Prospect Baptist Church (Haleyville, AL)

Rev. Seth Dunnington
Taylor Road Baptist Church (Montgomery, AL)

Terry Buster
First Baptist Church (Phil Campbell, AL)

Carson Windle
Fayette First Baptist Church (Fayette, AL)

Glenn Sandifer
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (Gordo, AL)

Rev. Lee Harper
Bethany Baptist Church (Andalusia, AL)

Rev. Kaleb Wimberly
First Baptist Church Enterprise (Enterprise, AL)

Rev. Kevin L. Jones
Stockdale Baptist Church (Munford, AL)

Rev. Brad Smith
Spring Valley Baptist Church (Springville, AL)

Adam Swann
Harvestfield Church (Rainbow City, AL)

Lisa Rose
Director, Compassion Ministries, Montgomery Baptist Association

Rev. Ryan Johnson
First Baptist Church (Abbeville, AL)

Rev. Trent Nolen
First Baptist Church Demopolis (Demopolis, AL)

Rev. Todd Russell
Mountain Hill Baptist Church (Lapine, AL)

Rev. Curt Mize
First Baptist Church Dadeville (Dadeville, AL)

Dr. Roger D. Maris
Agape Baptist Church (Scottsboro, AL)

Rev. Scott Argent
Westide Baptist Church (Jasper, AL)

Diane Smith
NAMB Missionary Calhoun County (Anniston, AL)

Dr. Rick Patrick
First Baptist Church (Sylacauga, AL)

Rev. John Gates
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (Jasper, AL)

Rev. Keith Ray
Harmony Baptist Church (Andalusia, AL)

Douglas N. Shelton
Anchor of Hope Community Church (Mobile, AL)

Rev. Alvin Lewis
Union Grove Baptist Church (Sweet Water, AL)

Dr. Chris Crain
Director of Missions – St. Clair Baptist Association (St. Clair County, AL)

Nathan Kitchens
Ezra Baptist Church (Bessemer, AL)

Whitney Alexander
First Baptist Church (Gadsden, AL)

Dr. Kevin Blackwell
Interim Pastor, 12th Street Baptist Church (Gadsden, AL)

Wesley Johnson
Talladega Creek Baptist Church (Talladega, AL)

Justin Massey
The Baptist Church at McAdory (McCalla, AL)

Rev. David Cagle
Crosspoint Church (Mobile, AL)

Stacy Stafford
Southside Baptist Church (Dothan, AL)

Brandon Keel
Sixth Street Baptist Church (Alexander City, AL)

Andy Blake
Sardis Baptist Church (Gardendale, AL)

Chris Bell
3Circle Church (Daphne, AL)

Dr. Seth Hood
First Baptist Church Colbert Heights (Tuscambia, AL)

Dr. Jay T. Robertson
Crawford Baptist Church (Mobile, AL)

Dr. Steve Potts
Westwood Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL)

Matt Wethington
Southside Baptist Church (Gadsden, AL)

Rev. Jeff Helton
East Cullman Baptist Association

Kyle Beshears
Mars Hill Church (Mobile, AL)

Pastor Ritchie Emerson
New Hope Baptist Church (Haleyville, AL)

Dr. Kenneth Bruce
Senior Pastor, Westwood Baptist Church (Alabaster, AL)

Rev. Matthew Simmons
Henderson Baptist Church (Henderson, AL)

Jared West
Grant Street Baptist Church (Bessemer, AL)

Jeff Noblit
Grace Life Church of the Shoals (Muscle Shoals, AL)

Rev. Jeremy Williams
Greensport Baptist Church (Ashville, AL)

Rev. Chris Wells
Camden Baptist Church (Camden, AL)

Dr. Keith Atchley
Fyffe First Baptist Church (Fyffe, AL)

Billy Clark
Opelika, AL

Luke Lane
First Baptist Church (Troy, AL)

Rev. Mike McKee
Cuba Baptist Church (Cuba, AL)

Rev. Jared Cornutt
First Baptist Church (Alabaster, AL)

Scott Slayton
Chelsea Village Baptist Church (Chelsea, AL)

Rev. Neal Hughes
Director of Missions – Montgomery Baptist Association

Dr. Rickey E. Camp
Ridgecrest Baptist Church (Trussville, AL)

Rev. George Gardin
Providence Baptist Church (Rockford, AL)

Brett Pitman
Highland Park Baptist Church (Muscle Shoals, AL)

Rev. Kameron Pugh
Iron City Church (Birmingham, AL)

Rev. David Braden
Seman Baptist Church (Wetumpka, AL)

Rev. Don Downs
West End Baptist Church (Valley, AL)

Rev. Frank Craft
Antioch Baptist Church (LaFayette, AL)

Aaron Wine
Lakeview Baptist Church (Auburn, AL)

Rev. Jeremy Smalley
First Baptist Church (Bayou La Batre, AL)

Rev. Patrick Martin
First Baptist Church (Russellville, AL)

Rev. Woodie Turner
First Baptist Church (Gadsden, AL)

Chris Burns
Hueytown Baptist Church (Hueytown, AL)

Dr. Sammie Reid
Mount Zion Baptist Church (Warrior, AL)

Pastor Allan Murphy
North Shelby Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL)

Grant Dykes
Pine Grove Baptist Church (Bay Minette, AL)

Dr. David McKelvey
First Baptist Church (Killen, AL)

Rev. Chad Burdette
Macedonia Baptist Church (Ranburne, AL)

Jamey Pruett
Gilliam Springs Baptist Church (Arab, AL)

Rev. Larry Thompson
Director of Missions, Washington Baptist Association

Adam Morgan
Gullett’s Bluff Baptist Church (Camden, AL)

If you are an Alabama Baptist pastor and/or church leader and would like to sign this statement, please fill out the contact form below: