Chairman responds to McKissic’s statement4:20 pm, March 6)
ARLINGTON?Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustee Dwight McKissic released a statement late on March 5 regarding his status as a trustee. The following is McKissic’s statement in full:
“I have received word through the media that the chairman of the board of trustees for
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Van McClain, intends to consider asking the
Southern Baptist Convention to remove me from the board. The reason he has given to
the media is his “lost confidence” in me due to his perception that I have breached
confidentiality. In the past months, I have asked Brother McClain to provide me with
copies of any confidentiality policies governing trustee material. I have not received any
copy of such policies, and I have been told by Brother McClain that no confidentiality
The Executive Committee of Southwestern’s board of trustees has requested a meeting
with me in writing. I have responded to that request, explaining my desire to meet and
the conditions under which I am available for such a meeting. No specific details were
given to me for this meeting, and I am only now learning of Brother McClain’s specific
concerns through the media. I have not yet received any correspondence from him giving
me a statement of his specific concerns, though I requested such an enumeration on
February 23, 2007. The effort to remove me as a trustee at Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary is nothing but a twenty-first century lynching of an independent-thinking
Black man who has demonstrated strong support for the Southern Baptist Convention.
At this point, I will issue no further comment regarding this matter. My ministry at
Cornerstone Baptist Church and the planning for our Baptist Conference on the Holy
Spirit, April 27-29, 2007, controls my greater spiritual attention and personal preparation.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is very dear to my heart, and I consider my
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