McKissic responds to SWBTS trustee Chairman Van McClain

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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

policies exist.

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