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Lancaster County Community Foundation, J.D. Hall, and Saddleback Church Hiring Women Pastors

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ONE YEAR AGO: On May 8, 2023, MinistryWatch reported that Christian groups had pulled out of participating in the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s ExtraGive event over concerns about its nondiscrimination and anti-hate policies. An alternative known as FaithfulGive was organized for Fall 2023 and raised over $700,000 in its first year.

TWO YEARS AGO:  On May 17, 2022, MinistryWatch reported that Montana Baptist pastor J.D. Hall, who has spent years critiquing pastors and warning of liberal drift within evangelical churches, was arrested on DUI and weapons charges. According to a copy of the initial offense report obtained by Religion News Service, Hall was charged at 11 p.m. with driving under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon while intoxicated. The DUI charge is a first offense, according to the report. A Sidney police officer observed Hall driving in a bike lane and pulled him over. Two months later, Fellowship Baptist Church rescinded his membership. Read more here.

THREE YEARS AGO: On May 11, 2021, MinistryWatch reported that Saddleback Church, one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention at the time and home to influential pastor Rick Warren, ordained three women as staff pastors, a move that critics said violated the denomination’s statement of faith. In June 2023, the SBC affirmed its decision to expel Saddleback Church from the denomination because of its decisions to employ women pastors. Read more here.

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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a freelance writer who holds a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University. She has home schooled her three children and is happily married to her husband of 25 years.