Rank-and-file Texas Baptists are angry about a huge financial scandal in the Rio Grande Valley that has marred their reputation. But most say they still trust their leaders—including executive director Charles Wade—to correct abuses and restore confidence in the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
That message emerged from the BGCT’s annual meeting November 13-14 in Dallas, as messengers (delegates) turned back several attempts to take the matter out of the hands of Wade and the convention’s executive board.
“I think Dr. Wade is going to come out of this all right, and I think he should,” said Lou Balenton, pastor of New Trinity Baptist Church in Plainview, as he left the convention hall. “He’s a man of integrity. I believe there should be some reprimands for staff members, but not for Dr. Wade.”