The Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting narrowly elected the state body’s first female president and continued a two-decade trend of choosing officers endorsed by the moderate Texas Baptists Committed organization.
Joy Fenner, 70, of Garland, Texas, a former missionary to Japan and incumbent BGCT first vice president, was elected 900-840 over pastor David Lowrie.
ElenoraGiddingsIvory, who directed for nearly two decades the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington office, has taken a position with the World Council of Churches. She headed the PCUSA public policy, information and advocacy office in Washington and will now head the Geneva-based WCC public witness program.
The Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia has been barred from ministry pending a church trial to determine his culpability in protecting his brother, a former Episcopal priest who was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s.
Declared by a church court to be guilty of $400,000 in thefts and other financial misdeeds at a Colorado Springs church, pastor Donald Armstrong was defrocked November 1 by Bishop Robert O’Neill of the Colorado Episcopal Diocese.