At least eighteen affiliated with Arkansas Southern Baptists named on released sex abuse list
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention published a 205-page list Thursday evening of hundreds of ministers and other church workers it described as being “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.
A report released Sunday by the denomination, prepared by a third-party investigator, said that national leaders of the group suppressed claims of sexual abuse and stymied proposals for reform over two decades.
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Though Southern Baptists have grappled with abuse allegations for years, the report sent shock waves through its churches for its descriptions of how leaders ignored and stifled victims’ pleas for help and resisted reforms. Among the most disturbing revelations,
Southern Baptist pastors and members said, was that leaders kept a secret list of reported abusers but appeared to take no action to ensure the people on the list were no longer in positions of influence in Southern Baptist settings.
Th0se listed as being from Arkansas, with highlights and details of those on the list who committed their acts of abuse within our readership area in Arkansas, include:
Employed by Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock
John Lankston Anderson Jr.
Pulpit preacher at Southside in Russellville
Principal at Sylvan Hills First Baptist, a Baptist-sponsored Christian school
Larry Michael Berkley
Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Harrison
David Wayne Farren
Pastor at Anchor Church in Texarkana as well as Heritage Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Faith Church
Paul "Kevin" Hendrix
Youth minister, FBC in Cherokee Village
Nathaniel Hull Jr.
Preacher's son, First Baptist Church in West Helena
Keith Daniel Kiger
Youth minister, What Church in Winslow
[redacted] discussed sexual abuse in the 1980s
Middle school coach at Sylvan Hills First Baptist, a Baptist-sponsored Christian school
Timothy E. Patton
Music minister at Danville First Baptist Church
Pastor, South Texarkana Baptist Church
David Kent Price
Music minister at First Baptist Church in Benton
Timothy Lee Reddin
Director of missions, Central Baptist Association in Benton
Pastor at Turner Street Baptist Church in Springdale
Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Conway
Pastor at Pines Baptist Church in Quitman
Pastor at Barcelona Road Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village
Richard Thomas Riley
Former teacher at LifeWay Christian School, a ministry of First Baptist Centerton
Pastor arrested for raping mentally handicapped child at [redacted] location
Derek L Smittle
Youth volunteer at First Baptist Centeron
Pastor at unknown location accused for sexually assaulting 17-year-old in 2009.