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Southwestern officers, Texas pastor reach accord after months of debate


FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — Agreeing “to put past issues behind us,” trustee officers of Southwestern Seminary say they look forward “to working together for many years” with first-year trustee Dwight McKissic.

McKissic, contacted by Baptist Press March 28, said a statement released the previous day by trustee chairman T. Van McClain also speaks for him.

The two-sentence statement notes: “The officers of the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have met with trustee Rev. Dwight McKissic and have jointly agreed to put past issues behind us. We look forward to working together for many years to impact SWBTS and the world for Christ.”

McKissic affirmed the statement. “I’m excited. I’m looking forward to [continuing as a trustee].”

The administration and trustees of the seminary have been at odds with McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in nearby Arlington, since McKissic spoke in chapel last August of having had a “private prayer language” since his seminary days.