The New Woke President from Hipsterville, NC

I’ve been following the recent events in the SBC since Paige Patterson’s ouster (for his efforts to be faithful to Scripture’s instruction). Yesterday ended the SBC’s annual convention. There they elected a new President, JD Greear from a church group in North Carolina called “The Summit”. If you’ve heard of that church before, it may be because they’re a super-hip church in super-hip Raleigh-Durham.

Or it may be because you read this post and looked at this spreadsheet and noticed that 80 of the 331 (24%) NC signatures were from one of Greear’s churches.

Name Church City State
Julie Rougeux Summit Church Apex NC
Caroline Barnhill The Summit Church Apex NC
Stephanie Creasman The Summit Church Apex NC
Elizabeth Carter Summit Church Cary NC
Glynis Moinet Sumitt Durham NC
Michelle Key Summit Durham NC
Yolanda Reed Summit Durham NC
Elizabeth Ashford Summit Church Durham NC
Bryce Batts Summit Church Durham NC
Kellan Dickens Summit Church Durham NC
Lauren Ellis Summit Church Durham NC
Jennifer Falco Summit church Durham NC
Eva Leung Summit church Durham NC
Samantha Linton Summit church Durham NC
Melissa Mosby Summit Church Durham NC
Jessica Thommarson Summit Church Durham NC
Stephanie Oyler The Summit Durham NC
Amber Pearson The Summit Durham NC
Lori AdamsBrown The Summit Church Durham NC
Nan Beaty The Summit Church Durham NC
Sharon Beavers The Summit Church Durham NC
Katie Berger The Summit Church Durham NC
Jillian Boland The Summit Church Durham NC
Daniel Bonar The Summit Church Durham NC
Emily Bonar The Summit Church Durham NC
Ashley Dickens The Summit Church Durham NC
Jonathan Dickerson The Summit Church Durham NC
Allison Dolbeer The Summit Church Durham NC
Ginger Gooch The Summit Church Durham NC
Rebecca Hankins The Summit Church Durham NC
Audra Hodges The Summit Church Durham NC
Scott Hodges The Summit Church Durham NC
Jordan Kohman The Summit Church Durham NC
Parker McGoldrick The Summit Church Durham NC
Reema Nasrallah The Summit Church Durham NC
Matt Oettinger The Summit Church Durham NC
Tiffany Oettinger The Summit Church Durham NC
Landon Pauley The Summit Church Durham NC
Kat Robertson The Summit Church Durham NC
Rebecca Shrader The Summit Church Durham NC
Alexis Sponaugle The Summit Church Durham NC
Haley Warren The Summit Church Durham NC
Kate Williams The Summit Church Durham NC
Amanda Winter The Summit Church Durham NC
Justin Winter The Summit Church Durham NC
Aaron Coalson The Summit Church Durham NC
Stefanie Golden The Summit Church Durham NC
Christina Kelly The Summit Church Durham NC
Cindy Peterson The Summit Church Durham NC
Sarah Weddle The Summit Church Durham NC
Taylor Weddle The Summit Church Durham NC
Danielle Wilson Summit Raleigh NC
Jason Adams-Brown Summit Church Raleigh NC
Amanda Brown Summit Church Raleigh NC
Laura Brown Summit Church Raleigh NC
Debbie Derbyshire Summit Church Raleigh NC
Yolanda Finney Summit Church Raleigh NC
Kate Hughes Summit Church Raleigh NC
Sarah Davidson The Summit Raleigh NC
Patti Taylor The Summit Raleigh NC
Becca DeLucia The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Kelsey Hamilton The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Caitlin Hooks The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Morgan Jeffreys The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Sarah Krivsky The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Alex Lewis The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Jessica Locklear The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Zack Locklear The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Scott McWhirter The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Mackenzie Morris The Summit Church RALEIGH NC
Doug Porter The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Kristen Porter The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Makayla Riggs The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Nicole Shields The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Amanda Springer The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Katelyn Watkins The Summit Church Raleigh NC
Jeremy Robertson The Summit Church Raleigh Durham NC
Gardner Pippin The Summit Church RDU NC
Hillary Pippin The Summit Church RDU NC
Ray Gardestig The Summit NC

The next largest batch of signatures from one church organization in NC is from Imago Dei, with 30.[1] Between these groups, that’s almost exactly 1/3rd (110/331) of all the NC signatures.

Why did JD Greear stand for nomination? He writes:

  1. Keep the gospel above all as the foundation of our unity and the focus of our mission
  2. Continue growing in cultural and racial diversity
  3. Turn up the temperature in our churches with more intentional, personal evangelism
  4. Plant and revitalize hundreds of churches
  5. Mobilize college students and recent graduates into the mission, and
  6. Engage the next generation in cooperative mission.

The correct way to read this list is to recognize that the first point is The Given. It’s the thing you must say to unite or avoid alienating your constituents right off the bat, as he says. These are Southern Baptists Protestants so he leads with “the gospel above all”.[2] If you were in consideration for janitor at Second Baptist Church Nowhere, your application should start with, “The foundation of clean toilets is The Gospel above all.”

It’s the second point which reveals a candidates actual priority and passion, and which will be forwarded under the cover of The Given: “Continue growing in cultural and racial diversity”. This is where Paige Patterson posed a problem as president; not because he had been racist, but because his anti-racism had got tangled up with sexual predation when–way back in the benighted late 80s and early 90s–he defended Darrell Gilyard, a black pastor who had committed several acts of adultery and later was convicted of molesting teenage girls from one of his several churches.

For the moment I count on the reader’s Google-Fu to combat his possible ignorance on that debacle, but from what I have read it seems that Patterson initially took the radical stance that “no charge should be admitted against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses”; not even charges admitted by a woman! The scoundrel!

I have more to say about Patterson and Gilyard in a future post, but for now I’ll just close by passing on the understanding that Patterson’s early defense of his former student Gilyard is some seriously convoluted history from which to virtue signal about the gospel of multiculturalism, and that’s what the new SBC leadership desperately wants to do.

[1] Hilarious and illuminating text from Imago Dei’s bulletin: “Please note that our Lord’s Supper elements are all gluten-free.”

[2] I note that he does not capitalize Gospel. Which gospel does Greear have in mind? I think he wants us to assume that he means The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it fits the Southern Baptist tradition so we’ll go with that for now.

20 thoughts on “The New Woke President from Hipsterville, NC

  1. On the list of names you cited, I only counted 7 men. That concerns me. It also supports your general sentiment that this is a control move.

  2. And, yes, this is absolutely a planned and coordinated effort to take the leadership of the SBC. It has all the hallmarks of having been in the works for years.

  3. They’re dead set to be a light on a hill…. one wonders what kind of lights are at this summit of theirs? Leds? Bar lights? Soft and cuddly don’t make us feel bad lights? One hopes not those of a strip joint, but there’s too many organizations ready to strip away any kind of truth from what they teach, so it could be appropriate. …

  4. Greear is also calling for women in senior leadership: https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2018/05/29/greear-women-deserve-top-leadership-roles-in-sbc

    From the same article, others are noticing Greear’s SJW tendencies as well:
    Reacting to Greear’s recent comments, Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland tells OneNewsNow the video sounded like a “rallying cry for a social justice witch hunt” within the Southern Baptist Convention.

    McFarland
    OneNewsNow has reported on a Texas pastor, Grady Arnold, who introduced a resolution calling on Southern Baptist messengers to denounce the nice-sounding “social justice” movement because of its association with left-wing movements such as “white privilege” and anti-democratic, Marxist philosophy.

    Within the convention, there is also an ongoing dispute over evangelical support for Donald Trump, since some prominent SBC leaders opposed Trump’s nomination and have denounced fellow Southern Baptists who vocally defend Trump.

    Instead of focusing on “social justice” issues, says McFarland, the SBC needs to focus on preaching the gospel message or risk becoming a liberal denomination of “social-justice warriors.”

  5. How long before Greear gets wrapped up in allegations of misogyny, racism, homophobia, abuse, or some other “social” “justice” pet issue?

  6. Oscar, I believe Greear is on the SJW’s side on those issues, though he’s trying to stay relatively neutral for now. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets taken down so a truly woke type like Beth Moore or Dwight McKissic (Marxissic) can lead the way.

  7. Greear is also calling for women in senior leadership

    Naturally one would, since his ascendancy is due entirely to female dissatisfaction with the previous state of affairs. Only to be expected.

    The saddest comedy to me, is that here again complementarianism (which BTW I learned about @Dalrock, thanks) is being trotted out as proof of his bona fides as a hard core traditionalist of the home-front. It is the mark of men that are effectively owned lock, stock and barrel by their women; but is increasingly used as a tradcon benchmark to show that “men are still in charge at our church”. It has become laughable to me.

    The lowest possible standard, all but indistinguishable from secular egalitarianism, is now touted like they were waving some battle flag representing the real men. “Complementarians Advance! (if your wife is OK with it)”.

    I hope this guy succeeds. The more women the merrier, and the faster the better. Slow death by a thousand cuts is the not the way to go. Get it done man. Mach 3. Burn bright and burn out. If a woman is not your replacement you have failed in your mission.

    Rant complete.

  8. And, yes, this is absolutely a planned and coordinated effort to take the leadership of the SBC. It has all the hallmarks of having been in the works for years.

    Yes, the first open strike after some time. And cowards like Mohler are joining the mob in an effort not to be turned on by it. The SBC is completely lost at this point.

  9. @ MKT

    Oscar, I believe Greear is on the SJW’s side on those issues,

    Yeah, and the National Convention guillotined Robespierre for being too moderate. Don’t you know? The Glorious Revolution always eats its own.

  10. From JDs bio……

    Together they are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.

    Seriously? Those kids names? Come on man…..

  11. @LP

    Naturally one would, since his ascendancy is due entirely to female dissatisfaction with the previous state of affairs.

    The question I have is: What are the forms of dissatisfaction?

  12. The SBC is completely lost at this point.

    I am dissatisfied by the conservative tendency towards giving up and abandoning hope.

    This is active SJW infiltration, and our current crop of SBC leadership is ineffectual, but that should motivate us to repent and stand firm on what we were given, not turn tail and run.

    SBC or not, the SJWs come for all. Gird for the fight.

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  14. Conservatives have to vigorously police their organisations. If they’re not willing or able to, then they’ll lose them.

  15. The question I have is: What are the forms of dissatisfaction?

    Aha! Spoken like an actual man. What are the specific issues, list them, if possible in priority order; so we can get to the bottom of what dissatisfies.

    Meanwhile the women’s dissatisfaction did not lend itself to defined forms or specificity (maybe it did and they sent the list to JD Grear – I’m speculating). Call it a vague, permanent longing for more. More what? Take your pick: power, control, attention, excitement; but this is from my list. Would a woman use any of those words in describing her own dissatisfaction with the SBC status quo ante?

    “What’s wrong Beth Moore?” “I want more attention!”

    Did most of the women signing the letter even know they were dissatisfied until it was pointed out for them by whoever launched the campaign to discredit Patterson?

    They’ll take more ground by leaving their dissatisfaction as it is. A feeling, formless. Guys like Grear will go nuts trying to placate the implacable.

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