A former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention has become a Presbyterian.
Flynn Harrell, president of the convention in 1987, says he no long-er agrees with its "exclusion of other Christians" or its "extremist secular politicization.""In good conscience I can no longer remain a Southern Baptist," Harrell said. "My denomination has left me in doctrine, in worship, in exclusion of other Christians, in denial of the gifts of women in ministry, in extremist secular politicization."
At least one national Baptist leader, Stan Hastey, called Har-rell's decision part of a trend.
"I have said from time to time that I think the most overlooked dimension of the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention has been the hemorrhaging of Baptists out of the denomination," said Hastey, executive director of the Alliance of Baptists.