Owen Strachan Resigns as President of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Trinity Debate Not to Blame

Owen Strachan
Owen Strachan

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Owen Strachan has announced his resignation as president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, citing a need “to step back” from “filling two vocational roles” simultaneously.

A theological debate this summer regarding the relationship between God the Father and God the Son — a debate that has included criticism of CBMW — “played no part” in Strachan’s decision to resign, he told Baptist Press in an email.

“I Iove CBMW and have resigned to focus on my major God-given priorities: my family, my teaching and my writing,” said Strachan, associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern. “Filling two vocational roles has been edifying and exhilarating, but I believe it wise to step back at this point. The growing portfolio of CBMW meant that each year we had more on our plate, and while I’m grateful for God’s blessing on our work, I am also grateful to step back.”

CBMW is a Louisville, Ky.-based organization that promotes complementarianism, a position stipulating the fundamental equality of men and women as well as a distinction between their roles in the church and home.

Strachan became CBMW executive director in 2012 and was appointed president in 2014. The organization “flourished under Strachan’s leadership, with significant increase in financial support, a stronger online presence and the start of a bi-annual National Conference,” according to a July 12 CBMW news release.

During Strachan’s tenure as president, CBMW reintroduced a print edition of its Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and released two books edited or written by him, the organization stated. Giving increased 250 percent during his tenure as executive director and president — from approximately $85,000 in 2012 to nearly $300,000 in 2015.

Strachan announced his resignation to the CBMW board of directors in early June and had been considering it for a year, he said, well in advance of an online debate on the Trinity that provoked more than 140 blog posts by evangelical scholars in the U.S., Europe and Australia between June 3 and July 11, according to count by Jack Jeffery of booksataglance.com.

“The summer of 2016 has been surprisingly active in terms of theological debate, but the online discussion has played no part in my decision,” Strachan said, noting, “My decision was made months ago. In the fall of 2015 I determined that I would likely resign after our [Together For the Gospel] pre-conference” in April.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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