Denny Burk Announced as New President of Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Denny Burk
Denny Burk

An evangelical organization that advocates distinct and separate roles for men and women in the church, home and society has announced a leadership change.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood announced July 20 the selection of Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., as ninth president of the organization founded in 1987 to oppose the influence of feminism in the church.

Burk succeeds Owen Strachan, who resigned July 12 after two years on the job, citing responsibilities of his new job as a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., that limit the amount of focus he can devote to fundraising for the CBMW.

Strachan, who served as CBMW executive director for two years before assuming the presidency in 2014, said he has been thinking about his role for about a year but wanted to leave the organization in a strong financial position. With a successful Together for the Gospel pre-conference completed in April, Strachan said he could leave with a clear conscience.

According to a news release, giving to the Council on Biblical Manhood increased by 250 percent — from around $85,000 to just shy of $300,000 — between 2012 and the end of 2015.

Burk, who will continue in his role at Southern Seminary, reaffirmed commitment to the Danvers Statement, the council’s founding document which outlines a theological basis for a “complementarian” reading of Scripture that affirms that men and women are fundamentally equal before God but assigned complementarity roles of male headship and wifely submission in the church and home.

Burk, sponsor of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution “On Transgender Identity” in 2014,said he believes the CBMW also needs “a new statement of conviction” addressing issues that weren’t on the radar when the Danvers Statement was written nearly 30 years ago.

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
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