Candi Finch, a former professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, confirmed via Twitter she was terminated by the seminary’s trustees Oct. 17.
“Yesterday the @swbts trustees voted to fire me,” Finch tweeted Oct. 18. “Tough day but I trust in God. It has been a great privilege to serve at swbts for over 15 years & receive my MDIV & PHD degrees there. Would you pray for swbts as they continue training students & for me as I seek God’s next step?”
In their public general session, trustees adopted a motion from their Academic Affairs Committee “to sustain the action of the administration” on a “faculty disciplinary matter.” The faculty member in question was not named, nor was the cause of the disciplinary matter. On a voice vote, there seemed to be three or four votes against sustaining the administration from among the 34 trustees present.
Finch also was present, and moments before the meeting she was still listed on the Southwestern website as assistant professor of theology in women’s studies. Her faculty page had been removed by the following morning.
A supporter of former Southwestern President Paige Patterson, who was terminated May 30, Finch held the Dorothy Kelley Patterson Chair of Women’s Studies, named for Patterson’s wife. In a May 9 email to the seminary’s board of visitors, Finch claimed an open letter opposing Patterson’s continued leadership at Southwestern did “not reflect the majority of Southern Baptists.”
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Source: Baptist Press