Pastor and Southern Baptist Leader Johnny Hunt Resigns From North American Mission Board After Report Says He Sexually Assaulted Another Pastor’s Wife; He Denies Allegations

ALPHARETTA (BP) – Longtime pastor and SBC leader Johnny Hunt resigned from his position at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) on May 13, according to a statement from NAMB President Kevin Ezell. Hunt served as the senior vice president of evangelism and leadership since August 2018. He led prominent Southern Baptist church First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., from 1986 until his appointment at NAMB.

Hunt was mentioned in the report from Guidepost Solutions released Sunday (May 22) on the alleged mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the SBC Executive Committee.

In the report, Guidepost said, “During our investigation, an SBC pastor and his wife came forward to report that SBC President Johnny Hunt (2008-2010) had sexually assaulted the wife on July 25, 2010.

Investigators say, “… their report was corroborated in part by a counseling minister and three other credible witnesses; and our investigators did not find Dr. Hunt’s statements related to the sexual assault allegation to be credible.”

Hunt denied the claims on his Twitter account Sunday.

“To put it bluntly: I vigorously deny the circumstances and characterizations set forth in the Guidepost report. I have never abused anybody,” he wrote.

In the tweet, Hunt acknowledged he did resign from NAMB. “While I have resigned from my position at NAMB, I will continue to dedicate my life to encouraging and instructing pastors.”

Ezell said, “Prior to May 13, I was not aware of any alleged misconduct on the part of Johnny Hunt. I learned the details of the report today along with the rest of our Southern Baptist family.”

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Source: Baptist Press