MAY 31, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Magee, Miss. — Rev. Brad Eubank, pastor of First Baptist Church of Petal and an abuse survivor who came forward to SBC leaders in 2014, will be nominated for the 1st Vice Presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention at the annual meeting scheduled for next month in Anaheim, Calif. Eubank, whose story of abuse was included in the recent Sexual Abuse Task Force report, will be nominated by fellow MIssissippi pastor, Dr. Adam Wyatt of Corinth Baptist in Magee.
“As Southern Baptists seek to address the horrifying realities outlined in the Task Force report, we must have leaders who are both biblically faithful and sensitive to the pleas from the survivor community for much-needed reforms,” Wyatt said. “My friend Brad Eubank is exactly the man to help guide us through this process in the coming year.”
Since 2012, Eubank has served First Baptist Petal as senior pastor, having previously served other pastorates and student ministry positions in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. A graduate of Baylor University and Beeson Divinity School, Eubank has led First Petal to increase support of the Cooperative Program from three percent to ten percent while surpassing annual goals for both the Lottie Moon Christmas and Annie Armstrong Easter Offerings.
“As a member of the Executive Committee who has advocated for greater transparency and sweeping reforms, I have seen firsthand how Brad Eubank’s courageous and principled leadership is making a difference. When I learned how he had been mistreated and marginalized by convention lawyers, I determined to do everything I could to make it right,” Wyatt noted.
“Rather than asking survivors to stay quiet, we should be encouraging them to speak out. Rather than keeping their reports of abuse in a secret file in Nashville, we should be inviting survivors to help us fix a broken system. It’s time we stop sidelining men like Brad Eubank, and start giving them a platform to effect lasting change.”
“Brad’s conservative commitment to our convention and his passionate spirit of cooperation are exactly what our convention needs, and I’m honored to ask my fellow messengers in Anaheim to elect him.”