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Naming of new student recreational center suspended

Naming of new student recreational center suspended

BBC&S has suspended indefinitely pending a review its decision to name the new on-campus student recreational center in honor of the late Wendell Kempton. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to affirm this decision on Tuesday afternoon, September 4.

Over Labor Day weekend, we were made aware of fresh concerns about the responses of Association of Baptists for World Evangelism leaders during the presidency of the late Wendell Kempton to disturbing matters of sexual abuse of missionary children by missionaries overseas in the 1980s. This was added to previously reported information from ABWE and others. We also received emails from BBC&S alumni and friends, who asked us about the planned naming of the student recreational center in honor of Wendell Kempton.

Specifically, we will not hold a planned October 13 ribbon-cutting, dedication, and memorial wall ceremony at the building. Additionally, the building information website -- www.bbc.edu/kempton -- is no longer active.

An open house, originally planned to follow the dedication at 10 a.m., will take place. The building will be open for student use at that time.

BBC&S intends to sort through facts with integrity as additional information becomes available. The late Wendell Kempton was a man with a deep legacy of service for Jesus Christ. Any decision to honor an individual through naming a building in their honor, though, will come after a serious process of examination of questions of paramount importance.

Posted on: 9/5/2012 11:35:41 AM

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