Greenway sues SWBTS, board chair, claims defamation has made him unemployable • Biblical Recorder

Greenway sues SWBTS, board chair, claims defamation has made him unemployable • Biblical Recorder
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FORT Worth (BP) Vital repairs to the presidents dwelling in the wake of his predecessors departure which include mold and mildew through the HVAC program, which include the ductwork contributed mightily to charges that have been applied in a driving-the-scenes initiative for his removal, former Southwestern Seminary president Adam Greenway promises in a lawsuit submitted March 20 from the faculty and Board of Trustees chairman Danny Roberts.

The fit promises that Roberts knew of the situation of the residence, which is also utilised as a multi-function institutional facility for web hosting gatherings such as fundraising activities and receptions, when he toured it with Greenway in February 2019 just right before the latter grew to become president. Repairs started shortly thereafter.

Restoration of the facility was needed to return the Presidents Home to usable issue as a seminary asset in the centre of campus, the match reads.

In get to reduce fees, the accommodate reported Greenway removed 14 entire-time team positions devoted to the property, including a chef. Pecan Manor, as it was identified all through past president Paige Pattersons tenure, also had four offices and up to 27 energetic phone lines. 

A letter sent last drop on behalf of Greenway by his attorney threatening a $5 million lawsuit (that was by no means filed) was identified as baseless and absurd by seminary leadership. The present-day accommodate calls for damages in surplus of $75,000.

It is regrettable that Adam Greenway is suing the seminary he has beforehand claimed to enjoy in response to Southwesterns refusal to agree to his demand of $5 million last fall, Southwestern claimed in a statement. It is also disappointing that his lawyer turned down multiple invitations to examine the proof supporting the community statements previously created by the seminary. We categorically deny the allegations contained in the lawsuit, will defend vigorously the establishment, and are confident the result will exhibit that these statements are entirely baseless.

$1.6 million line of credit

The really-publicized acquire of an espresso equipment was aspect of a professional grade espresso bar costing $11,123.49 that integrated a h2o filtration technique, extras and set up, the suit said. It was among the things employed throughout activities this sort of as graduation weekend, where by roughly 1,000 graduates and families could movement via the residence in a single working day. Reception events all through the Xmas period routinely observed the similar sized crowds.

Expenses for repairs and renovations ended up manufactured with the understanding of the appropriate officers at SWBTS and submitted to Colby Adams, vice president for Organization Administration, who also serves as treasurer, Greenway claimed. Economic records were audited per year by an outside business chosen by trustees, with copies offered to Greenway, customers of Southwesterns board and chair and Southern Baptist Convention officers.

The suit said that in the summer time of 2022, disagreements arose between Greenway and a faction of leadership relating to ongoing employment of individuals inside the administration of [SWBTS].

It was throughout that time Greenway said he figured out Adams had seemingly viewed the need to attract roughly $1.6 million in a line of credit extended to the seminary. This was the very first occasion wherein Plaintiff was suggested that a funding shortfall existed.

Greenway sought to take away Adams from his job, but says he was blocked from doing so by Roberts and other trustees. Adams was as a substitute reassigned in opposition to Greenways needs to operating on Southwestern lawful issues.

Disagreements with SWBTS leaders, alumni

Later on that summer and into the drop, disagreements among Greenway and factions in SWBTS management grew above political subjects.

On Sept. 12, 2022, Greenway posted a tweet vital of a conference that he felt promoted Christian Nationalism, stating:

If The us actually was/is a Christian country as my Twitter feed signifies some are boasting right now then where by are the cries to repent and believe that in its place of just calls to sign-up and go vote? Dont lessen the Bible to a political prop and Jesus to a prospect guide, be sure to.

Greenway alleges this brought considerable pushback from influential Southwestern management and alumni in a team chat. On Sept. 22, the go well with states Roberts met with Greenway and demanded his resignation as president, presenting 6 months income, gains, housing and the guarantee of mutual non-disparagement as conditions of separation.

Greenway resigned underneath people phrases the pursuing working day.

An Oct. 18 push launch by Roberts reneged on those people terms, the match says, by blaming Greenway for the seminarys monetary posture. A settlement arrangement was finally arrived at by means of Greenways counsel for his resignation that provided a provision for both get-togethers to challenge a joint statement.

Southwestern would be liable for the assertion to be issued on or just before Feb. 28, 2023. Greenways official resignation took outcome Feb. 13 previous yr.

A assertion regarding Greenway was emailed to Baptist Press on Feb. 28, but not posted.

As BP documented very last fall, Brandon Porter, associate vice president for conference news at the SBC Government Committee, attained out to each sides for context and comment.

Both equally sides declined to give both, Porter reported at the time. BP editors selected not to publish the assertion or a tale about it without context or comments.

The March 20 suit said that SWBTS has the potential to issue public statements on its web page, and typically does so.

Plaintiff asked for that SWBTS area the statement on its internet site to make certain it was issued, it claimed. SWBTS exclusively declined to do so.

(EDITORS Be aware – Scott Barkley is national correspondent for Baptist Push.)