Many convention messengers attributed the close margin of Fenner’s election less to her gender and more to dissatisfaction with current BGCT leadership, as well as the other nominee’s West Texas ties.Camp neglected to mention that many convention messengers do attribute the close margin of Fenner's election to her gender -- and less to dissatisfaction with current BGCT leadership. The other nominee's West Texas ties were also a factor.
The supposed messenger dissatisfaction with current BGCT leadership was not evident on the votes for first and second vice president -- both of whom were males.
It's time to stop pretending that there are not sizeable pockets of Baptists within the BGCT that still resist the placement of women in positions of key leadership.
All it takes to confirm that is to count the number of churches in West Texas who permit women to serve as deacons within their churches.
Frankly, it is amazing that a woman was elected president of the state convention before more than 95% of the churches have ever elected a woman to serve as deacon.