A pastor well-known around the nation and with ties to the Upstate is stepping away from the pulpit after admitting to a “morally inappropriate” relationship.
Dr. Frank Page led Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors from 2000 to 2009 before becoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The current pastor and members at Taylors FBC spoke with 7News Wednesday.
Page declined comment to reporters Wednesday.
The exact nature of the relationship that led to his resignation is still unknown.
Page did say in his statement Tuesday that he hopes to rebuild the trust of his wife and two daughters.
Ellen Rogers, who has been a member at Taylors First Baptist for more than 40 years, says she has fond memories of Page’s time at her home church.
She says she and other congregants have kept up with their former pastor’s rise within the leadership ranks at the Southern Baptist Convention and says they were well aware of the news that Page had resigned.
Rogers says, “it’s a shame that happened and I’m sorry that happened, but he can be forgiven. The Lord will forgive him and I’m sure he’s asked to be forgiven. The Lord will forgive him so we can forgive him, too.”
Statement from Paul Jimenez, Pastor at Taylors First Baptist Church, on Page’s resignation:
“I along with our entire church body remain heartbroken over the news surrounding Dr. Page’s resignation. Dr. Page served Taylors incredibly well until 2009 with a love for God’s people and a passion to proclaim the gospel everywhere. We couldn’t be more grateful. These characteristics were on full display as he then helped lead our denomination to great kingdom impact across the country and around the world. The grace, mercy and forgiveness of the gospel that Dr. Page proclaimed with all of his heart is the very same grace, mercy and forgiveness that will reach his heart now and will reach every single one of our hearts as we respond to God’s love through Christ. Our church loves and firmly stands with Dr. Page and Dayle and their entire family by falling to our knees in much prayer. We also pray for our church body and the many friends of the Pages throughout our community. This Easter season, with great hope, we lift our eyes to the resurrected Jesus and come humbly to the throne of grace for He promises that it is there where we’ll find mercy and grace in our time of need.”
The executive director of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in Columbia, Gary Hollingsworth released a statement on the state convention’s website Wednesday:
“While we pray for him, his family, and for everyone involved, it is a fresh reminder to all of the importance of guarding our hearts and building in levels of personal responsibility.”
Leaders at the national headquarters in Nashville say they will be conducting a search for Page’s replacement once an interim transition plan has been established.