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Virginia Baptist Executive Board Addresses CBF’s Illumination Project Report

Posted: 2/26/18 at 4:30pm

Henrico, VA — During the meeting of the Virginia Baptist Executive Board today, board members approved the following statement:

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) at numerous annual meetings has affirmed and acted on its commitment to its orthodox and traditional view of biblical marriage and sexuality. The BGAV remains committed to respecting, welcoming, and loving all persons in the name of Christ while affirming an orthodox view of marriage between a man and a woman.  

The Virginia Baptist Executive Board regrets it has had to address the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) approval of the Illumination Project Committee’s report permitting the hiring of LGBT personnel for certain staff positions in the organization. Though the BGAV respects CBF’s right to change its hiring policy, such a decision has had a direct impact on the BGAV.  The Executive Board has sought to respond in the most prayerful and prudent way to the effects of this impact.  

Therefore, the Virginia Baptist Executive Board believes it must take action on behalf of the General Association to have all of BGAV’s CBF contributing churches send their CBF gifts directly to the CBF National Office as soon as this is feasible. The Executive Board believes this action serves the BGAV, while respecting CBF.

“I want to express appreciation to the Executive Board for the spirit and heart with which they made this decision,” said John Upton, BGAV executive director.

In the coming weeks, the treasurer’s office will work with the approximately 200 BGAV churches that have a giving relationship with CBF to help them send their CBF contributions directly to the CBF national office.


The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea; Toronto, Ontario; the District of Columbia; and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.