Missouri Baptist leader resigns over 'immoral behavior'

Sunday, January 9, 2011 | 4:51 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Baptist Convention says its executive director has resigned due to what it describes as "immoral behavior with a woman."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Rev. David Tolliver had led the 600,000-member state arm of the Southern Baptist Convention since February 2009.

The organization said in a news release Friday that his departure was immediate.

The release said that one of the organization's leaders, Jay Hughes, will fill in as executive director until a permanent replacement is named.

No additional details were provided, and the Missouri Baptist Convention was closed Sunday. There was no immediate response to e-mail messages that The Associated Press sent to two of the organization's officials.

Tolliver also didn't return a phone call from the AP.

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Jordan Breeden January 17, 2011 | 5:40 p.m.
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