Hunt also denied ever making comments about protecting his ministry, the SBC, and 40,000 churches.
The report states that Hunt was “very calm, expressed little to no emotion, did not get upset, did not raise his voice, or express outrage at the allegations while being interviewed by Guidepost investigators.”
While Guidepost investigators found the pastor and his wife (the sexual abuse survivor), Blankenship, and the other three witnesses to be credible, they did not find Hunt to be credible due to his denial of physical contact. Further, the investigation placed him on the condo’s balcony at the time(s) described by the pastor’s wife.
Hunt Releases Statement
Hunt released a statement late Sunday afternoon in which he “vigorously” denied the allegations brought against him in the Guidepost report.
“During my fifty years of ministry, I’ve always had a singular goal—to share the good news of Jesus Christ with a broken world,” Hunt wrote in the statement posted to Twitter. “It has been the joy of my life to minister alongside so many selfless men and women at the North American Mission Board to spread the hope, love and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Hunt shared that he resigned from his position at NAMB but will continue to dedicate his life to “encouraging and instructing pastors.”
The former SBC president explained that he was aware of the Guidepost Solutions report but said, “I did not see a copy of the report before today, and I have not had an opportunity to read the entire report.”
“I want to be clear—my heart breaks for all victims of abuse. I support the rights of abuse victims to be heard and respected and made whole. I also support transparency and accountability for abusers,” Hunt said. “But transparency and accountability must be founded on truth and accuracy.
Claiming that the Guidepost report is inaccurate, Hunt reiterated that he never abused anyone, saying, “To put it bluntly, I vigorously deny the circumstances and characterizations set forth in the Guidepost report. I have never abused anybody. Southern Baptists navigating this challenging season must remember: ‘It is the truth that will set us free.’”