Campbellsville University to break with Baptist church

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Christian university in central Kentucky is changing its longstanding relationship with Kentucky Baptists so it can appoint its own trustees, but it will also be giving up about $1 million in annual church funding.

Campbellsville University board of trustees Chairman Joseph L. Owens and President Michael V. Carter wrote in a letter Wednesday that the move is to "avoid undue influence and the imposition of theological and doctrinal control." It says the board voted to phase out the money over four years.

Under a 1986 agreement, the Baptist Convention approves the members of the board of trustees.

Baptist Convention President Chip Hutcheson says he is "terribly saddened" by the move and added that the university has made the decision "without so much as a conversation" with the convention.


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