What was supposed to be an honor — a cover story about a group of successful women pastors — has instead turned into a scandal for a Durham non-denominational church leader.
Sheryl Brady, the 48-year-old pastor of The River Church, was featured among four other women pastors on the cover of Gospel Today, a Christian lifestyle publication based in Atlanta.
The article, titled “Women Pastors: Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” was pulled from the shelves of LifeWay Christian stores because it upset its owner, the Southern Baptist Convention.
The convention believes the position of pastor is reserved for men.
"I respect the theological debate about women in leadership and the Southern Baptist Convention's decision to disagree, but to deny Gospel Today the right to freedom of the press to cover it and discuss it is alarming," said Brady.
The Detroit native and her husband, Bishop Joby Brady, bought the old Homestead Heights Baptist Church in Durham three years ago. The couple, who preach in the Pentecostal tradition, travel widely on the Christian conference and seminar circuit and grabbed the attention of Gospel Today founder and publisher Teresa Hairston.
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