(RNS) — Organizers of a major Southern Baptist pastors conference are standing by their choice to feature a spoken word artist and pastor named Hosanna Wong despite a growing controversy over whether Wong’s presence contradicts the Southern Baptist Convention’s doctrine on women pastors.
Wong, who is scheduled to perform a spoken word selection at the June meeting of the SBC Pastors’ Conference in Orlando, Florida, serves as a teaching pastor for a San Diego church. She is the only woman included in a list, released Monday (Feb. 10.), of speakers and guests set to appear at the conference.
Her presence on the list was met with protests on social media.
Critics have demanded that Wong be disinvited from the event, citing the Baptist Faith and