(RNS) — The Rev. Molly T. Marshall has stepped down as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary due to an unspecified “ethical lapse,” according to a statement from the seminary.

Marshall said she offered her resignation effective March 1 “because of an ethical lapse that betrayed my stewardship of office,” according to her statement the seminary released March 30.

“I humbly apologize to the board and the rest of the Central constituency and seek forgiveness. My deepest prayer is for the flourishing of the school and her new president.”

Marshall, a theologian and longtime proponent of women in ministry, said she voluntarily resigned to protect the seminary. She resigned from all her duties as president and professor of theology and spiritual formation.

“As this is a

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