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Former Md./Del. executive director sues NAMB, claims libel

Former Md./Del. executive director sues NAMB, claims libel

Apr 14, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (BP) – A lawsuit filed by former Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware executive director Will McRaney alleges the North American Mission Board wrongly influenced his separation of employment from the BCMD in 2015. The suit also claims NAMB personnel engaged in "slander and/or libel" of McRaney and attempted to interfere with his speaking engagements after he left the state convention.

In response to the suit, NAMB told Baptist Press April 12 in written comments it "strongly denies Dr. McRaney's allegations," adding today, "No one from NAMB has attempted or will attempt to interfere with Dr. McRaney's ministry efforts and we have not asked anyone else to do so."

The lawsuit was filed April 7 in Winston County, Miss., where McRaney claims he was "uninvited" to speak at a 2016 "missions symposium" due to "intentional interference by NAMB leaders." The suit asks a county court to award unspecified punitive damages to McRaney stemming from "emotional distress" and economic loss.

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