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Meet Mitch Randall

Randall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern State University, a Master of Divinity with biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

He is an Oklahoma native who served previously as pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma, from 2006 to 2017, and before that served churches in Nickerson, Kansas; North Richland Hills, Texas; and Bedford, Texas. He appeared in the 2009 documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

"Mitch Randall brings experience, energy and vision to the leadership position of BCE," said Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. "Picking up a strong legacy, he will forge a new bright future for BCE."

Randall is committed to upholding Baptist traditions while building ecumenical relationships with other Christians and other people of faith.

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Articles by Mitch Randall

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The COVID-19 Virus and Come-to-Jesus Meeting

By Mitch Randall | March 12, 2020

Canceling worship services, gatherings and conferences may seem dire in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but churches and other faith groups must face the reality of the possible consequences of ignoring warnings from scientists.

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Cliff Vaughn Celebrates 20 Years at Baptist Center for Ethics

By Mitch Randall | March 5, 2020

Associate director, culture editor, managing editor and now media producer, Cliff Vaughn has held many roles during his 20 years at Baptist Center for Ethics. His wisdom and insight always promote civility and the common good.

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Are You Prepared to Give Up All Hope for Lent?

By Mitch Randall | February 27, 2020

The 40 days of Lent place Christians on a journey of self-denial. However, the larger lesson of Lent might be we are called to abandon worldly hopes in order to embrace God’s hopes. Are you ready to give up all hope?

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Is Something in the Texas Wind?

By Mitch Randall | February 19, 2020

While the tireless work of Texas Baptists to fend off conservative fundamentalists paid off for decades, it seems the Texas winds have changed. Conservative Baptists are inching closer to acting like the fundamentalists of old.

John Pierce, Mitch Randall and Autumn Lockett

4 Service Offerings Will Be at Heart of Good Faith Media

By Mitch Randall | February 13, 2020

When EthicsDaily and Nurturing Faith unite to form the faith-based media company Good Faith Media, our mission will be to offer reflection and resources at the intersection of culture and faith through an inclusive Christian lens.

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Christianity at a Crossroads: Is Another Schism Inevitable?

By Mitch Randall | January 16, 2020

Unable to find common ground on LGBTQ ordination and the church’s response to same-sex marriage, the United Methodist Church is expected to split. The split might be revealing a larger division emerging within Christianity.

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Aesop’s Wars: Do Presidents Cry Wolf?

By Mitch Randall | January 8, 2020

The decision for any president to engage in warlike actions should be taken with great caution and wisdom. Yet our presidents seem to be falling into a pattern of crying wolf when it comes to clear evidence for warlike actions.

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On New Path of 2020, We Will Discover Bright Lights of Hope

By Mitch Randall | January 2, 2020

While we should never forget the past, we should not dwell on it either. With another year behind us, we must look toward the future through courageous and optimistic eyes. Here are my hopeful possibilities for 2020.

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Baptists of the Year 2019: Amanda Tyler and Jorge Zapata

By Mitch Randall | December 27, 2019’s board of directors announced the Baptist of the Year 2019 will be awarded to two amazing people. One for her work to combat Christian nationalism; the other for his ministry to immigrants at our southern border.

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How Will You React to Christmas’ Special Delivery?

By Mitch Randall | December 20, 2019

’Tis the season when special deliveries are arriving on front porches all across the US, more than 2.5 billion last year. As Christmas quickly approaches, let us remember the special delivery of that day long ago.