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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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Is It Time for a New Christian Movement?

By Mitch Randall | February 28, 2019

Is it time for a new movement within Christianity? Evidence seems to indicate one is already underway and will be led by the emerging generation. Here are 6 facets of what that new movement might look like.

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What Gun Would Jesus Pack?

By Mitch Randall | February 22, 2019

The U.S. has more civilian-owned firearms than people: 326 million people vs. 393 million civilian-owned firearms. Here’s the stark reality: A segment of our society is obsessed with guns to the detriment of the common good.

Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) at a performance

Childish Gambino and James Cone on Race, Justice and Hope

By Mitch Randall | February 14, 2019

As citizens grapple with their racist history and combat modern-day bigotry at the highest levels, Childish Gambino’s Grammy win is a prophetic moment when art speaks truth to culture. And James Cone reminds us why we need justice.

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Getting Beyond the Divide on Abortion: Is Listening the Key?

By Mitch Randall | February 7, 2019

In our patriarchal society, men often try to commandeer the debate concerning abortion and women’s health. We men need to listen to women with open ears and open hearts. Here are 5 ways to do that.

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Time for an Education About Myths of ‘School Choice’

By Mitch Randall | January 31, 2019

School choice” sounds wonderfully appealing on the surface, but proponents don’t always share the facts and ramifications of their policies. Public education needs to be completely and generously funded and supported.

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Doggone Theology: 6 Life Lessons from Shadow

By Mitch Randall | January 24, 2019

We had to say goodbye to our family dog, Shadow, a part of our family for 11 years. Our best little buddy taught me some “doggone theology” during his life. Here are 6 lessons.

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Yet More Racially Charged Remarks Beg the Question (again): Is President Trump a Racist?

By Mitch Randall | January 15, 2019

The president has a difficult time understanding and relating to others not of his fold. He persists in making comments based upon preconceived ideas he has about the world, which often tend to be false stereotypes based upon race.

A 2018 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ChurchWorks conference

The Baptist Tent: Room for All

By Mitch Randall | January 7, 2019

Centrist Baptists have felt abandoned by both fundamentalists and liberals. However, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a diverse community seeking to do missions and ministry in new and exciting ways, and there’s room for all.

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Deconstructing the Wall: A Critique of Theological Isolationism, Protectionism

By Mitch Randall | January 3, 2019

As calls for a wall along our southern border echo across the land, thoughtful Christians should reflect and examine this issue from a theological perspective. Jesus sought to tear down walls and embrace a theology of inclusivity.

A prayer vigil takes place outside the Southwest Key shelter in south Texas

EthicsDaily 2018: Working with Partners Advocating for Human Rights of Immigrants

By Mitch Randall | December 31, 2018

Standing on the solid ground of Scripture, EthicsDaily is committed to working with partners advocating for the human rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.