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Southern Baptists expel sex offender’s church

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, on Tuesday expelled one of its churches for employing a pastor who is a registered sex offender.

Church leaders voted at a meeting in Nashville, Tenn., to remove Ranchland Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, from the denomination "because of its employment of a lifetime registered sex offender as pastor," a spokesman for the denomination's executive committee, Jon Wilke, said in an email.