“Espresso is to Italy, what champagne is to France.” Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
This weekend thru Monday is my son’s wedding. My mom is declining every day, and I also need to spend time with her. They are planning to switch her to comfort care only next Wednesday. Todd has graciously offered to do a post on Friday. We have a plan for Monday as well. There will be no EChurch this week.
So it seems that Adam Greenway knew how to spend your hard-earned tithe money on himself.
Adam Greenway is just one more SBC leader who thinks he is entitled to your tithe money. By entitled, I mean he thinks he deserves the “big bucks” for his “service” to the SBC. He resigned from SWBTS amid concerns about student enrollment dropping. The real problem was that Greenway finally had his hands on some big bucks and decided to spend it on a luxurious lifestyle at SWBTS. Shades of Paige Patterson! In June 2023, SWBTS released Board officers issue’ Summary of Findings’ by trustee Task Force. Let’s look at a few of these findings.
Between 2019 and 2022, over $1.5 million was spent on renovations, furnishings, and related expenses to the President’s home. These expenditures were made at a time when the seminary was making significant budget cuts, including the reduction of faculty personnel and positions. Examples of expenses for the President’s home include $59,865.79 for Christmas decorations, more than $25,000 for artwork, and $11,123.49 for an espresso machine and accessories. Despite extensive renovations completed early in his tenure, further optional work was done on the President’s home in late 2021 when more than $180,000 was spent on HVAC work.
$11,000 for an espresso machine?
$59,685.79 for Christmas decorations?!
He appears to have been milking the SWBTS cash cow. There was more.
Between the summer of 2020 and early 2021, over $500,000 was spent on the President’s office, including renovations and furniture.
The task force also found numerous examples of improper expenses charged to the seminary by Greenway himself and/or individuals whom he authorized to use his seminary credit card in violation of seminary policy, including $9,936.05 for first-class airfare for Greenway, his family, and a family friend to Anaheim, California, for the 2022 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, $4,850.51 for the framing of personal diplomas, and $920 for a metal University of Florida Gator head decoration (one of Greenway’s favorite college athletic programs).
Gotta fly the big boy and his family first class to the convention for almost $10,000? No problemo. Keep those gifts and tithes coming. Did you think it would be spent on spreading the Gospel?
SWBTS Board officers are “grieved.”
I get so sick and tired of the term “grieved.” The SBC is grieved over sex abuse. The SBC is grieved over the loss of membership. According to the Thesaurus, grieving means something more profound than some guys yelping when they heard about the espresso machine. It means more, much more.
Here’s the deal. I don’t think they are particularly grieved. I guess that Greenway was a friend of the wrong faction at this time in the SBC. If only he had been a member of the NAMB or the IMB, all sorts of things would be kept quiet. Do we know how much he made as the President of SWBTS?
I have yet to see real grief expressed by some of these leaders on anything, including sex abuse in the SBC. Does anyone remember JD Greear’s crocodile tears before he rode off into the sunset? Nope- I doubt anyone is grieving. I think most are wondering how to get the big bucks for themselves.
Greenway filed a $ 5 million lawsuit.
Liam Adams of The Tennessean posted Southern Baptist seminary turmoil continues as ex-president demands $5M in lawsuit threat. It looks like he is having trouble getting a job, and he has decided that SWBTS can pay him big bucks.
Greenway threatened to sue Southwestern, a Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in a demand letter for $5 million, which said the financial disclosures humiliated Greenway and harmed his job prospects. The letter is a sharp break from a resolution the two sides once sought.
The Board refused to give him the moola and claimed they would take it to court if necessary.
“If Dr. Greenway should decide to file suit, we will defend aggressively the seminary against every claim,” Richard said in his statement. “The facts, when fully known, will reveal a very different reality than the one contained in his demand letter.”
Greenway’s lawyers claim that the trustee investigation was accusatory at the level of embezzlement and not correct in reporting some of the expenditures.
“The framing of these expenditures as unauthorized and lavish personal gain undertaken by Dr. Greenway is an assertion of financial impropriety on par with embezzlement,” Greenway attorney Andrew Jones said in the Sept. 25 letter to Southwestern, according to a copy The Tennessean obtained.
The lawyer claims his espresso machine only costs $6,000!!!
The following quote is the main reason I wanted to write this post.
Southwestern’s public disclosures of spending under Greenway were “grossly inflated and false,” Jones said. For example, an “infamous ‘$11,000 espresso machine’” — a detail that many Southern Baptists have joked about since Southwestern published it — was actually $5,952.67, Jones said.
I am so glad that the President of an SBC seminary thinks this money is reassuring to us, the great unwashed, Keurig-drinking tithers who paid for the $#*& machine!!! I see. So everyone will feel really good about $6,000 espresso machines? That is a foolish statement.
The SWBTS leadership plans to fight this lawsuit tooth and nail since there was a settlement already…
This fight will probably be on your tithe dollars. Also, how much money did he already get in the settlement? Baptist Press posted Lawsuit threat by Greenway’ baseless’ and ‘absurd,’ says SWBTS leadership. It seems there already was some settlement. How much money is this guy getting??
“SWBTS has fully complied with its obligations under the Settlement Agreement and will continue to do so,” said the seminary’s attorney, Michael D. Anderson, in a response letter to Jones dated Oct. 11. “The matters raised in your letter do not constitute a breach of the Settlement Agreement, regardless of how you characterize them.”
Anderson cited Greenway’s request in April for the seminary to fulfill [its promise of transparency to Southern Baptists by releasing the full trustee investigative report including all related findings, without edit or redaction.” Greenway’s statement was released on X, formerly Twitter.
“The fact that Dr. Greenway does not like the results of that financial review and the public disclosure of it (which he demanded) does not make the results of the financial review false or in any way defamatory,” said Anderson.
Most salaries and perks in the SBC leadership are not reported since, I assume, the little guy can’t handle it.
Perhaps the problems with Greenway should be a warning to the SBC faithful. Greenway is only the tip of the iceberg for the SBC. I predict that transparency will soon be demanded on all levels. When that day comes, I believe plenty of weeping and wailing will go forth from the little tither who should be seen and not heard.
It’s time to tell the truth to the tithers. And a $6,000 espresso machine is too much money for most people.
PS Tell them I will get some folks and come to decorate the mansion on the cheap. Target has some great ideas, or is Target only for the riff-raff? $60,000 on Christmas decorations????? Baloney!