A lawsuit filed by a former Baptist state executive director against the North American Mission Board appears to be headed to trial in June.
Will McRaney, former executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, contends NAMB and its officers defamed him and threatened to take away essential funding from the BCMD, which McRaney alleges led to his firing and subsequent loss of job opportunities.
McRaney won two procedural moves in late December, reported Baptist News Global. On Dec. 21, U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders denied a motion by the BCMD to quash subpoenas issued for testimony in the case. On Dec. 22, Sanders compelled production of discovery material that NAMB had asked to be excluded from public view. The documents in question appear to be nondisclosure agreements, BNG reported.
The case has national significance because NAMB has relied on an ecclesial employment exemption defense, even though McRaney was not a NAMB employee, the report noted.