Sovereign Grace Ministries Relocating Headquarters to Kentucky

Ministry cites the economy as main factor in the decision; critic cites conflict over leader C. J. Mahaney.

Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), which has weathered controversy over its leadership and discipline practices, will relocate its offices and pastor-training program to Louisville, Kentucky.

Currently based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, SGM cited the economy as the main factor in its decision. It also hopes to expand its Pastors College and collaborate with Louisville-based Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS).

"In short, our mission is to serve Sovereign Grace churches, and being located in the DC area was placing limitations on our ability to do so," John Loftness, chairman of the SGM board, said in a statement.

SGM currently has no churches in Kentucky or Indiana, but Loftness said SGM president C. J. Mahaney will plant a church in Louisville. Albert Mohler Jr., president of SBTS, told The Courier-Journal he welcomed the church plant and SGM's move.

"I think the Sovereign Grace churches are a demonstration of the revitalization of Christianity in the ...

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