The head of a group investigating the comments of Southern Baptist Convention ethics leader Richard Land has resigned.
Arkansas pastor Richard Piles said he has taken over as Trustee Board chairman for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission after Steve Faith left in order to commit more time to his local church in Indiana, which is currently without a pastor.
The resignation comes just days before the group is supposed to release the findings of an investigation into the commission's president for controversial statements about the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Land recently issued two separate apologies for the comments he made March 31 on his weekly radio show. He also apologized for reading commentary from the Washington Times without attributing it to the newspaper.
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